The International WaterCentre (IWC) was founded in 2005 as a joint venture of four highly-ranked Australian universities: The University of Queensland, Griffith University, Monash University and The University of Western Australia. IWC's flagship program is the Master of Integrated Water Management (also available as a Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma). While students enrol at The University of Queensland (UQ), modules are jointly delivered by industry experts and lecturers from IWC's four founding member universities. The program aims at building future leaders in water management by giving participants the skills they need to advance their career in the water sector and create innovative and sustainable solutions to global water challenges. It is one of the few courses in the world that takes a truly transdisciplinary approach to water management in both developed and developing country contexts. The program uses innovative and experiential education approaches including many field trips, problem-based learning projects, workshops and a final semester project (professional placement or research project).
International students come to Australia to study the program full-time (1.5 years) while domestic students can also choose to study the program part-time/distance (3 years). The program prepares students to management positions in the public, private and non-governmental sectors, international development agencies, consultancies, private water management companies, utilities, or policy and planning bodies at various levels of government.
Integrated water management
acknowledges the environmental, ecological and human processes that water undergoes from catchment to coast
clarifies and manages the multiple values of water
considers the impacts of decisions systemically across environment, politics, law, science, culture, engineering, economics, health and society.