21 February 2016
The postgraduate studies and training unit at the Water and Environment Centre was established in 1999 to coordinate the development and implementation of teaching and training at the WEC. The unit within the centre is now running an Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) MSc and Diploma programme which includes the supervision of MSc thesis research and Diploma research. In addition, the unit coordinates communication between the WEC and the Higher Education and Science Research studies Rector of Sana’a University. In this document we focus on the IWRM programme, for further information on the training and courses given at WEC please read the WEC training and courses guide.
In 2004, the Water and Environment Centre postgraduate studies and training unit started the development of an MSc programme on IWRM in collaboration with Wageningen University and the Technical University in Delft, the Netherlands. The curriculum has been developed, improved, adjusted and evaluated by lecturers, advisors and IWRM students. The entire curriculum was assessed and reviewed in 2013 to incorporate several cross-cutting topics, such as climate change and gender. This document provides interested people in this program with the overall curriculum objectives, course objectives and expected competencies to be acquired by students upon successful graduation from the programme. Moreover, we have included a description of the Water and Environment Centre, which provides the boundary conditions for this excellent curriculum. Although we present the curriculum description as a finished product, an educational programme on a topic of water management is never finished. New activities, thoughts and insights are continuously incorporated in the programme. WEC will continue this process of innovation with the help of the Yemeni water sector, the international community, and above all, the graduates from the programme.
Through the IWRM MSc programme, WEC wants to contribute to practical solutions to water security issues. It wants to accelerate and broaden the flow of workable ideas and solid knowledge in water management in Yemen. As such, it wants to make the work of the University relevant to one of the major challenges in the country and beyond. WEC thus provides a linkage based on IWRM principles between academic knowledge and skills at Sana’a University and the agencies responsible for water development and management in Yemen.
Students entering the programme are highly motivated, have a BSc-degree from a range of technical and non-technical disciplines, many of whom have considerable work experience in the water sector. When graduated from the IWRM study curriculum, students should have developed competencies which are in line with those required and sought for in their professions.
The program prepares students to develop and contribute to practical solutions for more water security and environmental challenges in Yemen; a ‘new way of thinking’. Graduates find employment opportunities in research, consultancy and government agencies, and therefore need that solid interdisciplinary knowledge on water and environment. At the same time, the ‘MSc’ label requires an academic approach to problems, allowing students with skills and motivation to continue for PhD research.