New collaboration between UU Geosciences and IHE Delft

Wilco Hazeleger and Eddy Moors after signing the MoU. Photo: Perro de Jong.
Wilco Hazeleger and Eddy Moors after signing the MoU. Photo: Perro de Jong.

On 15 February, the Faculty of Geosciences of Utrecht University and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education signed a Memorandum of Understanding. This document endorses the desire of the two institutes to cooperate more with each other in education and research.

This collaboration is very valuable. We both have a commonality in the themes we work on, and in our differences we can complement one another. As two education institutes, we can teach the next generation.

Wilco Hazeleger, Dean Faculty of Geosciences

Utrecht University brings knowledge to research and education in the field of terrestrial systems and sustainability. This includes the evolution and surface dynamics of the earth as a system; ecological, economic and social sustainability and its application in policy and politics; and working towards inclusive, resilient and liveable cities.

IHE Delft brings knowledge on themes within water science, management and governance. Among them: sustainable freshwater resources and ecosystems; water management for justice, peace and sustainability, especially water law and diplomacy; integrated, resilient and inclusive land and water use; coastal and urban risk, adaptation and resilience; safe drinking water and sanitation; and knowledge and innovation for sustainable societies.

Interdisciplinarity in our work on water is what drew us to collaborate with Utrecht University. How can we work from academic research towards implementation? I am looking forward to the next steps.

Eddy Moors, Rector IHE Delft

IHE Delft

IHE Delft is the largest international graduate water education institute in the world. Since the start in 1957, more than 25,000 water professionals from 190 countries have taken part in our education and training programmes spanning all water-related fields.

At IHE Delft, we address water and sanitation challenges through education, research and capacity development, at global, regional, national, local and even microscopic scales - the latter in our laboratories. We focus on fields such as social sciences, engineering, digital innovation and more. Our world-class experts teach and research climate change adaptation, governance, water diplomacy, desalination, water supply, wetlands and sustainable hydropower.