On 23 April 2018, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the government of Uruguay, Agencia Nacional de Investigación e Innovación (ANII), and IHE Delft. The agreement was signed by the Executive Undersecretary of ANII, Ms. Maria Laura Fernandez, and by the IHE Delft Rector, Professor Eddy Moors. A representative from the Uruguayan Embassy to the Netherlands, Ambassador Laura Dupuy, was also present.
The collaboration was led by academic staff from the Sanitary Engineering chair group at IHE Delft, Dr. Hector A. Garcia and Professor Damir Brdjanovic. A first collaborative agreement between Uruguay and IHE Delft was signed in 2012, allowing the participation of talented Uruguayan graduate students in IHE Delft’s MSc and PhD programmes, through a shared financing scheme between the two institutions. Opportunities for closing the loop between education, innovation and entrepreneurship have been further identified, which are at the centre of this follow-up renewal agreement between ANII and IHE Delft.
The purpose of this new agreement is to support and strengthen ANII and IHE Delft strategies in education, innovation, and entrepreneurship. By the year 2025, Uruguay will have strengthened the sanitation sector by sponsoring the education of more than 70 Uruguayan water professionals and 8 Uruguayan scientists on the MSc and PhD programmes respectively, in the field of Sanitary Engineering at IHE Delft.
Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Maria Laura Fernandez, Executive Undersecretary of ANII, about the MoU:
"We are extremely pleased with the signing of this new agreement with IHE Delft, although we do not see this as a new agreement, but as a continuation of the collaboration started back in 2012. We in ANII strongly believe that this is a milestone in the history of the relationship between our institutions by supporting and strengthening our strategies to close the cycle between (i) education, (ii) innovation, and (iii) entrepreneurship.
Related to the first component of this agreement, we are now signing a commitment for having 37 new Uruguayan participants in the Master of Science programme in Sanitary Engineering, and 6 new Uruguayan participants in the PhD programme; all of them to be executed during the next seven years. The second and third component of the agreement are related to bringing technological innovation into the sanitary engineering field in Uruguay, and to strongly promote entrepreneurship activities in Uruguay; that is, we will be actively encouraging the MSc and PhD participants to engage with the productive sector in Uruguay, to develop technical innovations in the sanitary engineering sector, and to encourage IHE Delft Uruguayan alumni to start-up their own water-related business after finalizing their graduate education at IHE Delft.''