Hydroinformatics - Modelling and Information Systems for Water Management

You will develop a good understanding of the fundamentals of hydraulic, hydrological and environmental processes, advanced modelling and control techniques, decision support and information and communication technology.

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    What is Joint Programme

    Part of the programme is given at a partner institute, often in another country/continent. Joint programmes have varying start and end dates.

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Joint Programme, Hohai University, Nanjing, China, UNESCO-IHE, Delft, the Netherlands 18 months, starts in October


Start: 01 October 2016
Application deadline: 01 August 2016

Structure & contents

The following subjects are mostly covered in the first three modules of the existing UNESCO-IHE WSE-HI programme. They are delivered by selected HU staff members, as well as invited lecturers from associated partners of IMHI. The syllabus, the lecturing approaches, as well as the lecturing material are same as the currently used at UNESCO-IHE during the regular WSE-HI programme. An intensive course in English language will be organised during Block 1.

  • October - January

    Hohai University, Nanjing, China
    • Introduction to Water Science and Engineering: Specialisation Hydroinformatics Required

      Course at HU

    • Hydrology and Hydraulics Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. Describe the main concepts of steady/unsteady and uniform/non-uniform flow.
      2. Understand and describe the principles and basic equations of water flow and to apply them to various practical situations.
      3. Carry out basic measurements in the wave and current flumes at the hydraulic laboratory.
      4. Understand, describe and apply the concepts of hydrology needed for their specialisation.
      5. Understand the concepts of Geographical Information Systems and apply them in practical examples relevant to their specialization.
      6. Understand the main techniques of remote sensing and know when their use is appropriate or inappropriate.
    • Modelling Theory and Information Management Required
      Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
      1. Develop a computer code for calculating free-surface flow in canals and provide interpretation of a series of test involving various initial and boundary conditions
      2. Know about the main notions and types of information and knowledge systems and implement information systems using database technology using MS-Access
      3. Understand and explain the foundations of mathematical modelling, its relationship to systems and control theory, main modelling paradigms, selecting modelling software
      4. Understand the process of model building: data analysis, model calibration and verification, models integration. Appreciate a number of examples of using models in solving water-related issues, use of models by decision makers and other stakeholders
      5. Understand and use main principles and methods of analysing and predicting models uncertainty; be able to develop computer code for analysing uncertainty of a hydrological model
      6. Specify, design and build a simple modelling system with graphical user interface using rapid application development environment (Delphi) for software implementation

In the second block the IMHI participants are joining the 4th module of the regular WSE-HI Masters of UNESCO-IHE. All courses are organized in nine modules of 3.5 weeks, usually delivered in blocks of 7 weeks (2 modules per block).

  • January - April

    UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands

Tuition & fellowships

If you wish to receive more information about the fees and living costs of a specific Joint Programme, please send an e-mail to the fellowship officer, Ms. Ineke Melis: i.melis@unesco-ihe.org

Application & Admission

Application procedure

There are two steps in the application procedure for IMHI: academic admission and final admission. Academic admission is granted to applicants who satisfy the academic admission criteria (see below). Final admission is granted upon proof of payment of the IMHI costs.

Please apply for this programme on top of this page. A certificate of academic admission will be sent by UNESCO-IHE to the candidate who satisfies the admission requirements.
After proof of payment UNESCO-IHE will send the certificate of final admission to the IMHI programme.

All applications should be sent to the International Office of Hohai University on the following address:

Hohai University

1 Xikang Road,
Nanjing 210098,
Jiangsu Province,

E-mail: jqian@hhu.edu.cn

Tel.: 0086 25 83786341
Fax: 0086 25 83708419
Internet: www.hhu.edu.cn

The contact information mentioned above should also be used if you have any questions about IMHI, particularly about the IMHI blocks that are delivered at HU in Nanjing.

The contact information at UNESCO-IHE is the following:

P.O. Box 3015,
2601 DA Delft,
The Netherlands

E-mail: info@unesco-ihe.org

Tel. +31 (0)15 2151715
Fax +31 (0)15 2122921
Internet: www.unesco-ihe.org

In case of requesting any additional information by e-mail, please mention the word IMHI in the field for the message subject.

Admission criteria

Candidates with Bachelor’s degrees in the following fields are considered eligible:

  • Civil engineering
  • Agricultural engineering
  • Systems engineering
  • Earth sciences
  • Physics
  • Computer science
  • Mathematics with specialisation in fluid dynamics

Candidates with another background can be considered if they have working experience of at least three years in fields related to hydroinformatics.

Proof of a good command of English language will be required, particularly if this is not the first language of the candidates, or if it is not the language of instruction during the Bachelor studies.


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