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News The MSc IWRM: A bi-cultural Master program

Water resources, indispensable basis for development, food, and health, become ever scarcer and more polluted.

The concept of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) offers solutions to the water crisis in linking water to other vital resources and viewing the whole water cycle together with human interventions as the basis for sustainable water management. As it is a relatively new concept there is a high demand for experts adequately trained in the concept of IWRM. Next to the technical and managerial knowledge related to water resources these experts should also have knowledge of the practices of project funding and international cooperation.

For bilateral projects between Germany and Arab countries there is a need for experts being familiar with the culture, language and politics of both sides and are skilled in intercultural communication.

The MSc »IWRM« has the objective to form such experts and to promote the concept of IWRM in the context of German-Arab cooperation.

Application deadline extended till March 01st 2010 (postal stamp)


  • courses and technical field visits on the latest concepts and technologies of water management
  • Living and learning in an Arab country and in Germany
  • Getting first hand advice from high level professionals and entrepreneurs in the Arab and German water sector
  • training on project management and leadership qualifications
  • information on practice and projects of international cooperation
  • scholarships


In order to participate you should
  • be highly motivated to learn and work in a bicultural (German-Arab) environment,
  • have a professional or academic background related to the water sector,
  • be fluent in English (TOEFL 550 point or IELTS Band 6),
  • be willing to take up leadership positions in the future,


  • - excellent career opportunities in international cooperation and development assistance
  • - working for Arab or German companies in the expanding business sector "water management".
  • - leadership positions in the public and private water sector
  • - become part of a German-Arab network of excellence on IWRM

The overall objective is to educate experts in the field of Integrated Water Resource Management who are high on demand for leading positions in the water sector and are able to manage complex projects for international institutions and companies operating in the Arabic region.

Target Group
The ideal student holds at minimum a bachelor degree and has some working experience at an institution or company in the water sector. He or she should be fluent in English and have good communicative skills. In addition, participants should be highly motivated to contribute to solving the water crisis and to the development in the Arab region in general. Furthermore the participants should aspire to make a career in the international water sector. Very important for German and Arab participants is a keen interest in the other culture and language.
The participants may come from a variety of backgrounds: engineering, natural sciences, economics, social sciences.

Teaching contents and aims
The studies cover a period of three semesters. The first semester takes place in Amman, second semester in Cologne. The third semester is dedicated to the master thesis.
The didactic concept consists of two components: a technical and a social. The technical component provides the participants with the relevant and up to date knowledge necessary to take decisions towards a sustainable management of water resources. The social component is equally important and aims at equipping the participants with the communicative, intercultural and managerial skills necessary to take up leadership positions in the water sector and to work effectively in the framework of international cooperation.
In class, modern methods of teaching should be applied such as problem based learning, interactive teaching, concept mapping and computer based learning.

The participants receive a double degree Master of Science »Integrated Water Resources Management«, issued by the Cologne University of Applied Sciences and the University of Jordan.

Contact information ITT - Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Köln - Germany / WERSC - Water and Environment Research and Study Center at the University of Jordan, Amman - Jordan (email: ;
Phone: +49 (0)221 8275-2765 ; Fax: +49 (0)221 8275-2736 / +962 6 5355000 ; Fax: +962 6 5355560
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Source of information ITT - Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences
Keyword(s) IWRM
Geographical coverage International, Germany, Jordan
News date 04/12/2009
Working language(s) ENGLISH