IWC congratulates 2015 Master of Integrated Water Management graduates
IWC CEO Mark Pascoe said that he was proud of this new group adding to the growing family of IWC's future water leaders. "I wish our 2015 graduates all the very best in their next stage of their careers. I trust that our Master program has equipped them well to face whatever challenges the water sector across the globe throws at them. With their new skills, experience and in-depth knowledge, they can now confidently tackle these challenges and become global advocates for integrated water management", he said.
IWC Alumni Network
The IWC Alumni Network welcomes the graduates into its dynamic community of now over 800 water professionals from 76 countries promoting integrated water management around the world.
Many of the international students in the program will be returning home, armed with expertise to help advance effective water resource management and development in their own countries.
IWC would particularly like to thank the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for funding students from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Congo, Costa Rica, Fiji, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Panama and Tahiti through the Australia Awards Scholarships. The knowledge these professionals have shared and gained will be invaluable in supporting a sustainable water future for the world.
The Masters graduates, who specialised in one of three streams – international development, urban water or water, land and people – will be taking on a wide variety of roles leading to diverse and interesting career paths.
Many of their final projects reflect the directions they want to explore, from measuring impacts of the CSG industry on surface water, to WASH issues in developing countries context, sustainable urban water supply and irrigation.
Tools to face water challenges
One of the 2015 graduates, Diana Madrigal (Executive Director and Founder of Lifting Hands Foundation in Costa Rica) said that IWC's Master program provides tools to face emerging water challenges. "With the collaboration of students and professionals from all over the world you learn to work together and seek holistic solutions taking into account scientific, political, social and economical aspects. You are also challenged to think outside of your own context and try and solve problems from countries which are very different to yours."
"The Master has provided me with strong leadership principles and developed my awareness to face future water challenges. It gave me tools to address emerging issues in a holistic way with collaboration of many stakeholders. I know that I will be able to apply the integrated water management principles in any future job and project throughout my career", she said.
Master of Integrated Water Management
The Master program creates water leaders by drawing on international teaching and research from many fields to provide a trans-disciplinary, whole-of-water-cycle approach to water management.
Past graduates have pursued work with NGOs, government or aid agencies, consultancies, water utilities, community development agencies, environmental regulators and agricultural, mining and industrial companies.
Scholarships for the 2016 intake of the Master of Integrated Water Management are currently open to international candidates (closing soon - 1 August) and domestic candidates (closing 1 October).