Monash Launch for IWC Masters
Around 30 staff at Monash University braved crossing a wet and windy Clayton campus to join IWC CEO Mark Pascoe and Monash University Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Edwina Cornish in launching the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management last week. A number of Monash academic staff, particularly Bruce Missingham and Kwame Mfwodo, are involved in the development and planning of the Masters. The launch was an opportunity to spread the world about the vision for the course and progress so far.
"The course is about building the skill sets of water professionals, from both here and abroad to rise to the great challenges that water related problems pose to all of us," said Professor Edwina Cornish.
Graduates will be granted qualifications from the four IWC universities with the Masters being conducted over three Semesters and hosted by The University of Queensland.
The inaugural cohort will commence in Semester 1 2008. To date Chinese, Vietnamese, French, Samoan as well as Australian students are enrolled in the program.
The course is comprised of a foundation semester in which the fundamentals of water science, sustainability, policy and governance are set out.
The second semester allows students to explore topics including water planning and governance, supply and wastewater treatment, catchment and ecosystem health.
The third and final semester has students, under academic supervision, undertaking an integrated water management project aimed at consolidating the knowledge they have obtained through coursework.
Graduates of the course will help meet the increasing demand for water professionals in Australia, a demand that recruitment specialists say is already very high.More information about the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management