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Academic Programmes

The thesis projects that the students will complete have been identified by the Academic and Scientific Advisory Committee (ASAC) because of their relevance in advancing the scientific agenda of the Southern African region. Student research will be supervised by faculty at NUST as well as by an international team of German and Southern African experts.

To prepare students to carry out the research, the students will engage in common blocks of coursework to deepen their familiarity with IWRM concepts and advanced technical tools. The course of study will also include a research period in Germany.

PhD in Engineering (Water and Environment)
PhD in Natural Resources Sciences
PhD in Spatial Sciences
PhD in Informatics

Short Courses Development

SGSP-IWRM will implement short, intensive and highly specialized courses which are aimed at upgrading and refreshing the knowledge and skills of early/mid-career professional and senior experts to meet some of the specified needs in SASSCAL countries. The short courses are meant for professionals – or groups of professionals – with a specific area of interest and a limited amount of time.

The focus and content of short courses will vary from specialised and technical matters to challenges and approaches in management/governance as articulated in the NAR.


The objective of the SGSP – IWRM is the development and deployment of an innovative and excellent regional collaborative education and research programme at PhD degree level complemented by selected tailor-made short courses for decision makers and industry, as well as a curriculum for a new regional PhD qualification in IWRM.