UNESCO IHE Institute for Water Education

Delft, Netherlands
UNESCO-IHE is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world and is based in Delft, the Netherlands. The Institute confers fully accredited MSc degrees, and PhD degrees in collaboration with partner universities.
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Why should I study here at UNESCO IHE Institute for Water Education?

  • UNESCO-IHE envisions a world in which people manage their water and environmental resources in a sustainable manner, and in which all sectors of society, particularly the poor, can enjoy the benefits of basic services.
  • The mission of UNESCO-IHE is to contribute to the education and training of professionals, to expand the knowledge base through research and to build the capacity of sector organizations, knowledge centers and other institutions active in the fields of water, the environment and infrastructure in developing countries and countries in transition.
  • Water will be one of the most important issues of the 21st century. How should water be managed 40 years from now in a world inhabited by more than 9 billion people? This and many other questions demand direct action. Water is critical to the worlds prosperity and environmental sustainability. Safe drinking water and appropriate sanitation are vital factors in human health and quality of life. More than half the population already lives in cities, and this number will only increase. UNESCO-IHEs strategic plan recognizes that addressing global challenges such as poverty, climate change and public health requires a strong foundation of knowledge to improve water management practices.
  • UNESCO-IHE is a category 1 institute and implements the gender policy of UNESCO. The gender dimension of science and technology has become one of the most important and debated issues worldwide. Over the past 30 years, the United Nations General Assembly and UN Economic and Social Commission (ECOSOC) have emphasized issues related to inequalities, insufficiencies and disparities in the access of women to education, training and the labour market.
  • Various major international initiatives on the subject have been undertaken, including the United Nations Decades on Women and Development (19751995), and special attention has been directed towards the role of women in science and technology. Gender equality is one of the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which clearly call for action related to science, technology and gender.
  • In this context, and given its mandate in Science, UNESCO is expected to play a major role in addressing the above-mentioned issues, implementing related recommendations and advocating and affirming the crucial role of women and the gender dimension in science and technology through its programmes and activities.

About UNESCO IHE Institute for Water Education

Building on a knowledge network that catalyzes solutions for water challenges will be an essential task for the water sector. UNESCO-IHE recognizes that meeting these global challenges requires a strong foundation of knowledge to improve water management practices.

Vision

UNESCO-IHE envisions a world in which people manage their water and environmental resources in a sustainable manner, and in which all sectors of society, particularly the poor, can enjoy the benefits of basic services.

Mission

The mission of UNESCO-IHE is to contribute to the education and training of professionals, to expand the knowledge base through research and to build the capacity of sector organizations, knowledge centers and other institutions active in the fields of water, the environment and infrastructure in developing countries and countries in transition.

Goals

The Insitute has three main goals:

  • Develop innovation, provide new knowledge, and promote the uptake of technologies and policies that will address the issues of the global water agenda, in particular those related to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • Seek, evaluate and facilitate responses for the sustainable management of water, to meet the needs of all sectors of society, particularly the poor;
  • Strengthen and promote principles of good governance that drive institutional and management change to support the sustainable management of water.
Strategy

Water will be one of the most important issues of the 21st century. How should water be managed 40 years from now in a world inhabited by more than 9 billion people? This and many other questions demand direct action. Water is critical to the worlds prosperity and environmental sustainability. Safe drinking water and appropriate sanitation are vital factors in human health and quality of life. More than half the population already lives in cities, and this number will only increase. UNESCO-IHEs strategic plan recognizes that addressing global challenges such as poverty, climate change and public health requires a strong foundation of knowledge to improve water management practices.

Research

The research quality at UNESCO-IHE has been assessed in 2014 by the Evaluation Committee of the SENSE Research School for the period 2007 to 2013. The Evaluation Committee considered the research accomplishments of UNESCO-IHE, especially as they relate to developing countries, as highly effective.

Accreditations of UNESCO IHE Institute for Water Education

All MSc Programmes are accredited by NVAO

Services

UNESCO-IHEs campus is located in the centre of Delft. The premises, comprising three interconnected buildings, cover an area of 14,000 square metres, extending from the main entrance of the new building on Westvest 7, to the historic buildings of Oude Delft 95 and 93 along one of Delfts main canals.

The Institute offers a wide range of facilities:

  • four modern teaching and research laboratories: aquatic ecology, microbiology process and analytical laboratories;
  • a library with online connections to a worldwide network of libraries, and a reading room containing many international journals and magazines;
  • multifunctional lecture theatres and a fully equipped auditorium that seats 300;
  • extensive ICT facilities, including a studio with videoconferencing facilities;
  • a restaurant offering a wide variety of meals and snacks;
  • an in-house prayer room;
  • residential accommodation equipped with computers, internet connections and other facilities.

Student life at UNESCO IHE Institute for Water Education

UNESCO-IHE is at the centre of a vast international network of water-related institutions, and functions as an interface between knowledge networks and centres, public and private sector organizations, scientific and professional associations, and other members of the international water community.

Through these partnerships, the Institute is able to broaden its knowledge base and to increase its effectiveness in responding to the demand for its services. All participants can benefit from the many professional contacts the Institute has built up since it was established half a century ago.

While studying at UNESCO-IHE, participants can expect to meet leading figures from the international water arena. The professors and lecturers place each study in the context of global dialogues and targets such as the Millennium Development Goals.

The Institutes approach applies an international perspective to solve domestic problems: think globally, act locally.

Participants will meet fellow students from around the globe. Their cultures and professional experiences will offer a taste of the Institutes network on a more personal level.

Throughout the year the Institute hosts a number of activities that aim to make life as pleasant as possible, and arranges frequent excursions to locations in the Netherlands and Europe, as well as the field trips that form part of each study curriculum.

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