After elaborate preparations for over one year, the first session of postgraduates majoring in water security of Beijing Normal University-University of Saskatchewan and master & doctoral candidates of the Grade 2019 of our college together participated in the 2019 School Opening Day for Freshmen of Beijing Normal University on September 2, 2019, which marks that the master freshmen majoring in water security officially ushered in the new school career.
On September 15, College of Water Sciences, Beijing Normal University and University of Saskatchewan joined hands together to open the "first course at the term beginning" for the first session of postgraduates majoring in water security. Professor Karsten Liber, Executive Director of School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, Professor Jeffrey McDonnell, Deputy Director of Global Institute for Water Security, Pan Chengzhong, Vice President of College of Water Sciences, Beijing Normal University and Dong Haoyue, Assistant of Project of Master of Water Security exchanged and interacted with freshmen. Professor Karsten introduced the discipline advantages of University of Saskatchewan, and the general situation, curriculum design and course teacher arrangement of the Project of Master of Water Security. Professor Pan Chengzhong expressed his hope that the students should habituate themselves to the new environment of learning and living as soon as possible, and encouraged students to cherish the precious learning opportunity and fully draw on the learning resources of Beijing Normal University to realize constant self-enrichment and self-perfection.
(Professor Karsten Liber teaches the first class at the term beginning for freshmen)
On September 16, master freshmen majoring in water security officially began their school term. The first class (Hydrology) was taught by Professor Jeffrey McDonnell, Deputy Director of Global Institute for Water Security, University of Saskatchewan. Professor Jeffrey McDonnell, academician of the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada, and a member of American Geophysical Union (AGU) & Geological Society of America (GSA), is well-accomplished in watershed hydrology and isotope hydrology.
(Professor Jeffrey McDonnell is teaching the course of Hydrology)
The masters of water security are jointly cultivated by College of Water Sciences, Beijing Normal University, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan and Global Institute for Water Security, University of Saskatchewan. As they complete the study ranging from 1 to 2 years, they are expected to obtain the master degree of University of Saskatchewan at last. And with the certification of Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange of the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, masters of water security are allowed to apply or register for the doctorate of well-known universities at home and abroad. The master of water security in both University of Saskatchewan and Beijing Normal University are rendered to the same standard of learning, through which it is hopeful that students of two parties can exchange with and learn from each other in the school of the opposite side. The project, while fully taking advantage of the discipline advantages of two universities to provide students with favorable teachers and teaching conditions, has been dedicated to developing an international pattern for training highly specialized personnel of water security through the powerful collaboration.