Cali, Colombia, 31 Mar 2014

Celebrating 20 years of cooperation with Cinara, Colombia

UNESCO-IHE recently celebrated 20 years of collaboration with Cinara in Colombia. Cinara is a Research and Development Institute in Water Supply, Environmental Sanitation and Water Resources Conservation, based at the Faculty of Engineering at the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia. It is widely recognized within the water supply and environmental sanitation sector in Colombia, as well as in other Latin American countries.

The Institute has become a virtual information and training center in the region. During his visit to Delft to attend a short course, Dr. Miguel Pena, Director of Cinara, said that in 20 years a number of successful projects, dozens of trained staff, the exchange of professional academic staff, useful education products, but also presentations at international conferences and numerous scientific and academic cooperation and publications can be counted as successful results of this collaboration.

UNESCO-IHE assisted in the development of the Sanitary Engineering programme, for instance, that has now developed into a doctoral programme.

Dr. Pena looks forward to jointly look for funding opportunities and new partnerships and is optimistic and committed to expand this partnership even further to create a larger sustainable impact.

Email: Miguel Pena, miguelpe@univalle.edu.co

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