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Education and training in a period of rapid change

Francisco Martin Leon 6 min

And this requires a concerted and coordinated response. ” Education and training in a period of rapid change ”Was, therefore, the theme of a WMO international virtual symposium, which emphasized the challenges and opportunities to face rapidly progressing technology, service delivery expectations, the globalization of the meteorological business, growth in urban environments, and impacts of climate change.

The Symposium on Education and Training (SYMET) It is held once every four years to help the international community meet current meteorological and hydrological education and training challenges and those expected to emerge in the next five to ten years. The fourteenth session, and the first virtual one, took into account the lessons learned from new training and teaching approaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 200 SYMET participants focused on how to prepare and train specialists who can meet the requirements of the future. They emphasized the need to develop new content areas, expected learning outcomes, modes of delivery, and create new forms of instructional media and pedagogical approaches to meet expanding and changing needs.

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The Symposium also reviewed joint educational programs and opportunities to close the gap in human resources in developing countries and the evolution of the WMO Global Campus , a collaborative network of WMO Member institutions and National Meteorological Hydrological Services.

The COVID-14 pandemic has forever changed approaches to education and training. I have no doubt that the outcome of this Symposium will be beneficial to the work of WMO, especially at this time when the Organization is also undergoing a reform process to be able to respond to the present and future challenges of the world in the areas of meteorology. , climate, water and related environmental issues “said WMO Secretary General Prof. Petteri Taalas.

SYMET agreed on a statement of results, which included a series of recommendations addressed to WMO and international organizations, policy makers and governments, and education and training institutions. Highlighted the critical importance of increased investment in education and training to meet rapidly growing needs.

Once again, the Symposium strongly endorsed the WMO Global Campus Initiative as a mechanism to strengthen the international and regional collaboration necessary to advance global Earth system science and forecasting training needs. He said the Global Campus concept should be expanded to include mentoring and peer collaboration in the development of new resources and innovations.

The final document of the Symposium will become a roadmap for the development of hydrometeorological education, increasing its efficiency, and promoting cooperation between regional training centers and WMO academic scientific and technical commissions“said Dr. Anna Timofeeva from the Russian State Hydrometeorological University and Co-Chair of the SYMET-14 International Advisory Committee.

He said the results of the Symposium encompassed the reform of WMO towards the earth system approach, which aims at global and seamless observations of weather, climate, water and environmental pollution.

WMO’s strategy, infrastructure and services are changing; Additional opportunities appear regarding the processing of big data, the construction of multifactorial models; Requirements for the competence of NMHS staff are also changing ”Said Dr. Timofeeva.

Meteorological education and training has never been more important. As we saw at the COP26 conference, there is a pressing need to develop the people and tools to adapt to a climate in which climatic extremes are sadly more common and more damaging. A vital part of this adaptation system is the provision of high-quality, accurate and timely weather forecasts. ”Said Prof. Andrew Charlton-Perez of the University of Reading and Co-Chair of the SYMET-14 International Advisory Committee.

We hope that this meeting can develop new ways to increase the quantity and quality of meteorological training around the world and international cooperation is key to this effort.“said Prof. Charlton-Perez.

The Symposium noted that cooperation Among universities, NMHS training centers, WMO regional training centers and international education and training partners, it provides a solid basis for: increased sharing of teaching and learning resources and approaches; collaboration in the development and delivery of education and training opportunities; develop common models or systems for accreditation, certification, evaluation and assessment and their underlying quality control systems; and the development of shared tools and platforms to develop, deliver and monitor / report on education and training activities.

November 26, 2021


This entry was published in News on Nov 28, 2021 by Francisco Martín León


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