What is Hydro Asia?
This Hydro Asia is convened every year since it was started in 2007, and the 8th meeting will be held in July this year.
The philosophy of this collaboration is to understand and discuss the water resources practice and policy, and then to develop methodologies for adaptive management and to exchange the idea for the solution of the water related problems, especially in the
Asian monsoon regions.
With the growing concerns of shortage of water resource and water disasters caused by climate change, there is a need to solve such issues through better integrated and sustainable water management.
And holding Hydro Asia will be very meaningful at this important juncture. This event will serve as an opportunity for professors and students from world around such as Korea, France, China, Spain, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, and so on, to come together and explore ways to resolve water-related problems and share effective water management knowledge. It is our great wish that you establish strong networks of friendship among the participants gathered.

Who are joining?
The Hydro Asia program has attracted lots of universities over the world: Kyoto University, Chuo University in Japan, Tsinghua University, Tianjin University, Beijing University of Technology, Ocean University of Qingdao, Qingdao Technological University in China, Hongkong University, Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand, Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, Danang University in Vietnam, Ulaanbaatar University in Mongolia, National University of Singapore, Vietnam National University in Hanoi and several universities in Korea, such as Seoul National University, Korea University, Incheon National University, Inha University, and Chungbuk National University. Even participants from European universities (University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis in France, University of Cottbus in Germany, University of Catalunya in Spain, Euro Aquae) are now participating in this program.
The total number of participants increases from year to year. This year we are planning to have about 150 participants (both professors and students)

Courses concept

HydroAsia is an Intensive Research Program within an academic framework, initiated by
 - Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore (Singapore)
 - International Center for Urban Water Hydroinformatics Research & Innovation (South Korea)
 - University of Incheon (South Korea)
 - Danang University of Technology (Vietnam)
 - Chuo University (Japan)
 - Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University (Japan)
 - Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok (Thailand)
 - Beijing University of Technology (China)
 - Tianjin University (China)
 - Qingdao Technical University (China)

The objective of Hydro-Asia is to promote, in a global Asian vision, the key concepts, methodologies, tools and good practices which are essential for a sustainable water management. Today, problems related to water have become more and more complex and the analysis requires global and holistic approaches. HydroAsia collaborates closely with HydroEurope managed by the EuroAquae consortium, running the joint master of sciences on 'Hydroinformatics and Water Management' operated jointly by 5 European universities.

Today, Modern Information and Communication Technology (ICT) offer vast opportunities to explore and promote a new dimension in the engineering activity: a collaborative work of team-partners residing at different locations and working at different times using the internet as a common working and communication platform. Collaboration in this environment demands for new skills and a new 'technological culture'. This is a challenge for the Asian dimension where in future more and more experts and engineers from different countries with different languages, different cultures and mentalities as well as different specializations and professional experiences will have to collaborate in research, teaching and practice. Training of collaborations in such new environment is one of the great challenges of this endeavor/concept which by collaboration of the three Hydro-Asia partners will help to establish high quality university teaching courses and links between students from the partner institutions.

The three partners of Hydro-Asia have decided to introduce this new concept, wherever possible, into each individual university program. They complement academic teaching and collaboration on pre-defined project objectives through the internet; these activities will be concluded in a 5-day face-to-face meeting of all participating students and teachers at one place. At the face-to-face meeting, teaching of new technologies on runoff processes will be emphasized by related professors and works resulting from the participating students' internet interaction will be presented and discussed. During this time gained experience will be exchanged and personal contacts will be established and deepened.

Quality assurance

The internal evaluation of Hydro-Asia Quality Assurance aims to outline the general quality assessment of the intensive research program and to measure the degree of satisfaction of all stakeholders.
Throughout the programme, the three partner institutions share their knowledge and skills in different domains related to water management and engineering: mathematical formulation of physics and hydraulics, insight in physics of rivers, experience with field surveys, hydrological and hydraulic modelling, hydroinformatics, numerical simulations, river engineering, sediment transport, river morphological behaviour... Hydro-Asia Quality Assurance process will determine the degree of adequacy of the formation with regard to the two main objectives:
 - The practice and technical control of hydrological and hydraulic modelling tools and methods on a real-life case;
 - The use of web-based collaborative engineering, in response to professional needs in relation with floods and engineering works.

The Self-Assessment Process
The evaluation of Hydro-Asia program will be launched at the end of the face-to-face meeting. All stakeholders - Students, Teaching Staff, Lecturers, Coordinators of Asian institutions, Public Authorities - will be requested to describe their self-assessment of the program. Each participant will be invited to express his/her own judgment in a free way by filling up a form comprising eight items to be evaluated (max. 100 words for each item). The blank versions of the forms are appended to the present page.

Dissemination of the Evaluation Report
According to the pre-defined items of the questionnaires, a detailed approach of each considered item will be described in reports by Advisors/External Experts. The conclusions of the evaluation process will suggest recommendations, proposals and actions to be taken for the improvement of the program with regard to organizational/logistic issues, the academic program, teaching contents/tools, the collaborative enginering experience. The Quality Assurance final report will be available on the platform, and will constitute the pre-requisites for the next session of Hydro-Asia program.

Quality assurance questionnaires
 - SelfAssessment_S.doc
 - SelfAssessment_P.doc