Delft, the Netherlands, 30 Apr 2020

IHE Delft publishes Highlights 2019

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education Highlights 2019 has been published. It gives an overview of our work in educating water professionals, conducting high impact water research, and capacity development projects around the world.

IHE Delft embraced the challenge to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs in which water is key. The water and climate related risks have further increased and are considered by the younger generation to be even more severe than by the older generation (WEF report 2020). The same report and other reports highlight the importance of biodiversity loss and the undervaluing of our natural systems. Added to this the unsure impact of the outbreak of Covid 19 at the time of writing, the need and challenge to achieve the SDGs becomes even greater.

In 2019 we celebrated the first batch of 13 graduates of the Sanitation MSc programme developed in partnership with, among others, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Exceeding 100 granted scholarships for MSc programmes was a landmark in our partnership with Rotary which started in 2011. The excellent quality of our MSc programmes was again made clear from the re-accreditation of our four 18 Month MSc Programmes. 

Examples of research with a high degree of impact and visibility in 2019 are Citizen Science projects such as SCENT, Groundtruth and WeObserve, and the Water Peace Security programme.

It is clear that IHE Delft can only achieve its mission in strong collaboration with all its partners and alumni. By enabling our alumni to become “Water leaders”, we hope to contribute to a better world. Just one example of the influence of our alumni, of whom we are very proud, is our colleague and alumnus Dr. Yasir Mohamed who was appointed minister of Water Resources in Sudan in 2019.

The Highlights booklet presents a snapshot of the above and some other of the many activities of IHE Delft in 2019. You can download the booklet on this page.

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