Today we celebrate World Water Day, and if you know anything about me, it's that I'm normally disinclined to celebrate special 'days'. Every day is WWD to me.
But this is not just your regular WWD - it's a special World Water Day. We here at Oregon State University, along with our friends at UNESCO-IHE (the Netherlands) and the University for Peace (Costa Rica) are celebrating the roll-out of our new joint Master's programme in Water Cooperation and Peace (there will be a more formal event at the upcoming World Water Forum).
Check the flyer:
Here is the blurb from the flyer:
Water management is conflict management. Regardless of the scale, ensuring that the needs of the people and ecosystems that rely on this critical resource are met effectively requires comprehensive understanding of both water science and water diplomacy, including dispute mitigation, management, and resolution. To address these needs, the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in the Netherlands, the University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica, and Oregon State University (OSU) in the USA, have embarked on a joint
education programme in Water Coooperation and Peace. The goal of this new initiative is to broaden the scope of approach to conflict and peace, provide a more theoretical dimension to conflict, engage multi-level scales
of conflict dimensions and strengthen skills through highly experiential learning opportunities.
With a launch slated for summer 2015, the programme will provide tools and training in an international setting, with a unique opportunity to undertake coursework and hands-on experiences in Costa Rica, The Netherlands and the United States. Participants will be exposed to case studies involving diverse challenges and contexts at different scales.
Key strengths of the programme include the following:
Exposure to theory followed by practical exposure to contemporary issues through field work at different scales
Strong theoretical foundation in peace and conflict studies
Particular emphasis on conflict from different points of view
Foundation in how to understand the nexus of environment and development: how to integrate
water-related issues in a broader environment and development framework
Focus on practical skills-training for actual dispute resolution processes
Collaborative and interdisciplinary project work
Field experience in both the Global South and Global North contexts
Extended networking opportunities from different but complementary fields (water-oriented experts, and peace and conflict experts)
Students will be able to choose from a project and thesis option, with further opportunities to specialize based on skills and future career goals. Students will be awarded an MA and an MSc in Water Cooperation and Peace, and have the option to continue on at the University of Oregon for a Juris Doctor or Master of Law.
Zaki Shubber - Z.Shubber@unesco-ihe.org
Thomas Klompmaker - email@example.com
Brian Dowd-Uribe - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Santelmann - Mary.Santelmann@oregonstate.edu
This will be fun - I am looking forward to it. I will be responsible for the OSU summer field course. It'll be taught this summer, but the international students won't take it until 2016 so I will offer it to our OSU students who will help me develop it. We'll likely work in our natural laboratory, the binational and interstate Columbia River basin.
Gees, I might never retire!
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” - William Butler Yeats