Joint Master Program Water Security and Global Change

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Water Security and Global Change

The Joint Master’s program on “Water Security and Global Change”, is truly international as we accept applications from all nationalities and expose them to the learning environment in the Global South and Global North on a pressing and persuasive topic of Water Security.¬† The new Master’s program will combine the expertise of all partners towards an integrated and holistic approach, serving the needs of regional, national, and international stakeholders. Existing modules will provide a baseline for the new program. It will have a modular structure that includes a mobility window for study abroad and options for specializations. Part of the joint effort will be the coordination of student mobility as well as the development of communication-, dissemination- and marketing strategies and their implementation. The courses shall be taught by experts from the respective institutions. Internships and Master theses will be conducted in close cooperation with selected companies, governmental agencies, and NGOs.

Based on a jointly developed and operated curriculum a new study program is set up jointly at three participating (degree-awarding) institutions with two associated partners (UNU Flores and AIT Bangkok) and a joint degree is awarded. The accreditation would be realized through the participating institutions separately. This program will enable the mobility of the enrolled students amongst the 3 universities as a single cohort, where all the enrolled students will commence the academic year at IIT Madras for about 9 months, followed by 5 months at TU Dresden and 5 months at RWTH Aachen and execute the Master’s thesis in any of the above locations for 5 months. According to the proposed curriculum, IIT Madras is offering 5 courses (4 Mandatory and 1 Elective), and TU Dresden and RWTH Aachen are offering 6 courses each (3 Mandatory and 3 Elective courses). The Final semester is dedicated to execution of a Master’s Thesis with advisors from one or more of the partner university.

ABCD-Centre Joint Master Program water security and Global change
CURRICULUM:
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MADRAS
MANDATORY COURSES:
 
1. Physics-Chemical processes for Water &       Wastewater Treatment
 
2. Sustainability in River Basin Management

3. Water, Health and Hygiene
 
4. Water Resources Planning & Management
 
ELECTIVE COURSES:
 
1. Contaminant Transport Modelling
 
2. Ocean Environment policy & Coastal zone Management
 
3. Technology & Sustainable Development
 
4. Coastal Engineering
 
5. Numerical Techniques in Ocean                 Hydrodynamics
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY DRESDEN
MANDATORY COURSES:
 
1. Ground Water
 
2. Urban Water Management
 
3. Hydraulic Engineering
 
ELECTIVE COURSES:
 
1. Climate Systems
 
2. International Water Issues
 
3. Natural Forest Management & Restoration in the Tropics
 
4. Watershed Management
(Modelling HEC, Basement, Habitat)

 

RWTH AACHEN UNIVERSITY
MANDATORY COURSES:
 
1. Climate Adaptation in Coastal & Hydraulic  Engineering
 
2. International Project Management
 
3. Technological Modernization and               Globalization
 
ELECTIVE COURSES:
 
1. Flood Protection
 
2. Environment, Local Economies & Resource Conflict
 
3. Geographic Information System in Water Management I
 
4. Hydrodynamic Simulation
 
5. Seminar on Hydraulic Engineering
 
6. Numerical Modelling in Water Resources Management
 
7. Global changes and Sustainable Development
 
8. Geographical Information Systems in Water Management II
 
9. Flood Risk Management
 
10. Sediment Transport and Morphodynamics
 
11. Industrial Waste Water Treatment
 
12. Sanitary Engineering in Developing Countries
UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSITY FLORES
ELECTIVE COURSES:
 
1. Environmental Perspectives on Resource Nexus
 
2. From Concept to Policy and Practice Impact: Advancing the Resource Nexus       
  1. Understanding Water Systems: Students would gain a deep understanding of the hydrological cycle, the various components of water systems, and how water interacts with the environment, society, and ecosystems.
  2. Global Change Impacts: Explore the effects of global change, including climate change, on water resources and ecosystems. Understand how changes in temperature, precipitation patterns, and sea level rise can affect water availability and quality.
  3. Water Policy and Governance: Learn about the policies, regulations, and governance structures that govern water resources at various scales, from local to international, and how this impacts water security.
  4. Water Quality and Pollution: Study the sources of water pollution, its impacts on human health and the environment, and strategies for monitoring and improving water quality.
  5. Water Resource Management: Develop skills in managing and optimizing water resources, including strategies for sustainable water use, water conservation, and integrated water resource management.
  6. Risk Assessment and Resilience: Understand how to assess and mitigate water-related risks, such as floods, droughts, and water scarcity, and build resilience in water systems.
  7. Interdisciplinary Approaches: Learn how to collaborate across disciplines, integrating knowledge from environmental science, engineering, policy, economics, and social sciences to address water security challenges.
  8. Research and Analysis: Develop research skills and analytical abilities to investigate complex water-related problems and propose evidence-based solutions.
  9. Ethical and Social Considerations: Consider the ethical, social, and equity aspects of water security, recognizing that access to clean water is a fundamental human right.
  10. Communication and Leadership: Improve communication and leadership skills, essential for working in interdisciplinary teams and advocating for water security policies and practices.

1. Explain, discuss, and use fundamental scientific knowledge about water security, water resource management, safe water supply, water treatment and climate adaption measures.
2. Design and conduct scientific water engineering experiments, process the collected data, and analyse and interpret the processed results.
3. Develop and use mathematical models to simulate, process, and interpret water resource management data and solve related problems.
4. Perform a literature study, identify a knowledge gap in a topic in water security and global change, formulate a research question, and build on existing knowledge in relevant fields that are required to solve the stakeholders’ problems.
5. Improve methodologies for water security, ecosystems and climate adaption that drive technological innovations to improve the responsible and sustainable use of the Earth’s resource water.
6. Observe, characterize, and explain Earth system processes related to application areas of water security and global change.
7. Challenge existing knowledge, show a constructive critical attitude, propose novel and creative solutions, and exercise independent judgment.
8. Use written and oral communication skills to effectively exchange information and ideas with scientists and engineers, the public, and other stakeholders in the field of water management and global change.
9. Initiate, design, plan, and monitor a project to meet the requirements set by the stakeholder.
10. Work effectively in teams of diverse expertise, talents, skills, characters, and cultures.
11. Acquire new knowledge and skills to continue operating effectively.
12. Uphold and evaluate ethical standards for scientific integrity and evaluate societal and economic trade-offs, and relevant ethical issues when developing technological innovations.