UNESCO-IHE Annual Report 2015

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  • Annual ReportUNESCO-IHE2015

  • 1UNESCO-IHE Annual Report 2015

    Annual ReportUNESCOIHE2015

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    Rectorates statement 3

    UNESCOIHE at a glance 5 Institutionalprofile 5 Educationandtraining 5 Researchandinnovation 5 Capacitydevelopment 6 Strategicdirections 6 Organizationalstructure 8 Partnerships&Networks 8 Focalthemes&linkages 12

    Education 13 Research 17 Home base 19 Humanresources 19 Services 21 Campus 23

    Financial report 25

    Fellowship Trust Fund 30

    Annexes 31 1 Educationalstatistics 322 Shortcourses 333 PhDfellows 364 Researchlines 415 Publications 436 OrganizationalchartofUNESCO-IHE 537 Committees 548 ExternalMemberships 559 Projects 6110 Partners 7911 UNESCO-IHE&NetherlandsAlumniAssociations 81

    Contents

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    2015wasarichyearforthescienceandwatercommunityandthereforefortheInstitute.Wecelebrated70yearsofUNESCOand50yearsoftheUNESCOHydrologicalProgramme.Wecongratulated215graduatingstudents,with45%comingfromourjointdegreeanddoubledegreeprogrammes.Almost40%oftheMScstudentsandandPhDfellowsactiveattheInstitutewerefemale.26PhDfellowssuccessfullydefendedtheirtheses,withanadditional130PhDfellowsactiveatUNESCO-IHEthroughouttheyear.InOctoberwewelcomed234newstudentsfrom67differentcountries,providingthemwithanimportantspringboardforbetterwatermanagementwhentheyreturnhome.

    Thediversityofourstudentsandstaffandourworkthroughouttheworldisunique.InDecemberwewerethereforepleasedtosignDUPC2,thenewprogrammaticcooperationbetweentheInstituteandtheDirectorate-GeneralforInternationalCooperation(DGIS)oftheDutchMinistryofForeignAffairs(followingonfromDUPC1).AkeyprincipleofDUPCisworkinginpartnership,whichenablesustohaveimpactonthegroundthroughalargenumberofdiverseprojectsand,atthesametime,strengthenthecapacitiesofourpartners.DUPCprogrammeactivitiesrelatetoeducationandtraining,researchandinnovation,knowledgesharingandnetworking,andwillhelpusrespondtoglobalchallenges,includingtherefugeecrisis.

    Thistiesintoanotherlargeinitiativecompletedin2015theupdatingoftheUNESCO-IHEStrategy(2015-2020).TheapprovaloftheGoverningBoarddemonstratesitscommitmenttoourroleinequippingpeopleandorganizationstosolvewateranddevelopmentchallengesworldwide.ThisisthemainobjectiveoftheInstituteandweachievethisthroughourthreestrategicdrivers:Education,ResearchandInnovation,andCapacityDevelopment.Wecontinueoursuccessfulworkandfurthermorehaveanumberofnewinitiatives,includingexpandingoure-learningofferingsandintroducingnewMScprogrammes.

    Theadoptionofthe2030AgendaforSustainableDevelopmentwasimportantforUNESCO-IHE,asmostofthe17SustainableDevelopmentGoals(SDGs)applytoouractivities,andGoalnumber6isfocusedonaccesstocleanwaterandsanitation.

    2015wasayearofstrengtheningourties:withtheMinistryofEducation,theMinistryofInfrastructureandEnvironmentandtheMinistryofForeignAffairs,with

    whichwelaunchedtheprojectStrengtheningSmallIslandDevelopingStatescapacityinthewatersectortocopewiththeeffectsofclimatechange,andwiththeSciencesectorofUNESCO,includingUNESCO-IHP.WealsocontinuedourcloserelationswiththeDutchWatersectorandourpartnersaroundtheglobe.

    TheworkoftheInstituterecognisestheimportanceofwaterforhumanrightsanddignity,forsustainabledevelopment,forlastingpeace.

    Withbestregards,

    TheRectorate,adinterimDr.FritzHolzwarthDr.JohanA.vanDijk

    Rectorates statement

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    Institutional profile

    VisionUNESCO-IHEenvisionsaworldinwhichpeoplemanagetheirwaterandenvironmentalresourcesinasustainablemanner,andinwhichallsectorsofsociety,particularlythepoor,canenjoythebenefitsofbasicservices.

    MissionThemissionofUNESCO-IHEistocontributetotheeducationandtrainingofprofessionals,tocontributetotheknowledgebasethroughresearch,andtobuildthecapacityofsectororganizations,knowledgecentresandotherinstitutionsactiveinthefieldsofwater,theenvironmentandinfrastructureindevelopingcountriesandcountriesintransition.

    MandateTheinstitutehastheUNESCOmandatetoplayaglobalroleintraininganewgenerationofwaterprofessionals,facilitatingthedevelopmentofcapableorganizationsandprovidinganenablingenvironmentforwell-informeddecision-makingthatwillachieveintegratedimprovementinwatermanagementpractices.Relatedacademicactivitiesaremostlydoneincollaborationwithpartnersworldwide,withaspecificfocusondevelopingandtransitioncountries.

    GoalsInsupportofitsmission,theInstitutehasthreemaingoals:- Generatenewknowledge,facilitateinnovations,and

    promotetheuptakeoftechnologiesandpoliciesthatwilladdresstheissuesoftheglobalwateragenda,inparticularthoserelatedtotheMillenniumDevelopmentGoals(MDGs)andtheAgenda2030SustainableDevelopmentGoals(SDGs);

    - Seek,evaluateandfacilitateresponsesincludingthedevelopmentofhumancapitalforthesustainablemanagementofwater,tomeettheneedsofallsectorsofsociety,particularlythepoor;and

    - Strengthenandpromoteprinciplesofgoodgovernancethatdriveinstitutionalandmanagementchangetosupportthesustainablemanagementofwater.

    Core activitiesUNESCO-IHEcarriesouteducationandtraining,researchandinnovation,andcapacitydevelopmentactivitiesinthebroadfieldsofwaterengineering,watermanagementandgovernance,aquaticenvironment,watersupplyandsanitation.

    Education and training

    UNESCO-IHEoffersbothdegreeprogrammes(MScandPhDlevels)andnon-degreeprogrammes(shortcourses,onlinecoursesandtailor-madetraining)forengineers,scientistsandprofessionalsfromvariousdisciplinesworkinginthewater,environmentandinfrastructuresectors.UNESCO-IHEimplementsitseducationalactivitieswithpartnerinstitutesworldwide,makingwatereducationmoreaccessibleandaffordableforanincreasingnumberofstudents.

    Research and innovation

    TheInstitutesresearchactivitiesconcentrateonsixmainresearchthemesandcontributetotheknowledgebaseconcerningthewaterenvironment,therebycomplementingitseducationandcapacitydevelopmentactivities.SignificantpartsoftheresearchprogrammearedonethroughPhDresearch(inprogrammesimplementedincooperationwithpartneruniversities),MScthesisresearchandpost-doctoralresearchprogrammes.

    UNESCOIHE at a glance

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    Capacity development

    UNESCO-IHEengagesininstitutionalstrengtheningprojectsandprovidesadvisoryservicestoknowledgeinstitutes,watersectororganizations,knowledgenetworksandUNESCOmemberstates.Throughtheseoperations,theInstituteincreasesitsglobalimpactandhelpstobuildsustainableorganizationsthatareequippedtoproperlymanagewaterresourcesanddeliverwaterservicessustainably.TheInstitutealsohasapolicyforumfunctionandactsasanintermediarybetweenscienceandpolicymaking.

    Strategic Directions

    AimWateriscriticaltotheworldsprosperityandenvironmentalsustainabilityandisexpectedtogrowinimportanceevenfurtheroverthecomingdecades.Meetingtheglobalchallengesrequiresastrongfoundationofknowledge,toenablewell-informeddecision-makingandimprovewatermanagementpractices.Thisplaceswaterissuesveryhighontheinternationalpoliticalagenda,andwateriscriticalforthedevelopmentforthepost-2015developmentagendaandAgenda2013SustainableDevelopmentGoals(SDG)ascurrentlyformulated.

    Thechallengesforwatereducationandcapacitydevelopmentareenormous.Globalenvironmentalchangeswillexposeourfuturegraduatestowaterproblemsofunprecedentedcomplexityandmagnitude,asthe(globalandregional)changesintroducenewdriversandpressuresonthesystemsthathavenotbeenexperiencedbefore.Inrelationtothis,employersofwaterprofessionalsexpecttheirstafftocontinuelearningthroughouttheirprofessionallivestokeepabreastofthelatestknowledgeandskillsinthewatersector.Notonlyforemployers,butinparticularfortheindividualsthemselvesanduniversities,continuousprofessionaldevelopment(CPDorlifelonglearning)isessential.

    Thewaterandenvironmentsectorfacesparticularcapacitychallenges.Theprojectedpersonnelandrelevantskillsshortagesindevelopingcountriesandcountriesintransitionareextremelycriticalforsustainabledevelopment.Thismustbeaddressedsystematicallybyclosingthegap:trainingyoung,ambitiousandtalentedwaterprofessionalsandprovidingalifelonglearning

    contextthateffectivelytransfersexistingknowledge,generatesnewknowledge,andequipsprofessionalswiththeskillsandcompetenciestheyneedtobeeffective.

    Therefore,thestrategicaimoftheInstituteistoincreaseitsimpactandoutreachoverthenextdecade,throughtheInstitutesgrowingstatureasaworld-classcentreofwatereducation,research,andcapacitydevelopmentintheframeofUNESCOScience.

    UNESCOIHE Strategy 20152020InNovember2015thenewstrategywasapprovedbytheGoverningBoard.Ithadbeenpreparedbyastrategygroupwithsubstantialinputfromtaskgroupsrepresentingtheeducation,researchandinnovationandcapacitydevelopmentactivitiesoftheInstitute.Also,thefindingsfromastakeholdereventorganiedbytheInstituteinApril2015wereincludedandtheRectoratewasgratefulfortheinputofthosepartnerswhoparticipated.

    UNESCOIHE at a glance

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    Uniqueselling point:Cross-cutting expertise in entire spectrum of water disciplines,working with long-term partners from southern and transition countries for local impact, Netherlands based with strong links to Dutch and international water sector

    Equipping people and organizations to solve water and development challenges worldwide, contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

    Education and Training

    Incorporate our education philosophy in all products

    Broaden our educational offerings for lifelong learning

    Substantially increase e- and blended learning

    Start moving towards a 12/24 months' MSc system

    Better position and make use of joint and double degrees

    Research and Innovation

    Structure research along themes and high profile issues

    Stronger focus on and better measure and communicate impact on the ground

    Facilitate innovation through the establishment of demo-sites a