Networks & Partnerships

Our involvement in regional and local networks add value to many of the Institute’s activities and are essential in linking global knowledge to local sector agendas, and for improving North–South and South–South collaboration. Key partnerships & networks are listed below.

DGIS IHE Delft Programmatic Cooperation

DUPC is the programmatic cooperation between the Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IHE Delft, also called the DGIS IHE Delft Programmatic Cooperation (DUPC). By the end of 2014, DUPC funded 103 activities, involving over 85 partner institutes from almost 40 developing countries and countries in transition and around 30 institutes from developed countries, including at least 15 from The Netherlands. The cooperation between DGIS and IHE Delft is continuing as DUPC2 for the period 2015 to 2019.

The objective of DUPC2 is to achieve stronger tangible impacts on development challenges and obtain a more diversified funding by strengthening the capacity of IHE Delft strategic partners in developing and transition countries to provide problem-oriented research and education relevant to environmental and water development challenges at different scales, stronger involvement of and sharing of knowledge with non-academic partners, and better facilitation of the internal learning process of best approaches of addressing water and development challenges through partnership building.

Visit the Global Partnership: DGIS IHE Delft Programmatic Cooperation 2016-2020 (DUPC) website for more information.

The ADB IHE Delft Knowledge Partnership

In November 2011, a partnership agreement was signed between the Asian Development Bank and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. This partnership, which will initially run for 33 months, will manage a fund of 2.5 million USD, made available from the ADB-administered Netherlands Trust Fund under the Water Financing Partnership Facility.

The aim of this partnership agreement is to support water operations in ADB's Developing Member Countries (DMCs) by providing expert guidance during project preparation and implementation, and on developing and implementing Education, Training and Capacity Development, to support Knowledge Networking programs and to strengthen regional Knowledge Networking among (DMC) clients, partners and Knowledge hubs.

Visit the ADB IHE Delft knowledge partnership website for more information.

VIA Water

VIA Water aims to identify innovative solutions for water problems facing cities in seven African countries: Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda and South Sudan. It is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and just started operating after a thorough research process to identify the most pressing water needs in African cities.

Since the programme is hosted by IHE Delft, VIA Water has a wealth of knowledge right at their home base, and extended this through research into the specific focus countries. All of this culminated into a list of twelve specific pressing needs to which VIA Water will be directing their attention in the coming years. Read more on the VIA Water website.

Support to regional networks

The Institute maintains close working relationships with many regional and local networks that it has helped set up. These networks were born as platforms to transfer scientific and technical expertise, to strengthen the capacity of water professionals and institutions, and to share regional knowledge and solutions.

After years of collaboration, these regional networks have developed into professional communities that encourage joint research, knowledge sharing and the development of sustainable water solutions.

Examples of these networks include WaterNet (Southern Africa), the Nile Basin Capacity Building Network (NBCBN), the Collaborative Knowledge Network Indonesia (CKNet-INA), the Arab Integrated Water Resources Management Network (AWARENET, Arab region) and the Latin American Water Education and Training Network (LAWETNET, Latin America).

Cooperation with the Dutch water sector

The Institute has a long tradition of collaboration with water sector institutions in the Netherlands. It is a partner of Valorisation Programme Delta technology and water, which brings together the leading research institutions in the area, including Deltares, Delft University of Technology and TNO.

The Institute is a member of the Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment (SENSE), a joint venture of the environmental research institutes of nine Dutch universities. In addition, the Institute participates in several relevant Dutch and European research networks, including the Boussinesq Center for Hydrology, the Netherlands Centre for River Studies (NCR), and the Netherlands Centre for Coastal Research (NCK). The Institute works closely with national knowledge centres such as TNO and the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment.

Also the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (NMP), and the Association of Water Boards (UVW) are in IHE Delft's network.

The Institute works in collaboration with several (former in-house) partners:

  • The Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), to foster multi-stakeholder cooperation in support of development;
  • The International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC), to improve access to and the use of knowledge in the water and sanitation sector, and building the knowledge-sharing capacity of resource centres; and
  • Co-operative Programme on Water and Climate (CPWC)

All of these networks play a crucial role in development and implementation of national and international research agendas.

Partners in focus

  • 1 partner in Worldwide
    • Rotary International

      Rotary’s main objective is service  in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe. The 1.2 million Rotarians who make up more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world share a dedication to the ideal of Service Above Self.

      Rotary provides scholarships for 8-16 students in MSc programs at IHE Delft per year.

      Read more on Rotary International.


  • 2 partners in East Asia and Pacific
    • Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)

      The Asian Institute of Technology promotes technological change and sustainable development in the Asian-Pacific region through higher education, research and outreach. Established in Bangkok in 1959, AIT has become a leading regional postgraduate institution and is actively working with public and private sector partners throughout the region and with some of the top universities in the world.

      IHE Delft and AIT collaborate in developing joint educational programmes, establishing transfer of credit systems and facilitating mobility of students. The intension is to conduct joint research projects, share knowledge and encourage staff exchange. Making AIT a PoWER member is also an objective.

      Read more about AIT.

    • Hohai University

      Hohai University, founded in 1915, wins its worldwide reputation for research and study of water conservancy. Hohai University’s mission is to make a significant contribution towards a sustainable society of the twenty-first century by conducting groundbreaking scientific and technological research concerning water conservancy which is acknowledged as world-class academic achievement, by providing various stages of courses and by helping to convert knowledge into technological innovations and activities with both economic and social values.

      IHE Delft and Hohai University have arrangements for joint international master with specialisation in hydroinformatics, coastal engineering and port development and hydrology and water resources.

      Read more about Hohai University.

  • 1 partner in Latin America and the Caribbean
    • Universidad del Valle (UniValle)

      Universidad del Valle is one of Colombia’s three most important public universities and the most important in the south western region of the country. Located in the City of Cali, Universidad del Valle stands out for its academic excellence in the fields of Health, Humanities, Sciences, Arts, Economics and Social Studies, Business and Engineering, along with developments in the areas of scientific and applied technological research.

      IHE Delft and Universidad del Valle have a cooperation in further strengthening UniValle through staff development and assistance in maintaining the quality of water MSc programs at UniValle. Also work-out joint initiatives as follow-up to PoWER, SWITCH and the NPT Guatemala project, and develop joint education programs, notably in Hydro-informatics and WSS. Also be partners in capacity building projects in the Latin American and Caribbean Region.

      Read more about Universidad del Valle (UniValle)

  • 1 partner in Middle East and North Africa
    • Birzeit University (BZU)

      Birzeit University is a Palestinian Arab institution supervised and guided by an autonomous Board of Trustees. The university endeavors to excel in higher education, scientific research, and service to the community. Since its establishment, the university has remained committed to providing equal learning opportunities to qualified individuals and to prepare students to become good citizens active in their society and committed to its advancement and well-being.

      IHE Delft and BZU cooperate by exchange of faculty, joint research, information sharing, training of Palestinian Water Authority staff and joint capacity development in the Middle East.

      Read more about Birzeit University.

  • 3 partners in Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Egerton University

      Egerton University is the premier Agricultural public University in Kenya. It has broadened to other areas of research and teaching such as Natural resources, Applied sciences, Education, Computer science, Medical sciences, Education, Engineering and Business studies.

      IHE Delft and Egerton run a joint MSc programme in Limnology and Wetland Ecosystems. The partnership also includes upgrading research facilities at Egerton University, assisting Egerton University in MSc research and supervising of PhD fellows and cooperation in regional capacity development projects.

      Read more about Egerton University.

    • National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC)

      The Vision of NWSC is “To be One of the Leading Water Utilities in the World”. The Corporate Mission is “To provide efficient and cost effective Water and Sewerage Services applying innovative managerial solutions to the delight of their Customers”.

      IHE Delft and the NWSC aim at jointly implementing capacity building activities on the Sub-Saharan continent and to develop strategies for education and training of utilities in this region. Parties will explore possibilities to mobilize IHE Delft alumni and NWSC staff as change agents in sector reform programs.

      Read more about NWSC.

    • WaterNet Trust

      The vision of WaterNet is a future in which the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has the institutional and human capacity to educate and train its own water managers, capable to contribute to the equitable sharing and sustainable utilisation of water resources for poverty alleviation, economic development (livelihood security) and environmental security.

      The mission of WaterNet is to build the regional institutional and human capacity in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) through training, education, research and outreach by harnessing the complementary strengths of member institutions in the region and elsewhere.

      IHE Delft and WaterNet Trust cooperate in capacity building in integrated water resources management in Southern Africa. Objectives include 1) the strengthening of the capacity of the WaterNet Trust and its members by IHE (curriculum development, quality assurance, guest lecturing, short course delivery, upgrading facilities, etc), 2) joint education and research, including exchange of credits and lecture notes, joint publications, interactions of students in MSc and PhD programs. It is agreed that IHE will remain an active “supporting mem-ber” of WaterNet, and WaterNet will remain an active mem-ber of IHE’s Partnership for Water Education and Research.

      Read more about WaterNet Trust

  • 7 partners in Western Europe
    • Delft University of Technology

      TU Delft’s mission is to make a significant contribution towards a sustainable society for the twenty-first century by conducting groundbreaking scientific and technological research which is acknowledged as world-class, by training scientists and engineers with a genuine commitment to society and by helping to translate knowledge into technological innovations and activity with both economic and social value.

      IHE Delft and TU Delft have a cooperation on joint education, joint research, joint promotions, zero-nominations, guest-lecturing and student exchange.

      Read more about the TU Delft

    • Deltares

      Deltares is an independent, institute for applied research in the field of water, subsurface and infrastructure. Throughout the world, they work on smart solutions, innovations and applications for people, environment and society. Their main focus is on deltas, coastal regions and river basins.

      IHE Delft and Deltares cooperate in research, guest lecturing, shared part time staff, preferred partners in consortia and supervision and sponsoring of MSc and PhD research.

      Read more about Deltares.

    • Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment (I&M)

      The Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment is committed to improving quality of life, access and mobility in a clean, safe and sustainable environment. The Ministry strives to create an efficient network of roads, railways, waterways and airways, effective water management to protect against flooding, and improved air and water quality.

      IHE Delft and the Ministry of I&M work together on making I&M and IHE Delft expertise in water resources management available to the water sector at large. This is done via the regular degree programmes of IHE Delft, tailor-made courses, support to PoWER and capacity building programs in I&M priority countries.

      Read more on the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment.

    • University of Amsterdam (UvA)

      A modern university with a rich history, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) traces its roots back to 1632, when the Golden Age school Athenaeum Illustre was established to train students in trade and philosophy. Today teaching and research at the UvA are conducted at seven faculties: the Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry, with programmes offered in almost every field. Over time, the UvA has risen to international prominence as a research university, gaining an excellent reputation in both fundamental and socially relevant research. The UvA's thriving doctoral programmes provide an excellent foundation for engaging in high-quality teaching and research.

      IHE Delft and the University of Amsterdam cooperate on PhD promotions arrangements, joint research and education activities and exchange of staff.

      Read more about the University of Amsterdam (UvA)

    • University of Peace

      The University for Peace (UPEACE) was created in 1980 as a Treaty Organization within the framework of the United Nations to support the central peace and security objectives of the UN. Its mission is to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace.
      The University was established under its own Charter approved by the UN General Assembly, which authorized UPEACE to grant degrees at the MA and Doctoral levels. UPEACE has strong links with various parts of the UN system, including the UN Secretary-General's office. UPEACE has its main body in Costa Rica where it has a campus and facilities near the capital San Jose. It has centres and offices in a dozen places in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the USA and Europe and is increasingly becoming a network organization. It has numerous partnerships with other universities worldwide and with institutions for peace in many countries. The new centre in The Hague will be an important element of the network as it aims to become the representation of UPEACE in the European Union.

      IHE Delft and the University for Peace establish a joint initiative on water and peace by developing a research agenda, exchange of lecturers and other activities like curriculum development, publication of articles...etc

      Read more about the University for Peace

    • Vitens Evides International

      Vitens Evides International offers local water companies technical, operational and management support, both in the short term and longer term. The aim is to help water companies to become financially more healthy and to operate more efficiently with a minimum of water loss and non-revenues. In this way, they will be able to contribute to the improvement of drinking water supplies and sanitation in developing countries.

      IHE Delft and Vitens Evides International cooperate in establish a dedicated associate professorship in water services management, create business opportunities through the acquisition and joint implementation of at least five large ex-ternally funded projects and conduct research and share and disseminate its findings.

      Read more about Vitens Evides International

    • Wageningen University - WUR

      Wageningen UR is a collaboration between Wageningen University and the DLO foundation. Wageningen UR focuses on the domain ‘healthy food and living conditions’. They do fundamental research all over the world and train professionals who, in the near and distant future, will discover breakthroughs in science and technology. Their mission is ‘To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life’.

      IHE Delft and Wageningen University reconfirmed the excellent cooperation between the two partners by renewing their Memo of Understanding (MOU) with regard to the joint supervision and support of PhD fellows. This new agreement has duration of four years, from 1 January 2014 through 31 December 2017.

      Read more about Wageningen University