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The International WaterCentre (IWC) Water Leadership Program helps emerging leaders to develop the abilities they need to exert influence, drive change and advance challenging integrated water management projects — abilities associated with the most effective integrated water management leaders.
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WHY STUDY WITH IWC?

The International WaterCentre (IWC) Education Program builds future water leaders – Integrated Water Management professionals able to collaborate, create and deliver innovative approaches to complex water management challenges.

OUR INTEGRATED APPROACH

Our Education Program draws on the expertise of international leaders in teaching, research and practice across a wide range of disciplines. We take a transdisciplinary ‘whole-of-water-cycle’ approach that equips participants with practical tools and skills for developing and delivering effective water management solutions.

Through our program you’ll develop effective leadership capacity as well as the strategic, managerial and technical skills you need to advance in the water sector.

T-SHAPED WATER LEADERS DEVELOPMENT

“T-shaped” water leaders are effective because they’re not just high achievers, they’re wide achievers too. Like the letter T, they have a strong base capped with significant breadth.

Our focus on developing “T-shaped” water leaders enables IWC graduates with the ability to not only become technical specialists, but effective, well-rounded leaders too, with an understanding in:

  • infrastructure
  • decision-making processes
  • ethics
  • technology
  • social and natural sciences
  • engineering

UNIQUE TRANSDISCIPLINARY KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT

Our Masters delivery team comprises of leading water management experts and educators from across government, industry, NGOs and business. This allows us to develop a unique set of transdisciplinary skills and knowledge in our participants. This knowledge base equips our graduates with a competitive advantage in the job market.

IWC COURSES

MASTER OF INTEGRATED WATER MANAGMENT (MIWM)

The Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) is one of the few programs in the world that takes a truly integrated approach to water management, bringing together social, economic, ecological, and engineering dimensions to effectively address complex sustainable development challenges that have water at their core.

PROFESSIONAL OUTCOMES

As a graduate you will be well equipped for emerging leadership roles and management positions in public, private and non-government sectors. Past graduates have gained employment with governments, consultancies, development and aid agencies, environmental regulators and agricultural, mining and industrial companies.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Gain expertise to solve complex water management issues

  • Use and integrate social and natural science with engineering skills and knowledge to diagnose water management problems from whole of water cycle and systems perspectives
  • Apply the principles and methods of integrated water management to achieve sustainable development outcomes
  • Provide leadership, managerial and technical input into the planning and implementation of water policies, projects, programs and infrastructures
  • Integrate relevant social, economic and environmental factors to more effectively plan and manage water management projects and programs
  • Collaborate and communicate for better cross-sectoral, trans-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder outcomes.

STUDY OPTIONS

  • Full Time*
  • Part Time*
  • Distance Time*
  • Master’s Degree
  • Graduate Diploma
  • Graduate Certificate

*Note: part-time/distance available only to Australian/New Zealand citizens and Australian Permanent Residents.

STRUCTURE AND SPECIALISATION STREAMS

Choose one of three specialisation streams and tailor your final project to meet your professional aspirations, within your current work environment or as a placement with a host organisation, both nationally or internationally.

WASH and development

With a heavy focus on community engagement and development skills, this stream concentrates on alleviating poverty and improving access to water and sanitation services in developing countries.

Urban Water

Development of design, planning and engagement skills are accelerated in this stream for all aspects of transforming urban sustainability and water management.

Water, land and people

Centred around stakeholders and socio-economic factors, this stream focusses on integrating water resource planning and effective stakeholder management to promote sustainable water management.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Australia, the land of droughts and flooding rains, is an ideal location to study water management. The Australian water sector is globally respected for its knowledge and capability in a diverse range of water management practices.

Your learning experience will be enriched by the many professional development and networking opportunities, diverse study destinations including a 9-day intensive to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef and problem-based learning projects.

You can tailor your final project experience to meet your professional or career development aspirations, either within your current work environment or as a placement with a host organisation, in Australia or overseas.

IWC students come from all over the world, bringing with them great cultural and professional diversity. Students support each other and build strong professional and personal friendships. IWC staff are dedicated to providing you with the academic and personal support you need, from your initial enquiry through to graduation.

On joining the program you’ll also receive free membership to the IWC Alumni Network, a dynamic learning community of over 1000 water leaders from 84 countries – and growing.

WATER LEADSERSHIP PROGRAM (WLP)

THE PROGRAM

The International WaterCentre (IWC) Water Leadership Program helps emerging leaders to develop the abilities they need to exert influence, drive change and advance challenging integrated water management projects — abilities associated with the most effective integrated water management leaders.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

As well as a foundational understanding in all aspects of water management, completion of the program will provide students with the experience and ability to:

  • Strategically influence and effectively drive change in challenging water management projects and policies
  • Implement leadership tactics from specialist researchers and respected industry executives
  • Mentor other developing leaders and staff through greater self-awareness
  • Advance to executive roles within organisation through fortified leadership skills
  • Network with alumni and established industry leaders

PROFESSIONAL OUTCOMES

Designed for emerging water leaders at the project to middle management level, this program is customised for the water sector to equip participants with: the ability to drive change when addressing ‘wicked problems’; exercise influence; improved capacity to demonstrate many of the leadership behaviours needed for future executive roles; and an enhanced ability to mentor and manage within their individual work context.

DELIVERY FORMAT

The program incorporates a flexible structure with direct significance to current management positions. As a participant in the program you will complete pre-training exercises including customised online 360 degree feedback process, two intensive face-to-face sessions, one-on-one coaching and mentor meetings. Monthly activities such as online discussions, readings and webinars are designed to promote continual development throughout the program. A final tailored one-on-one coaching session will end the program, resulting in a total of 15 days commitment, over nine months, to complete the program.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Designed to build your capacity to continually develop as a water industry leader you’re your career, this nine-month program features a balance between academic and real-world approaches to learning including:

  • Mentoring activities involving experienced water industry executives such as Jude Munro, Rob Skinner, John Langford, Mark Pascoe and/or Paul Greenfield;
  • a sound research and theoretical basis, including conceptual models of effective water leaders, leadership processes and leadership development;
  • peer review of the program design, content and evaluation by leading industry practitioners and academics.

ENROLMENT PROCESS (MIWM)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Prospective students must meet the following prerequisites for entry into the program:

  • A completed undergraduate degree in a related field of study from an internationally-recognised institution
  • English language proficiency, as demonstrated by an officially recognised test of English language proficiency
  • Professional experience in a water related field is preferred, but not essential

IMPORTANT DATES

Event Semester 1
(February – June)
Semester 2
(July – November)
Program applications close
(International students, full-time)
No mid-year intake 30 November the year before enrolment
Program applications close
(Domestic students, full-time or part-time/distance)
31 January the year of enrolment No mid-year intake
On-campus workshops and field work February/March July
International IWC Master Scholarship application submittal Applications open 1 May annually Applications close 1 August annually
Domestic IWC Master Scholarship application submittal closed 1 July – 1 November, annually

PROGRAM COSTS

Program fees include the International WaterCentre’s Professional Development Grant (AU$1,000) which can be used towards your final project or professional development. This is available for both Master and Graduate Diploma students. Fees also cover most program field trips including transport, accommodation and meals. Some field trips, however, are partially subsidised by the IWC. materials are also included in tuition fees. Australian citizens can apply for Fee-Help, an Australian government loan to help with tuition fees.

Tuition Fees for 2017 entry

FAQ’s

Before entering

Do you need an engineering/science/mathematics background to enter the program?
No. A background in one of these disciplines would be beneficial, but is not a prerequisite to enrol.

Is there a minimum GPA to enter the program?
No.

Do you give credit for prior studies?
Unfortunately, this program does not grant advanced standing or credit. Students are required to complete the full Master, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate program.

Can I enrol in the program in semester 2?
No. There are no mid-year intakes and the program begin in annually in February.

Applying

Where do I enrol?
International applicants must enrol at The University of Queensland in 2018. Domestic candidates must enrol through Griffith University. Both International and Domestic candidates will however receive a co-badged degree from both university partners.

I have accepted my offer of admission from The University of Queensland, what do I need to do now?
Once you’ve accepted your offer of admission, submitted all required documentation and paid your tuition fees deposits, you need to enrol in your classes via mySI-Net (from December each year).

Costs and financial assistance

What do the fees cover?
Tuition fees cover the subjects of your program, most field trip accommodation, transport and meals, course materials and networking opportunities.

Are there any scholarship opportunities/financial assistance?
Yes, IWC offers full and partial scholarships. Other opportunities for scholarships can be found through the Australian Government, international scholarship programs and other financial aid which can be found on our scholarship page.

International students

Which visa category should I indicate on my student application
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What are the English language requirements?
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Is my undergraduate degree recognised in Australia?
If you are unsure of whether your undergraduate degree is recognised in Australia, please contact The University of Queensland – Online Enquiries
Telephone: (Outside Australia) +61 3 8676 7004
(Within Australia) 1800 671 980
Email: study@uq.edu.au

I am an international student and have applied for the program, what do I do now?
Once your application has been received, you will receive an electronic confirmation of a receipt and a student number. You can track your application with this information or contact The University of Queensland for visa advice and application status.

General enquiries for international students

If you have any questions regarding admission, visas or status of your submitted application, please contact:

The University of Queensland – Online Enquiries
Telephone: (Outside Australia) +61 3 8676 7004
(Within Australia) 1800 671 980
Email: study@uq.edu.au

ENROLMENT PROCESS (WLP)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Prospective students must meet the following prerequisites for entry into the program:

  • At least three years of experience working in the water industry/sector or have completed postgraduate research in the water sector that involved working closely with industry stakeholders
  • You are an Australian/New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • English language proficiency, as demonstrated by an officially recognised test of English language proficiency
  • Ability to attend the five days of face-to-face training and mentoring in Brisbane
  • If you are employed, organisational support to attend the program is preferred, but not essential

PROGRAM COSTS

The Water Leadership Program costs AU$11,500. This cost can be spread over two financial years if needed. Students must cover any costs associated with attending face-to-face training in Brisbane (5 days in February).

Scholarships are offered every year to assist emerging leaders, irrespective of financial circumstances. If you are unable to commit to the full nine-month program (or are unsuccessful in obtaining scholarship), you may be interested in IWC’s coaching services.

IMPORTANT DATES

Event Dates (annual)
Scholarship applications open
(Domestic students only)
1 July
Scholarship applications close
(Domestic students only)
30 September
Program applications open 1 September
Program applications close 9 November
Program begins 1 December
Face-to-face training February
Date TBA
Program ends 31 August

FAQs

Before entering

What is the total time commitment for the program?
Approximately 15 days over nine months for full commitment to all activities. However, elements of the program are created for flexibility and can be managed around work commitments.

Is the program part of a university degree? 
No. As an external program it enables us to keep the cost down. However, we are working on ways for participants to gain ‘academic credit’ at our partner universities should they wish to complete postgraduate degrees in management or integrated water management.

Do I get a certificate at the end of the program? 
Yes. Participants will receive a ‘certificate of participation’ or a ‘certificate of completion / excellence’. These certificates list the elements of the program that have been completed and acknowledges the significant achievement of the participant.

Is there a technical component to the course? 
No, it is a leadership course for water professionals. For those wanting to learn more about Integrated Water Management and gain technical skills, we provide a Master of Integrated Water Management course.

Can I contact past participants to get their perspective on the program?
Yes, the International WaterCentre can put you in contact with participants who have completed all elements of the program.

Applying

Could I still enrol in the program if I am away from work for part of the year or busy doing other work? 
Yes, as long as you can attend the face-to-face training in February and have access to the internet during December when we run the online 360-degree feedback process. The delivery of the program is flexible, so participants can take part in various elements on-line if they fall behind for personal or work-related reasons. The program has been designed for busy water professionals who work full-time.

I can’t commit to the full nine-month program. Do you offer any alternative?
Yes, we also offer a one-on-one coaching service. This service provides the flexibility to work on your leadership skills individually with one of our experienced and qualified leadership coaches.

Costs and financial assistance

Can I pay in stages (e.g. over two financial years)? 
This is negotiated on a case-by-case basis. A deposit is always paid initially, with remaining tuition fee stages to be agreed upon by individual participants and the International WaterCentre. Please note that failure to meet an agreed upon stage of tuition fee payment will result in exclusion from the program.

Is travel and accommodation covered in the program fees? 
No. These costs are the responsibility of individual participants.

International students

Are there other scholarships available for overseas applicants? 
Yes. There opportunities for overseas practitioners to gain scholarship funding in order to attend the Water Leadership Program. The Australian Commonwealth government currently runs two programs that are potentially relevant, namely the Endeavour Awards and DFAT Australia Awards programs (see www.australiaawards.gov.au for up-to-date information).

What level of English is required? 
Academic English language skills (IELTS score 6.5, overall TOEFL 570) as demonstrated by an officially recognised test of English language proficiency.

MASTER OF INTEGRATED WATER MANAGEMENT SCHOLARSHIPS

OPEN AND UPCOMING SCHOLARSHIPS

A range of scholarships are awarded annually to high calibre candidates who clearly demonstrate potential as future water leaders. These full and partial scholarships are available to both international and domestic students.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Three full scholarships are awarded by the International WaterCentre for the Master of Integrated Water Management course. Additional scholarships are also available annually including the Endeavour Awards and Australia Awards for full to partial tuition fees.

SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS

IWC Masters Scholarships (International) - Full tuition and full living costs scholarship (Type A)

There are two Type A scholarships available annually, targeted at international candidates who meet the minimum eligibility requirements, hold citizenship and currently live in one of the priority countries. These countries include the Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. One of these scholarships will be reserved and awarded to a female candidate.

Value for this scholarship is AU$92,645, which covers:

  • Full tuition fees for full-time study of Master of Integrated Water Management
  • Living expenses remuneration
  • Return air travel to Australia
  • University student amenities fee
  • Cost of Student Visa for a single student
  • Cost of Overseas Student Health Cover for a single student

For more information view the Terms and Conditions for this scholarship.

IWC Masters Scholarships (International) – Full tuition scholarship (Type B)

One full tuition Type B scholarship is available annually, targeted at international candidates who meet the minimum eligibility requirements, hold citizenship and currently live in North America, Europe or Asia.Up to a further two full tuition scholarships are also offered to domest applicants every year.

Value for this scholarship is AU$52,500, which covers:

  • Full tuition fees for full-time study of Master of Integrated Water Management

For more information view the Terms and Conditions for this scholarship.

IWC Masters Scholarships – Partial tuition scholarships

Unsuccessful Type A and B scholarship applicants who are accepted into the program as self-funded students will have access to the IWC Masters Scholarships (Partial). Information will be provided in November.

Value for this scholarship is AU$9,500, which covers:

  • $7000 towards the cost of tuition fees for Master of Integrated Water Management
  • Return air travel up to the value of $2500 to Australia for selected full time Master program applicants who reside and hold a passport from the United States, Canada or a country in the European Union

For more information view the Terms and Conditions for this scholarship.

Australia Awards Scholarship – Australian Government funded scholarship

The Australia Awards Scholarship offers the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to study, research and develop professionally at Australian Universities. In return, Australia Awards scholars are expected to return to their home country and contribute to their regions development.

Value of this scholarship includes:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Return flights
  • Establishment allowance
  • Contribution to Living Expenses
  • Introductory Academic Program (IAP)
  • Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • Visa expenses
  • Pre-course English (PCE) fees and Supplementary Academic Support (Tutorial Assistance), if needed

For more information view the Australia Awards Scholarship website.

Endeavor Scholarship – Australian Government funded scholarship

The Endeavor Scholarship is awarded to Postgraduate applicants from select countries to promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia, its neighbours and global partners.

Value of this scholarship includes:

  • Travel allowance of $3,000
  • Establishment allowance of $2,000 (fellowships) or $4,000 (scholarships)
  • Monthly stipend of $3,000
  • Health insurance for the full category duration (OSHC for international recipients)
  • Travel insurance

For more information view the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships website.

IMPORTANT DATES

Event Dates (annual)
International WaterCenter Type A, B, C
Scholarship applications open
1 May
Endeavor
Scholarship applications open
Open now
Australia Awards
Scholarship applications open and close
View relevant application dates according to country
Endeavor
Scholarship applications close
30 June
International WaterCenter Type A, B, C
Scholarship applications close
1 August – 5:00pm AEST
International WaterCenter Type A, B, C
Shortlisted applicants are notified
23 August
International WaterCenter Type A, B, C
Selection Panel decides on successful applicants
1 November
Master of Integrated Water Management commences February

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact our scholarship, flight refund and program content team via:
Email: admin@watercentre.org
Phone: +61 7 3028 7600

DOMESTIC STUDENTS

Two full scholarships are awarded annually, by the International WaterCentre for the Master of Integrated Water Management course. Three full scholarships are also awarded annually, by the International WaterCentre in collaboration with industry sponsors for the Water Leadership Program.

MIWM SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS

International WaterCentre Scholarship – Full tuition and flights to Brisbane

There are two International WaterCentre scholarships available annually, targeted at Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for the Master of Integrated Water Management course.
Value for this scholarship covers:

  • Current full tuition fees for full-time study (1.5 years) or part-time/distance study (3 years)
  • Return flights to Brisbane for ‘intensives’ in the program

For more information view the Terms and Conditions for this scholarship.

Type C Scholarships – Partial tuition scholarships

Scholarship applicants who are accepted into the program as self-funded students will have access to International Water Centre partial Scholarships. Information to be provided November 2017.
Value for this scholarship is AU$9,000, which covers:

  • Partial tuition fees for Master of Integrated Water Management

For more information view the Terms and Conditions for this scholarship.

WLP SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS

International WaterCentre Leader Scholarship

One International WaterCentre Leader Scholarship is available annually for the Water Leadership Program. Valued at $11,500, this scholarship covers:

  • Full course fees for the Water Leadership Program
  • $2,000 to cover expenses associated with travel and accommodation in Brisbane

Clearwater Water Leader Scholarships

Two full tuition scholarships and three half scholarships are offered in 2017 for emerging leaders in the water industry.

Melbourne Water Leader Scholarships

Two full tuition scholarships are offered in 2017 for emerging leaders in the water industry.

NSW Water Directorate Leader Scholarships

One half scholarship ais offered in 2017 for emerging leaders in the water industry.

WLP SCHOLARSHIP VALUE

Full tuition scholarships, valued at $11,500, cover course fees and an additional $2,000 to cover expenses associated with travel and accommodation in Brisbane.

Half tuition scholarships, valued at $5,750, provide $4,750 towards course fees, in addition to $1,000 to cover expenses associated with travel and accommodation in Brisbane.

APPLY ONLINE

BEFORE YOU APPLY

Take the time to read over the Terms and Conditions of each scholarship. Below is a link to each scholarships Terms and Conditions for the Master of Integrated Water Management and Water Leadership Program.

International:

  • Type A, B, C Scholarships
  • Endeavour Scholarships
  • Australia Award Scholarships
  • GWP – Ken Thiess Memorial Scholarship

Domestic:

  • International WaterCentre Scholarships (MIWM)
  • IWC Water Leader Scholarship (WLP)
  • Clearwater Water Leader Scholarships
  • Melbourne Water Leader Scholarships
  • NSW Water Directorate Leader Scholarship

HOW TO APPLY

The application process for each scholarship is varied. To apply for a scholarship, click the links below, fill in your information, submit the relevant documents and ensure you check the important dates for your application and program.

International:

  • Type A, B, C Scholarships
  • Endeavour Scholarships
  • Australia Award Scholarships
  • GWP – Ken Thiess Memorial Scholarship

Domestic:

  • International Water Centre Scholarships (MIWM)
  • IWC Water Leader Scholarship (WLP)
  • Clearwater Water Leader Scholarships
  • Melbourne Water Leader Scholarships
  • NSW Water Directorate Leader Scholarship

CONTACT US

For any further information needed from either international or domestic students feel free to contact our Education team via:
Email: admin@watercentre.org
Phone: +61 7 3028 7600

PREVIOUS SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

INTERNATIONAL

“I believe this program will help my family, my community, my country and the world.”

Vanh Mixap / Founder, Everyone Matters, Laos
Scholarship recipient and Master of Integrated Water Management Graduate 2015

“The IWC Masters training was very applicable in designing a study of Harare City’s water supply situation to highlight current problems and inform policy and institutional review.”

Robert Apunyo / Program Manager, Kabano Research and Development Centre, Uganda
Scholarship recipient and Master of Integrated Water Management Graduate 2010

Domestic

WATER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

“The program, especially meeting new friends and colleagues in the Brisbane face to face sessions, has been a highlight of my year. I now have a far greater understanding of my values and leadership attributes, which has enabled me to implement a leadership development plan to enhance my leadership skills well into my future career.”

Simon Perrin / Branch Manager – Asset Creation, Wannon Water

“I use the techniques and skills developed every day in my work life, and they have made a great impact on my confidence and ability to lead a more effective and engaged team.”

Sarah Eggleton / Customer Account Manager – Water Retailers, Customer and Strategy, Melbourne Water

Domestic

MASTER OF INTEGRATED WATER MANAGEMENT

“The opportunity to collaborate and build networks with such a diverse mixture of participants and the IWC will be a really important part of the program for everyone involved.”

Caitlin Pilkington / Environmental/Civil Engineer, Aurecon Engineering Consultancy, Australia – Scholarship recipient and Master of Integrated Water Management current student

“The IWC Masters with its balanced approach to the social, physical, environmental and economic aspects of water finally ticked all the boxes for me.”

Nathan Cammerman / Director of Business Partnerships, Abundant Water, Australia – Scholarship recipient and Master of Integrated Water Management Graduate 2009

ALUMNI

The International WaterCenter’s Alumni Network (IWCAN) consists of a global network of water leaders working to solve the world’s water challenges.

IWC Water Leadership Program
versus Master of Integrated
Water Management

To understand the relationship between the IWC’s Master of Integrated Water Management and the Water Leadership Program, and how they both contribute to the IWC’s vision of creating water leaders, download a high level conceptual model of effective water leaders below.