IWC Australia Awards Scholars meet Australian water reform experts
The Murray Darling Basin Authority’s Katrina Maguire, Manager, Communications, Engagement and Research meets IWC student Tarika Khanna and other Australia Awards Scholarship recipients at the 2014 International Riversymposium.
The students came from nine countries including Tahiti, Nepal, Costa Rica, Fiji, Bangladesh, Honduras, India, Panama and Indonesia.
Five other IWC students and Alumni, including GWP Ken Thiess Memorial Scholarship recipient Vanh Mixap, attended or presented at the Symposium on the theme “Large River Basins”.
The Australia Awards Scholarship recipients also attended a DFAT-hosted meeting with the key institutions that led Australia’s water reform over the past two decades and which now have responsibility to sustain the reforms:
- The Murray Darling Basin Authority
- CSIRO Land and Water
- Bureau of Meteorology, and
- eWater, managers of Australia’s National Hydrological Modelling Platform, ‘Source’.
"Participating in the International Riversymposium was a great learning experience for me," said Shristi Shrestha, IWC Masters student from Nepal. "I was actually meeting those experts of water reforms I'd been studying.
"I realised that the Master of Integrated Water Management has already equipped me with great knowledge for stepping into the real water world. Furthermore, nothing could be more exciting than witnessing the Rhine river basin winning the River Prize as we had presented it as a successful example of water governance in one of our group assignments."
"It also provided me with excellent networking opportunities. I made new contacts with water experts from different countries, including my own. They provided me some new perspectives for my future career engagement which I hadn't considered earlier.
"Knowing them on a professional and personal level will definitely help me to exchange valuable knowledge, guidance and even exploring new opportunities. I found this platform very effective for young water professionals like me to learn more, be inspired, motivated and expand networks so that we can contribute in the management of the scarce resource of the world.
"And I got an opportunity to explore the beautiful city of Canberra and meet some fellow students from other universities as well."
Tarika Khanna from India said, "The opportunity to attend the Riversymposium came at an opportune time in the Masters program. It was a very enriching experience. The symposium helped me put a lot of things in perspective that were being taught by lecturers and it was good to see the practical side of things at a professional level.
"The Symposium had representatives from many countries which brought in their learnings and ideas to share with the audience. I also learnt new things that were going on in my own country India and interacting with professionals and expects was a value add to my knowledge. This also brings in new ideas to work on in the future.
"A special session for AusAID students was arranged by DFAT which gave an unique opportunity to interact with the water leaders informally. The leaders and experts shared their experiences with the students encouraging and motivating them to follow the path with dedication and persistence."