Refresher courses

Each year, IHE Delft organizes refresher courses in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and/or the Middle East, primarily for IHE Delft alumni. The courses cover themes that are of direct relevance and importance to the region and the participants.

Refresher courses 

    Refresher courses take place every year in different continents with the financial support of Nuffic to contribute to the institutional development of the alumni's employing organizations and prolong the impact of the original training. The courses are open to alumni who have studied in the Netherlands with OKP/NFP scholarships and are living in countries included in the Nuffic country list. The courses are evaluated by alumni as a very important experience to increase their knowledge as well as to reinforce their professional network.

    The refresher courses, which are typically one week long, consist of interactive lectures, role-plays, group discussions, field trips,  country presentations by participants, social events, and a final ceremony where certificates of attendance are awarded. During the courses the participants attended classes as well as have time to share their own professional experiences and networking.

    Objectives of the courses: 

    Facilitating exchanges of experiences between alumni from different countries facing similar issues and problems in their professional capacities;

    Enhancing and strengthening relationships among these alumni, and between them and IHE Delft;

    Adapting and improving the approaches and contents of courses held at IHE Delft on the basis of the experiences and practices of professionals working in developing countries; and

    Exploring opportunities for establishing and strengthening local and regional knowledge centres that are part of regional and global networks for capacity building in the water, environment and infrastructure sectors.

    Refresher courses 2020 moved to 2021

    Three IHE Delft Refresher courses have been approved by Nuffic to be held in 2020 in the following countries: Colombia, Ethiopia and Sri Lanka. 

    NOTE: Because of the situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, IHE Delft, with Nuffic agreement, has decided to postpone the Refresher Course dates. The postponement is necessary and unavoidable . All applications received will remain valid. The exact dates of the courses will be confirmed following covid-19 developments to all applicants.

    Course: ‘Improving food security through innovative and low cost methods of soil, water resource and crop monitoring & management’
    Date: May 2021 - to be confirmed, following covid-19 developments
    Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and ONLINE
    Coordinator: Dr. Paolo Paron
    Counterpart: African Centre for Excellence in Water Management of the Addis Ababa University
    Open to: Alumni from Africa
    Deadline:  Application closed

    Course: ‘Training on IT tools and citizens scientist projects to improve measurements for water sustainability and food security’
    Date:  25 to 29 January 2021
    Location: ONLINE (Bogota, Colombia & The Netherlands)
    Coordinator: Dr. Gerald Corzo Perez
    Counterpart: Escuela Colombiana de Ingenieria Julio Garavito
    Open to: Alumni from Latin America and Caribbean countries
    Completed read article here

    Course: Modern Asset Management for Ensuring Sustainability of  Investments in the Water and Agricultural Sectors (MAMESIWAS)
    Date: 2021 - to be confirmed, following covid-19 developmentsts
    Location: Sri Lanka
    Coordinators: Dr. Assela Pathirana & Prof. Rosh Ranasinghe
    Counterpart: Ministry of Urban Development Water Supply and Housing Facilities
    Open to: Alumni from Asia
    Deadline: Application closed


    Refresher course held in 2019 

    Refresher courses 2018

    Last February Nuffic launched the new OKP programme that includes alumni activities, being the Refresher Courses one of them.
    Nine proposals have been submitted by IHE Delft to Nuffic 2018 Refresher Courses call last November. The approved  proposals will be informed  by Nuffic in December 2018.  

    Refresher courses held in 2017 

    • Course: Managing Solid Waste with emphasis on solid household organics
      Location: Mumbai, India
      Coordinator: Dr. Maarten Siebel & Dr. E. van Hullebush
      Counterpart: Five Elements Environment Ventures PvT. Ltd., FEEV,  & Indian Institute of Technology, JSS Academy of Technology Edu IIT/JSS Noida
      Open to: Alumni from Asia and West Africa 
      Read article here
    • Course: Urban and Rural polder development in coastal areas
      Location: Yangon, Myanmar
      Coordinator: Dr. F. Suryadi
      Counterpart: Irrigation and Water Utilization management Department, IWUMD & Myanmar Maritime University, MMU
      Read article here
    • Course: Hydrological tools for water management in food production
      Location: Managua, Nicaragua
      Coordinator: Dr. Gerald Corzo Perez
      Counterpart: Institute of Geology and Geophysics, UNAN Managua
      Read article here
    • Course: Water resources management and climate change: balancing the extremes 'Food-Water Scarcity-Floods"
      Location: La Havana & Varadero - Cuba
      Coordinator: Dr. Carlos Lopez Vazquez & Dr. Hector Garcia
      Counterpart: Institute para la Investigacion de la Industria Alimentaria, IIIA & Havana Technical University ‘Jose Antonio Echeverria’, CUJAE
      Read article here
    • Course: Towards sustainable Intensification of Agriculture for Food Security
      Location: Nairobi, Kenya
      Coordinator: Dr. Poolad Karimi
      Counterpart: Jomo Kenyatta, University of Agriculture and Technology & WaterHealth


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