Sustainable Urban Water Management

The Sustainable Urban Water Management (SUWM) specialization aims at fostering academic excellence relevant to the Sponge City program (initiation-preparation-implementation-evaluation). It draws upon modern insights on the urban water cycle and sustainable urbanization (such as IWA principles for Water Wise Cities, Water Sensitive Cities and Water Sensitive Urban Design, Sustainable Drainage Systems, etc.) from around the world. 

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    What is Delft based

    This programme will run entirely at UNESCO-IHE in Delft, the Netherlands

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Delft based, Delft (the Netherlands)starts in October

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For whom?

This specialisation has been developed for students originating from China only. Students with Chinese nationality with a BSc, preferably in civil or environmental engineering, but otherwise in geosciences, environmental sciences or natural resources can apply. 


Students who successfully completed this programme will be awarded with an MSc degree in Water Science and Engineering.


Start: 15 October 2020
Application deadline: 01 August 2020

Learning objectives

  • Describe Integrated urban water management frameworks, urban water cycle components, their interrelations.
  • Apply systems thinking and analysis to cities, with emphasis on water.
  • Identify the links between urban water cycle and urban planning and design processes.
  • Work with a range of tools and methodologies to effectively co-discover, co-learn and co-design with both professionals and broader stakeholders including non-specialists.
  • Develop fit-for-purpose solutions for urban problems, based on the principles of integrated urban water management.

Application & Admission

Admission requirements

Academic admission to IHE Delft MSc Programmes may be granted to applicants who provide evidence of having:

  • A university level Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field, 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 IHE Delft's educational programmes.
  • A strong motivation to successfully complete the programme.

More information

Further questions about the application procedure can be addressed to:

Ms. Marlies Baburek, Fellowship and Admission Officer


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