African Centre of Excellence for Water Management
This project is designed to establish an African Center of Excellence for Water Management (ACEWM) in Addis Ababa University (AAU).
The objectives are
to strengthen AAU’s teaching and research capacity to train critical mass of human capacity to address national and regional water development needs in a holistic, integrative and transformative approach
to enhance the capacity of faculty and students to conduct state-of-the-art research; and produce trained scientists and engineers to support national Growth and Transformation Plan (GTPII) and regional Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
to provide training and support for the development and adoption of best-practices in teaching, research, innovation and academic management through regional and international partnerships, coupled with mobilization of African Diaspora scientists
The ACEWM will coordinate the training of a critical mass of Africans through short courses and MSc/PhD degree programs that will be supplemented by state-of-the-art laboratory techniques, field–based practical studies, and internships. ACEWM faculty and students will also engage in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research that will address African needs. These regional research efforts will be carried out in close association with ACEWM collaborators at internationally renowned universities and research institutions. ACEWM faculty and students will visit those collaborators in the USA, Europe and South Africa to engage in advanced research and training.
The Institute of Sanitary Engineering and the Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management at BOKU are collaborators of the ACEWM for water supply and sanitation, and allpied limnology, respectively.
Developing Curricula for environmental safety and biodiversity CONservation in SE Asia
CONSEA aims to ensure Biodiversity Conservation & Environmental sustainability around the Mekong basin through the development of an effective education programme at the Master and PhD levels as a collaborative effort between countries in Southeast Asia (Cambodia and Vietnam) and Europe. In this way, CONSEA seeks to support the modernization of the research and teaching in the Asian partner countries and improve skills by offering training to staff of the participating Cambodian and Vietnamese universities.
To develop/reform a best-practice curriculum of Master Degree (MS) and PhD programmes in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Environment in SEA
To educate students with essential knowledge, transferable skills and experience via the developed MS program
To improve SEA educational system through high technology teaching equipment
To transfer the best practices of Biodiversity conservation technology to Stakeholder/Managers of the environment
Internationalisation of Higher Education: International Joint Master Degree Programme in Limnology & Wetland Management
The sustainable management of water resources requires a comprehensive understanding of aquatic ecosystems and its services. The project is a direct contribution to strengthening the necessary research and education capacity in developing countries, with a focus on Eastern Africa.
The project is aligning the BOKU development/performance plan with activities/strategies of the Austrian Development Cooperation, which enables the implementation of a high-quality joint-degree Master’s programme. The "International Joint-Degree Master’s Programme in Limnology & Wetland Management (LWM)" is being implemented by BOKU, UNESCO-IHE (Netherlands) and Egerton University (Kenya).