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Types of training programs

In the complex world of climate change and population growth, water professionals can no longer focus on a single aspect of water management. Solving water-related problems requires technical and scientific expertise, and integration of environmental, social and political factors.
“All the activities were well designed and implemented by the host organisation.”



Training programs are individually designed to meet the exact needs of the group, and may involve any combination of the following activities:

  • presentations / lectures    

  • seminars / discussions    

  • workshop activities

  • field trips

  • interactive models

  • computer models

  • hands-on activities

  • industry placement

Example training programs the IWC has run:



The IWC offers seminars on a wide range of water-related topics delivered by well-respected academics or practitioners from the relevant field. Seminars can cover such topics as:

  • water resources   

  • integrated water resource management   

  • stormwater and wastewater collection and drainage systems
  • drinking water treatment
  • wastewater treatement
  • water and ecosystem healthy
  • water and public health
  • policy and management issues
  • water distribution network
  • monitoring and control, modelling and information technologies
  • sanitation
  • climate change
  • developing countries, appropriate technologies
  • disaster recovery / emergency response
  • governance and regulation
  • human dimension of water
  • reuse, recycling and recovery
  • rural and agricultural water
  • sustainability
  • urban water (integrated urban water management)


Examples of seminars the IWC has run:


Short Courses

Short courses offer the maximum flexibility, running from one to four weeks. Short courses provide enough time to introduce many related topics in the field of sustainable water management or in-depth learning in a specific field.

Examples of short courses the IWC has run in the water and sanitation fields:



Participants undertake a range of formal and informal education sessions from a variety of disciplines, and take part in a relevant industry or vocational placement in Australia.

For participants from non-English speaking backgrounds, this is a very effective way to improve English language and communication skills.

Students have found fellowships to be very rewarding and they often go on to become organisational champions and future industry leaders.

Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships

The IWC runs fellowships through the AusAID-funded Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Fellowships. ALA fellowships aim to develop leadership and build partnerships and linkages with the Asia-Pacific and are for short term study, research and professional attachment programs in Australia.

Fellows are leaders or mid-career professionals from the Asia-Pacific region who have the potential to assume leadership roles that can influence social and economic policy reform and development outcomes, both in their own countries and in the region.

Other fellowships

The IWC is also exploring other opportunities for providing fellowships for students to work and/or study with our member universities.



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