IWC students learn about African water governance models
Dr Bimo Nkhata, adjunct Senior Research Fellow at IWC Africa, has recently visited Brisbane and delivered a day-long workshop to IWC Masters students on Southern African water governance models, with reference to Zambia and South Africa. The workshop was designed to provide insights into the complexity and centrality of governance in integrated water management in Southern Africa. Dr Nkhata will also be delivering the Water Governance and Policy course for Masters students at IWC Africa, offered through Monash South Africa.
Dr Nkhata is also part of an international research initiative operating under a university consortium involving four African and one American universities. The five universities have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) directed at natural resources higher education in Africa and the United States. The consortium seeks to advance African-based leadership in addressing the myriad demands confronting the sustainability of natural resource use now and in the future.
Associate Professor Poh-Ling Tan from Griffith University teaches and coordinates Water Governance and Policy for IWC in Brisbane. Feedback from students indicates that their intellectual and personal boundaries are being stretched by the course. One student says, "so far I've tried to just stick to engineering, but now I find that I need to be aware of politics, and I am finding this a positive experience." Others say they enjoy the interactive teaching and learning style of the course which uses Australian and international material.