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University of Western Australia hosts integrated water management students

Twenty five International WaterCentre post-graduate students from Africa, Europe, South Asia, the USA and Australia are currently visiting the Centre for Excellence in Natural Resource Management at The University of Western Australia Centre, Albany. The students are undertaking a two week program studying water issues in the Great Southern Development Commission as part of the International WaterCentre’s Master of Integrated Water Management Program.
University of Western Australia hosts integrated water management students

IWC Masters students on a field trip in Western Australia

“The UWA is a key partner of the International WaterCentre, a joint venture of The University of Western Australia, The University of Queensland, and Monash and Griffith Universities,” said Professor Peter Davies, Director of the Centre for Excellence in Natural Resource Management in Albany.

“As such, UWA Albany is teaching a key part of this Master of Integrated Water Management. The students have morning lectures and afternoon field trips working with UWA staff and other local experts focusing on catchment and aquatic ecosystem health and water planning.”

Based in Brisbane, the International WaterCentre provides education and training, applied research and expert services focusing on cross-disciplinary understanding of better ways to manage water at catchment, stream and local scales. Formed by its partner universities in 2005, it has now undertaken projects and worked with students from all parts of the globe.

“We have flown these students from the other side of Australia to undertake this study in Albany,” said Dr Peter Oliver, senior lecturer in education and training at the International WaterCentre.

“The Great Southern is a special place, with significant water, stream and catchment management issues. When you combine these field work opportunities with the ability to work with world-class staff from the UWA Albany Centre and other local experts, the hospitality of Albany and the Great Southern Development Commission and the beauty of the region, this has been both an enjoyable and very worthwhile educational experience.”

 

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