Universities involved

The master programme is run by the participating universities, with the Executive Management providing a supporting and coordinating role

The Professional Training Programme is based upon the wide diversity of human resources available in the membership and from the SADC‐WaterNet Professorial Chairs, with member institutions coordinating the delivery of courses and members’ staff providing the majority of trainers, facilitators and resource persons.

The core modules are hosted at the University of Zimbabwe and the University of Dar es Salaam. The existing seven modules are offered by the University of Zimbabwe, the University of Dar es Salaam, the University of Botswana, the University of Malawi, the Polytechnic of Namibia, the University of Western Cape and the University of KwaZulu‐Natal.

At the same time, the options are embedded within local Master programmes at all of the host institutions, except for the University of Botswana and University of Malawi. This has contributed, and will further contribute to the sustainability of both the WaterNet Master programme and local Master programmes.

The WaterNet Master programme is in the first instance the responsibility of the seven universities that host it and they play the major role in delivery, as well as registering students and awarding degrees. The participation of all WaterNet members in staff exchange is also fundamental to the success of the programme: few countries in SADC have all the high level expertise available to teach all areas of IWRM, but this capacity does exist at the highest level spread across the region, so the programme calls upon the expertise of all the members.


Furthermore, as there is one guest lecturer (mainly from other WaterNet members) for every module, students gain knowledge from experts from a wide variety of disciplinary, institutional and national contexts, and come to understand far better how IWRM can work in many different countries of the region. This enriches their experience beyond the technical knowledge imparte