Dan Green (Australia)
Liveability Planner, Integrated Planning
Master of Integrated Water Management (part-time/ distance)
Graduated in 2015
Why did you choose this program?
The holistic approach to water management, balancing a diversity of disciplines from social, economic and environmental sciences, sparked my curiosity in IWC’s Masters program. As well as having subjects that I was interested in pursuing, the program was set apart by having international focus and recognition. This was demonstrated by numerous international students from a range of countries participating in the program.
What were the best parts of the program and why?
The program tackles real issues faced when managing water resources in Australia and across the world, adopting a practical approach that is transferable for everyday projects in the water industry. The educators, who delivered the course, presented progressive thinking and tested case studies in an interactive and enthusiastic manner.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of the program were the regular field trips during the semester intensives. We visited various interesting and beautiful places such as the stunning North Stradbroke Island, where we were immersed in the challenges faced by local water managers, planners and communities. Additionally, interactions with the student cohort provided a hugely beneficial networking experience and an opportunity to develop close friendships.
Did you enjoy studying the program part-time/distance and how did you manage to juggle study/work and other responsibilities during your studies?
I undertook the MIWM program while simultaneously working full-time in the Victorian water industry. At times, this was a difficult task. However, doing so helped develop my time and project management skills. The intensive week at the commencement of each semester enables the bulk of the program’s workload to be completed early. After the intensive, weekly online tutorials were sufficient to complete the program.
Reversely, I could use projects from my job as case studies for MIWM projects. My final year project is such an example. It was based on an asset my employer has flooding and biodiversity responsibilities for, but where the organisation lacks awareness of the social significance of the site. My project also benefited from my professional networks allowing me access to managers and stakeholders for conducting interviews.
I hope the project will provide useful outcomes which will be adopted by the water industry.
How do you plan to use what you’ve learned in either your current job or future career?
I have used learnings from the program since the initial intensive week. In particular, I have found the frameworks around community consultation, project management and urban futures very beneficial, as they were not areas I had considered before commencing the program. I’m now interested in learning more about these areas as I have witnessed first hand their effectiveness.
I believe the program has already assisted me in progressing my career as it has equipped me with new tools and ideas for my current role. I feel more confident in my capabilities. I think the degree will assist me when I try new pathways in the industry. I have made numerous contacts who I often bounce ideas off, and I hope to continue sharing knowledge with the fellow cohort for many years to come.
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