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UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Educationwww.unesco-ihe.org

UNESCO is the largest body within the United Nations system dealing with the most comprehensive range of water activities.

UNESCOs water activities:UNESCO Water Family

International Hydrological Programme (IHP)UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education The World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP)UNESCO Water-related ChairsWater-related Centres under the auspices of UNESCO


UNESCO-IHE is the largest international graduate education institute in the field of water. The institute confers fully accredited MSc degrees and promotes PhDs.

Since 1957 the Institute has provided graduate education to more than 15,000 water professionals from over 162 countries, the vast majority from the developing world.

164 PhD fellows are currently enrolled in water-related research. The Institute carries out numerous research and capacity development projects throughout the world.


Access to water is a likely cause of future conflict throughout the world.

663 million people lack access to improved drinking water sources.

2.4 billion people worldwide are without access to hygienic sanitation facilities including 1 billion who defecate in the open.

800 thousand children die from diarrhea and related disease.

Over the past century, floods and droughts have accounted for94%of all fatalities due to extreme weather events.

Agriculture accounts for 70% of all water withdrawn by the agricultural, municipal and industrial (including energy) sectors.

Sustainable Development Goals will place great emphasis on protection and maintenance of sustainable water use, reduction of pollution and ecosystem services.

The World Economic Forum considers water crises as the first Global Risk for the future.

Source: The United Nations World Water Development Report 2015 / WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) Report 2015

Why there is a need for water professionals


1955Following devastating floods in East-Pakistan (now Bangladesh) where many people lost their lives, a request came for Dutch technical assistance.

1957 The first 'International Course in Hydraulic Engineering' was developed for 45 professionals from 21 countries. This marked the start of the Institute.

1986 First MSc degrees awarded.

1994First PhD degree awarded.

2003 Agreement was reached between UNESCO and the Government of the Netherlands for the establishment of the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education.

2014 150th PhD degree awarded.

2015Launch DUPC2 / New strategy 2015-2020

Evolution of the Institute


UNESCO-IHE envisions a world in which people manage their water and environmental resources in a sustainable manner, and in which all sectors of society, particularly the poor, can enjoy the benefits of basic services.


The mission of UNESCO-IHE is to contribute to the education and training of professionals, to expand the knowledge base through research and to build the capacity of sector organizations, knowledge centres and other institutions active in the fields of water, the environment and infrastructure in developing countries and countries in transition.Mission

UNESCO Water Family

The strategy 2015 to 2020 of UNESCO-IHE is Equipping people and organizations to solve water and development challenges worldwide, contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Objectives:1. maintaining and improving quality 2. achieving stronger societal impact3. enhancing institutional resilience

Strategy 2015 to 2020

Unique selling point:Cross-cutting expertise in entire spectrum of water disciplines, in long-term partnership with partners from southern and transition countries to have impact on the ground and strengthen local capacities.

Strategy 2015 to 2020Education and Training

Incorporate our education philosophy in all productsBroaden our educational offerings for lifelong learningSubstantially increase e- and blended learningStart moving towards a 12/24 months' MSc systemBetter position and make use of joint and double degrees

Research and Innovation

Structure research along themes and high profile issuesStronger focus on and better measure and communicate impact on the groundFacilitate innovation through the establishment of demo-sites and open labsFurther establish and institutionalise the Graduate SchoolFurther increase our presence in international research initiativesCapacity Development & Institutional Strengthening

Tailor and articulate capacity development advice and servicesRecord and learn from project experiences for ongoing quality enhancement

Finance Enhance cost efficiency, Invest core or base funding strategically; ensure compliance with changing rules, regulations and policies.

Organisation Develop a process based approach to help build a responsive and resilient organization; improve / simplify supporting processes.

Funding Implement targeted acquisition and marketing campaigns to diversify funding sources; increase success rate of EU and other international funding; better with less and more through matching.

Capacities Attract and retain talented staff for collaborative, cross-disciplinary working; introduce set of key performance indicators (KPIs) to monitor and evaluate progress; update AFAS and ICT systems.

Budget Most activities proposed are budget neutral or require re-allocation of existing budgets / time.

The core activities of UNESCO-IHE are:

Core activitiesEducationResearch & InnovationCapacity DevelopmentUNESCO-IHE offers a wide range of flexible, high quality, specialized educational programmes to respond to the needs of diverse clients from the water sector.With over 114 academic staff, 164 PhD fellows and 4 post-docs active in water-related, problem-focused and solution oriented research on development issues, UNESCO-IHE has a vibrant multicultural and multidisciplinary research atmosphere.UNESCO-IHE strives to strengthen the programmes of universities and research institutes as well as the knowledge and capacity base of ministries and other water sector organizations.


Online presence

* Twitter top ten Twitter influencers:http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2014/aug/29/water-and-development-top-ten-twitter-influencers

UNESCO-IHE offers a wide range of flexible, high quality, specialized educational programmes to respond to the needs of diverse clients from the water sector.

MSc programmesShort coursesOnline coursesEducation

Water ManagementThe scientific study of water resources with practical planning and management skills.

Urban Water & SanitationWater supply, sanitation and water engineering and management, particularly in urban areas.

Environmental ScienceConservation and prudent use of natural resources for the benefit of society.

Water Science & EngineeringHydrological and hydraulic processes and modelling tools for improved water management in coastal zones, river basins and agricultural areas.MSc programmes

UNESCO-IHE offers 4 accredited International Master of Science programmes, with a total of 16 specializations.

The programmes are designed for professionals who want to deepen their expertise, and wish to gain substantial insight into the global water agenda.

MSc programmes & specializations

The Delft-based MSc specializations start in October and take 18 months, of which the first year consists of taught modules followed by a six-month period of individual research.

18 monthsfirst year: taught modules six-months individual researchMSc programmes Delft-based specializations

Joint programmes are offered in collaboration with renowned partner institutes, have varying start and end dates, and part of the programme is given at a partner institute, often in another country/ continent.

Joint MSc programmes

MSc students per region of origin in 2015

MSc students per programme in 2015

Joint versus Delft-based MSc students overview 2009 - 2015

UNESCO-IHE conducts a wide range of short, intensive and highly specialized courses which are aimed at upgrading and refreshing the knowledge and skills of mid-career professional and senior experts.

Short courses

Research & Innovation With over 114 academic staff, 164 PhD fellows and up to 4 post-docs active in water-related, solution oriented research on development issues, UNESCO-IHE has a vibrant multicultural and multidisciplinary research atmosphere.


Vibrant multicultural and multidisciplinary research atmosphere114 academic staff164 PhD fellows 4 post-docs

Contribute to the knowledge base concerning water & development problem-focused solution oriented demand-driven

Addresses issues & challenges faced by developing countriesrequire new & innovative solutionsdirect link to developing world allows constant reality checkResearch


164 PhD fellows enrolled

PhD research often in the sandwich modelpreparation / final reporting in Delftresearch in home country, co-supervision of local institutesolutions for problems in own geographical region

PhD degrees awarded jointly with a university

PhD programme


Safe Drinking Water & SanitationWater-related Hazards & Climate ChangeWater & Ecosystems QualityWater Management & Governance Water, Food & Energy Security Information & Knowledge SystemsResearch themes

Chair groups & research themes

Capacity Develop