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Unique approach

Custom designed program

In 2004, a group of Australian universities came together to create a Masters program of a level and standard that individual institutions working on their own could never achieve. Each university brings its unique strengths and resources in integrated water management education, producing a suite of postgraduate programs that are custom designed to provide the best education and experiences for students in this field.


Integrated, transdisciplinary learning

The challenges facing water managers across the world increasingly require leaders able to cross social, environmental and technological boundaries, to combine disciplinary knowledge and to use theory to inform effective practice.

The Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) creates water leaders by drawing on international teaching and research from many fields to provide a transdisciplinary, whole-of-water-cycle approach.

We give students the skills to consider the impacts of decisions systemically across environment, politics, law, science, culture, engineering, economics, health and society.

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Focus on leadership

To meaningfully co-construct and resolve wicked problems, effective water leadership requires the development of T-shaped professionals.

T-shaped professionals thumbnailThis combines the deep specialist disciplinary or functional knowledge that a leader needs (which can be imagined as an ‘I’), with a broad knowledge of other disciplines, organisational functions and the institutions in which they operate (which can be imagined as the cross bar on a ‘T’).

Effective water policy and management organisations will need to be composed of mixtures of I-shaped professionals providing deep, technical and specialist skills, with T-shaped professionals providing integration across functions and disciplines.

Read More: “A T-Shaped future for water professionals?” by Dr Brian S McIntosh and Dr Andre Taylor - 2012

Professional relevance

The program is created and delivered by a combination of academic and industry-based professionals, giving it strong relevance in theoretical and practical skills.

As an international company, IWC provides networking opportunities for students where possible in the form of dinners, symposiums and conferences, industry and academic visits and other formal and informal events.

Ongoing networking and learning is provided in the IWC Alumni Network, an active, world-wide group of integrated water managers from many cultural and professionals backgrounds.

Graduate Diploma and Masters students also receive an IWC Professional Development Grant (AU$1,000) towards their final project or professional development.


Continuous improvement

An External Advisory Panel (EAP) consisting of key industry representatives from Australian NGOs, utilities and Government Agencies acts as a feedback body, to ensure the continual improvement of IWC postgraduate programs.

The EAP meets once a year to provide advice on the strategic direction of IWC programs and ensure competitiveness and relevance to wider global water sector issues.

> Read more about the EAP members

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