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Unique features

The PPGERHA unique features are basically related to the multidisciplinarity of its professors, students, and infrastructure, consequently working in fundamental and applied research projects, which always mix and consider engineering projects with environmental concerns, and not treating those separately.

The program has a long history and consequently also a vast academic experience related to the didactical methods inside a classroom or practical disciplines and projects. Based on this, the following items were evaluated positively and, compared to other PhD programs, represent a unique feature of PPGERHA:

  • INTEGRATED ADMISSION PROCESS: Since 2013, the admission processes was modified in order to increase information of the program to students before and during the process, so as to avoid surprises and non-feasible expectations. Besides organizing an integration seminar for the candidates with all professors and students of the program, a “WelcomePackPPGERHA” was also elaborated for the new students, containing all relevant information (from resolutions to administrative and coexistence issues). One of the results of this is a more prepared and united class at the start of the course and less dropouts.
  • CONTINUOUS FOLLOW-UP: From 2012 on, all students must hand in an annual form analyzed and approved by their mentor: the FORMAL (Activities and Education Form of the Students). This form, associated with historical records, passes through an evaluation of commissions of “Masters Performance” or “Doctorate Performance”, who report annually to the board about general performance of all the students and identify individual or systematic problems to be resolved. This evaluation allowed for the curriculum to be adjusted and to avoid problems and to resolve individual matters before the defense of the thesis or dissertation. This form is also used to enhance the offer of optative disciplines and to improve financial planning, since the students should include their discipline choice predictions for the following year. This certainly helped the record of student activity.
  • INTEGRATED ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT: The program encourages a full conviviality among students in the PPGERHA environment, in order to allow for a continuous immersion of students in matters of maters and doctorate. In order to make this possible, the program makes available, today, five study rooms, which were all remodeled in 2013 with new furniture and computers for all students. Additionally, many Scientific Initiation and dissertation undergraduate students work in the same study rooms as masters and doctoral students, ensuring a highly productive integration that will be encouraged in the future. In the doctorate program, students are only accepted if they dedicate themselves exclusively to the program. In order to make it possible for students to focus solely on their students, the program increased the number of scholarship through a great effort of submitting projects to funding agencies and to research and development. A very important integration has shown to be the elaboration of projects coordinated by professors of the program or with participation in the program, where students received important responsibilities in the projects, thus also receiving a complementary scholarship, as long as their work is related to their research and was approved by the collegiate. This integration has shown to be very motivating.
  • QUALIFICATION PHASES OF THE DOCTORATE PROGRAM: The two additional qualification stages of the doctorate course, called Qualification II and III, have shown to be very useful in order to improve the monitoring of doctoral students research development. It is used to make necessary corrections and suggestions before the defense, enhancing thus the quality of their thesis and at the same time encouraging the promotion of preliminary results in congress and sandwich doctorate publications.
  • PROGRAM FOR YOUNG PROFESSORS: Since 2013, when PPGERHA started to accept young professors (who recently finalized their Ph.D.), some of those who graduated from the program implemented the “Program for Young Professors”. This program was created to support these professors in the preparation of their classes (disciplines taught together with experienced professors), in research (including them in projects and tenders), in orientation (inviting them to co-orientate a student), etc. Joint work creates a new environment, brings different routines for professors other than the pre-established ones, and encourages young doctors in participating actively in the PhD programs.
  • COURSE EVALUATIONS: Since 2015 PPGERHA started to promote the evaluation of courses offered. Consequences were improved course organisations and more transperancy for students, as well as improved feedback to the professors.
  • ENGLISH COURSES: Since 2015 PPGERHA started to offer courses completely taught in english (Open Channel Flow, Water Resources Management, Friday Seminars), and promotes thesis works and defense in english.
  • FIELD CLASSES: Since 2015 PPGERHA offers classes related to field measurements. Namely, three courses on ADCP measurements, one of them in Ladario, MS, measuring velocity profiles, discharge, sediment transport and bathymetry, all subsequently processed in the hydroinformatics laboratory. In the course Environmental Sanitation field activities included monitoring campaigns at Vossoroca and Passauna reservoirs with subsequent analysis in the analytical lab.
  • DISTANCE LEARNING: PPPGERHA incentivates master and Ph.D. students to participate international distance learning courses. Special emphasis is given to webinars, namely those offered by Deltares (oss.deltares.nl) on modeling or courses for Phyton, Matlab (www.mathworks.com), or commercial software, such as MixZon (http://www.mixzon.com/new/Release90.pdf). PPGERHA, since 2014 also participates annually the HydroWeb courses (http://euroaquae.tu-cottbus.de/hydroweb and http://www.iahr.org/site/cms/contentviewarticle.asp?article=811), which are collaborative online courses organized by the University of Cottbus in Germany, under patronage of the IAHR (International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, www.iahr.org). PPGERHA students of those courses joined groups from other Universities (in 2014: UFPR (Brasil), University of Iowa (US), IWHR Beijing University (China), BOKU (Austria) and Cottbus (Germany) to jointly work on hydrodynamic modeling of a fluvial system using Mike11 of DHI via a server system. The course was given in english and approved by the PPGERHA board.
Universidade Federal do Paraná
Postgraduate Program in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering
Caixa Postal 19011 - Jardim das Américas - 81531-990
Curitiba (PR), Brasil

Universidade Federal do Paraná
Postgraduate Program in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering
Caixa Postal 19011 - Jardim das Américas - 81531-990
Curitiba (PR), Brasil

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