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IWC supports individuals, organisations and institutions to develop necessary understanding, organising and influencing competencies required to drive change at the local and global level.


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.

T-shaped futureOur 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.

Effective water leaderStudy 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.

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.



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