IC12 - Rotary's Strategic Partnerships Breakout: UNESCO-IHE


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Presentation given by Michael McClain (UNESCO-IHE) on Monday 7 May at the 2012 Rotary International Convention in Bangkok. Session: New Opportunities - An Introduction to Rotary's Strategic Partnerships.

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IC12 - Rotary's Strategic Partnerships Breakout: UNESCO-IHE

  1. 1. EDUCATING THE WORLD’S FUTURE WATER LEADERSRotary Convention Michael McClain6-9 May 2012 Professor of EcohydrologyBangkok, Thailand m.mcclain@unesco-ihe.org
  2. 2. PRESENTATIONOUTLINE • UNESCO & Water • About UNESCO-IHE • Core Activities • Partnership with Rotary
  3. 3. UNESCO & WATERUNESCO is the largest body within the United Nationssystem dealing with the most comprehensive range ofwater activities.UNESCO’s water activities: 1. International Hydrological Programme (research) 2. Secretariat of the World Water Assessment Programme (data) 4. UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education (capacity development)
  5. 5. ABOUT USUNESCO-IHE is the largest internationalpostgraduate water education facility inthe world.The Institute confers fully accredited MScdegrees and PhDs.The Institute carries out numerousresearch and capacity developmentprojects throughout the world.Since 1957 the Institute has providedpostgraduate education to more than14,500 water professionals fromover 160 countries, the vast majorityfrom the developing world.
  6. 6. EDUCATION UNESCO-IHE offers a wide range of accredited educational programmes. These are designed for engineers, social and natural scientists and managers. Approximately 98% of our graduates return to their home countries upon graduation.
  7. 7. MASTERSPROGRAMME UNESCO-IHE offers 4 accredited International Master of Science programmes, with a total of 22 specializations. The 18-month long MSc programmes are designed for professionals who want to deepen their expertise, and in the meantime wish to gain substantial insight into the global water agenda.
  8. 8. PhD Currently over 130 PhD fellowsPROGRAMME from around the world are enrolled at the Institute in water-related research. PhD fellows do scientific research, often with conclusions that directly influence their region. They participate in problem-focused and solution-oriented research on development issues. This results in an inspiring research environment.
  9. 9. RESEARCH Research is a vital component of UNESCO-IHE’s mission. Research is conducted under 5 major themes: •Water Security •Environmental Integrity •Urbanization •Water Management and Governance •Information and Communication Systems
  10. 10. CAPACITYDEVELOPMENT UNESCO-IHE provides capacity development services to knowledge institutes and water sector organizations. Through these activities, the Institute increases its global impact and helps to build sustainable organizations. These organizations will be equipped to properly manage water resources and deliver water and sanitation services to all communities. Services include institutional development projects, tailor-made training and policy advice.
  11. 11. STRENGTHENINGKNOWLEDGE INSTITUTES SOME EXAMPLES o Curriculum development & improvement o Modernization of knowledge o Staff development Improvement of laboratory facilities for training and R&D o Improvement of access to information (Libraries, Networks)
  12. 12. PARTNERSHIPRotary and UNESCO-IHE have teamed up to tackle the world’s waterand sanitation crisis byincreasing the number of trained professionals neededto develop, plan, and implement solutions in countries that bear thebrunt of the problem.A strategic partnership between TRF and UNESCO-IHE will directlysupport the goals of the Water and Sanitation Area ofFocus.
  13. 13. PACKAGED GLOBAL GRANTS Through the partnership, the Foundation will offer packaged global grants that Rotary clubs may use to select and sponsor scholarships for professionals in the water sector. Up to eight students a year may be chosen for any of the three selected Masters of Science programmes at the Institute in Delft, the Netherlands. •MSc in Municipal Water and Infrastructure •MSc in Water Management •MSc in Water Science and Engineering
  14. 14. APPLICATIONPROCESS1. Students provisionally admitted to one of the three eligible UNESCO- IHE academic programs3. Students seek the sponsorship of their local Rotary club or district.5. Completed applications received by TRF from sponsor Rotarians no later than 15 July of the year in which studies begin.7. Scholarship awards will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.
  15. 15. PARTNERSHIPSAND NETWORKS MoU & Joint MSc Programme PartnersBilateral partnership agreements with over 50 public and private organizations. Theywork in support of shared interests in education, research and capacity development.
  16. 16. ALUMNI NETWORK Since 1957 the Institute has provided postgraduate education to around 14,500 water professionals from over 160 countries, the vast majority from the developing world.
  17. 17. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education www.unesco-ihe.org