Suez Environnement and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education have signed an agreement to renew their cooperation in education and research in Water and Sanitation. The official signing took place at the Budapest Water Summit held 8-11 October in Budapest, Hungary. Thierry Mallet, Executive Vice President Innovation and Business Performance for Suez Environnement and Professor Andras Szollosi-Nagy, Rector of UNESCO-IHE, represented the two parties at the signing. Vice-President Bernard Guirkinger represented the Suez Environnement Initiatives Foundation that sponsors the partnership.
The Foundation has provided twenty online scholarships to students from developing countries for the 2013-2015 academic year. The scholarships are for online courses in public and private partnerships (PPP), policy management in developing countries, urban drainage and sewerage, and solid waste management.
The partnership will also focus on supporting the MSc programme in Water Management, involving Suez Environnement experts as guest lecturers in the areas of PPP, Health/Security and Ethics/Sustainable Development. Collaboration in the organization of fieldtrips within the educational programmes as well as opportunities to undertake joint research and innovation projects will also be explored.
The signing ceremony was a unique opportunity for both parties to reiterate their readiness to extend their cooperation, that dates back to 2003, through mutually beneficial activities aiming at developing new knowledge, sharing experiences and disseminating knowledge and skills for the benefit of the parties, clients and the international community.
Suez Environnement and UNESCO-IHE are joining forces to advance the scientific and human resources development activities, by encouraging direct and closer cooperation in the technical and scientific fields related to water and sanitation. "This partnership is an excellent example of effective cooperation between the private sector and the United Nations system", says Rector, Professor Szollosi-Nagy.
Thierry Mallet from Suez Environnement added: “We are proud to confirm and enrich our long-term cooperation with UNESCO-IHE in capacity building for water management, thus contributing to achieve effective governance of water resources in developing countries”