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Why study with us

Integrated approach

At IWC we consider the social, environmental and economic impacts of water-related decisions by integrating community, scientific, engineering, economic, legal, health and political perspectives.

We focus on the themes of Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), Healthy river basins and Sustainable urban communities to develop Leadership and best practice in integrated water management.


How are IWC programs different?

> Download our ‘Conceptual model of effective water leader (PDF) to understand key differences and similarities between IWC’s education programs and how they all contribute to our vision of enabling water leaders.


What makes an effective water leader?

It’s great to be a specialist, but we believe that leaders are effective because they’re not just high achievers – they’re wide achievers as well. Like the letter “T”, they have a strong base capped with significant breadth.

Our programs will help you become T-shaped.  

Many technical specialists in the water field have vast knowledge of one subject. The problem is that too often, this knowledge is narrow, a bit like the letter “I”.

The most challenging and important problems in water management aren’t narrow at all. They’re ‘wicked’ problems that are complex and multifaceted, involving many stakeholders with different values and interests. They can’t be faced alone.

Wicked problems need T-shaped professionals, professionals with the skills to lead processes of change. T-shapes have the breadth of knowledge to ensure that the right people are working together in the right ways, to appreciate and address each tricky aspect of water management problems in an integrated manner.

Study with us, and you’ll build understanding of the social sciences, the natural sciences, infrastructure and technology, ethics, decision-making processes as well as essential skills in engineering and science. This wide understanding is what it takes to be T-shaped – to successfully champion change towards Integrated Water Management.

Read article A T-shaped future for water professionals? by IWC's Dr Brian McIntosh and André Taylor.


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