The Arabian Gulf University (AGU) is launching the mid-programme exams for participants in the 9th cohort (2023-2024) of the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Diploma Programme, implemented by the United Nations Water Learning Centre (UN-WLC) for the Arab Region at the University's College of Graduate Studies (CGS), in cooperation with the United Nations University.
On this occasion, Dr Waleed Zubari, Professor of Water Resources Management in CGS and IWRM Diploma Programme Coordinator, stated: “Participants in the programme select research projects that address strategic dilemmas in their field of work. Through the research project, a realistic problem in the field of integrated water resources management is solved by dealing with issues intersecting with it from the social, economic, and environmental dimensions. This is the main objective of the programme, which is to not only view water resources management from a technical point of view."
Elaborating further on the research projects for the 9th cohort, Dr Zubari said it include multiple topics that are important to the region, such as community acceptance of reuse of treated wastewater, groundwater governance, mitigating the environmental impacts of desalination plants, design of water monitoring networks, measuring customer satisfaction for water services, costs of bottled water, water harvesting, the impact of climate change on the severity of floods, and integrated planning and management of water basins.
It is worth noting that this programme, which is implemented by AGU in cooperation with the United Nations University and the Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health (GIWEH) in Canada, is a multidisciplinary programme in the development, management and planning of water resources, and aims to build capacities of water workers in the field of integrated management of water resources and contribute to developing integrated administrative thought on how to address various aspects of water resources and related issues in the Arab region. Those enrolled in the programme propose graduation projects for practical applications that translate the principles of integrated water resources management and apply them to water problems in their countries.
Dr Zubari added that graduates who achieve 80 percent or more can directly enrol in the Master's of Water Resources Management programme offered by the CGS, after fulfilling the general requirements for admission to the University.
The students' research projects are supervised by a group of AGU professors and associates from outside the University who are specialists in the fields of water, environment, and social and economic sciences, while the training packages are implemented in a distance education manner.