Delft, The Netherlands, 02 Mar 2022

Water Cooperation and Diplomacy Joint Master – Application deadline approaching

With the deadline for applications to the Water Cooperation and Diplomacy Joint Master’s Programme approaching, alumni share their views on the benefits of their studies.

Alumni experiences

Alumna Nataliya Chemayeva, from Turkmenistan, graduated in 2019 and is now the Head of Information and Databank Department at International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea in Turkmenistan. She said her degree helped her in her career:

“Getting a MA/MSc in Water Cooperation and Diplomacy helped me to grow a professional mindset and become an expert in water and climate fields,” she said. “So far, I have been able to contribute to the high-level climate and water related discourses taking place in Central Asia as well as game-changing initiatives introduced by young water experts working in the Aral Sea Basin.”

The programme was launched in 2015 by IHE Delft, the University for Peace in Costa Rica and Oregon State University in the United States, and students spend about six months at each institution. After graduation, alumni remain connected and active; for example, in December 2021 alumni met for networking, sharing updates about their careers and  an advanced negotiation training offered by the Clingendael Institute for International Relations.

Alumna Kari Davis, a US national who graduated in 2020, enjoyed the training during the alumni meeting in December 2021. The Master’s programme features training by several different organizations, something Davis found beneficial.

“The training provided by Clingendael Institute during my studies was unparalleled, and since graduation, I have found it to be applicable to more than just water resources,” she said. 

Fatima Taha, a 2017 graduate from Sudan who now is a geography doctoral candidate at Oregon State University and Advisory Commissioner at-Large at Clean Water Services Advisory Commission said the Master education provided a foundation for her career.

“The connections among the multifaceted water problems aren’t obvious. Choosing a career in water is a challenging environment that requires me to be well informed and creative in dealing with water issues. The master’s programme on water cooperation and diplomacy equipped me with tools in water-problem solving and connected me with a network of professionals working on this shared resource,” she said.

So far, the programme has alumni from Sudan, the United States, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Canada, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ethiopia, Turkmenistan, South Korea, Germany and Uzbekistan. Applications for the programme that starts in August 2022 are due 30 April. Read more here

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