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, Universidad Del Valle, Cali, Colombia, UNESCO-IHE, Delft, the Netherlands 18 months, starts in October

For whom?

Students from Latin American countries, academic and research staff in higher education institutions and professionals from businesses/industry, managers and policy makers dealing with or interested in the field of water and aquatic environment.


The Hydroinformatics programme is jointly offered by CINARA, Universidad del Valle (Univalle) and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE) in Delft, The Netherlands Students who successfully complete this programme will be awarded a Master degree in Water Science and Engineering.


Start: 01 October 2016
Application deadline: 01 July 2016

Learning objectives

After completing this specialization, you will:

  • Have a good understanding of hydraulic, hydrological and environmental processes related to urban, inland and coastal waters, advanced modelling techniques, software engineering, system integration, and information and communication technology for water management;
  • Be able to select and use simulation models to solve problems related to river basin and flood risk management, droughts, urban water, water resources and environment;
  • Be able to use the current software tools, and know their advantages and limitations;
  • Know how to design, develop and integrate decision-support systems and tools;
  • Be able to provide advice to managers and users of advanced tools;
  • Understand and practice collaborative work, making use of Internet-based platforms in social contexts.

Structure & contents

The Water Science and Engineering programme, specialisation Hydroinformatics offers students the possibility to study in Cali, Colombia, and in Delft, the Netherlands, at two renowned institutes for international postgraduate education: Univalle and UNESCO-IHE. The coursework part of the programme starts at Univalle in Cali, Colombia in September, where students follow a number of courses until the second half of December.

  • September - December

    Univalle, Cali, Colombia
    • Introduction to Water Science and Engineering Required

      Course at Univalle

    • Hydrology and Hydraulics Required

      Course at Univalle

    • Software Engineering and Information Technology Required

      Course at Univalle

In early January, they move to Delft where they join students in UNESCO-IHE’s Water Science and Engineering programme for nine modules, the international field trip and the group work. Students then normally either continue in Delft or move back to Cali for their individual thesis research work.

  • January - September

    UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands

Tuition & fellowships

Information about tuition fees can be found here.

The following fellowships are recommended for prospective students who wish to study Hydroinformatics - Modelling and Information Systems for Water Management

  • Joint Japan Worldbank Graduate Scholarship Programme (JJ/WBGSP)

    ATTENTION: The call for applications for a JJ/WBGSP (Preferred Partner) Scholarship will open on 22 February 2018. The deadline to submit your admission letter to the Worldbank is 12 April 2018, so make sure you have send your application for admission to IHE Delft before 21 March 2018.

    The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open to women and men from developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a master degree program in a development-related topic. View the complete list of JJ/WBGSP preferred Master Degrees currently offered here (IHE Delft programmes are listed under UNESCO-IHE).

    more info: www.worldbank.org

  • Orange Knowledge Programme

    The Orange Knowledge Programme merges the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) and NICHE into a single integrated approach. The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to advance the development of the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals and institutions in higher and vocational education. 

    more info: www.un-ihe.org/orange-knowledge-programme

Application & Admission

Admission requirements

Academic admission to the Master programmes may be granted to applicants who provide evidence of having:

  • a university level Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field for the specialization, which has been awarded by a university of recognised standing, comparable in level with a Bachelor degree from a research university in the Netherlands.
  • a good command of the English language, if this is not the first language. All non-native English-speaking applicants must satisfy the English language requirements for all UNESCO-IHE's educational programmes.

Working experience in an environment related to the specialization is an asset. At least three years experience is in general preferred.

Application procedure

Interested persons apply for admission with UNESCO-IHE. UNESCO-IHE will coordinate with Univalle on admissions, and selected participants will receive an admission letter from UNESCO-IHE. 

UNESCO-IHE will check the application first, and inform Univalle if the applicant can be accepted. Univalle will then consider the application for admission, and if both institutions agree on admittance, UNESCO-IHE's provisional admission letter will be sent to the applicant. If applicants do not yet possess the language requirements, they can apply for admission anyway. If they meet the other admission requirements, they will be sent a conditional admission letter, and an unconditional admission letter will be sent after receiving the required language test scores.

For admission to the programme please complete the online application form. The link is available at the top of this page. Collect the required documents and attach them to the online application form:

  • Certified copies of degrees/diplomas.
  • Certified copies of academic transcripts. Authenticated or certified copies are copies with an official stamp to verify that the copies are true copies of original documents. This official stamp may be from one of the following: a solicitor/notary, the educational institution from where the student gained the diplomas or the local council/local authority/local government office.
  • Two reference letters, preferably one from a person that can judge students' professional abilities and one from a person that can judge his/her academic abilities. One recommendation letter has to come from the current employer (if available) and another one from the university the student graduated from. Letters have to be printed on company (logo) paper and signed.
  • Motivation letter (maximum 500 words explanation why he/she applies for admission to the choosen programme).
  • Copy of passport.
  • Copy of results of English language test score (if required, see English language requirements).

Please note all documents are required to be in English, or officially translated into English.

Once academically accepted this admission remains valid for three consecutive years. In principle one can not apply for more than one programme per academic year. However, if a student applies for an Erasmus Mundus programme, he/she can also apply for another programme as long as it is not also an Erasmus Mundus programme. Academic admission to the programmes will be granted on the basis of a decision taken to that effect by the Academic Registrar, upon advice of the programme coordinator.

More information

Further questions about the application procedure can be addressed to:

Ms. Ineke Melis
Admission and Fellowship Officer
E: i.melis@unesco-ihe.org


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