Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from IWC!
In February this year, 47 water professionals from 23 nations came together in Brisbane to begin the challenging and exciting journey of IWC’s Master of Integrated Water Management, while 45 Masters students from 23 countries graduated this year and joined IWC’s Alumni group.
IWC's excellence in providing world-class education and training shone through in our diverse portfolio of programs equipping many national and international water professionals with vital skills, knowledge, tools and techniques to tackle integrated water management challenges.
Our organisation showed its true sense of collaboration through hosting water professionals from the Asian Development Bank as well as groups from Vietnam and Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal and Peru, showcasing a number of innovative urban water initiatives in South East Queensland as well as approaches to integrated water management across Queensland and the Murray Darling Basin.
We were also present on the international stage, co-convening a ‘Water for Cities Seminar' at the World Water Week in Stockholm. Closer to home, our water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects in the Pacific made headway through facilitating a series of workshops and improving access to water and sanitation facilities in the Solomon Islands, PNG, Fiji and Vanuatu.
The year finished with two highlights: First, IWC celebrated its 10th anniversary with a special event with more than 70 guests and water industry key players – view our anniversary video below.
Second, IWC was proudly hosting Professor Jamie Bartram, world-renowned expert in the water-health nexus, for a public seminar in Brisbane.
I am pleased to see that our organisation continues to grow with Edith Kamundi, Charlotte Beresford, Sinead Lehane, Kylie Milligan, Vera Magazzeni and Silvia Scheibenbogen joining our team this year. The combined expertise of IWC does not go unnoticed with a Masters module winning the 2015 Stormwater Queensland Award for Excellence in Policy and Education, and Dr Dani Barrington, Research Fellow of IWC, taking home the Queensland Young Tall Poppy Award 2015.
At IWC we are looking forward to 2016 with anticipation and excitement – with more water professionals beginning our Masters program, water professionals being transformed into water leaders through our Water Leadership Program, WASH practitioners building their capacity through our online training courses, and with delegates from around the world attending the WASH FUTURES conference, hosted by IWC from 16-20 May 2016 in Brisbane.
Finally, and most importantly, I profoundly thank our staff, partners, supporters, and all those who have collaborated with us throughout the year for their hard work, dedication, vision and ongoing support. IWC would not be what it is without the valuable input of all these individuals and organisations.
On behalf of IWC's team, I wish you all Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we look forward to working with you again in 2016!