Water connects all cultures and communities, across all scales—from wells to watersheds, rain to rivers. Managing water is complex and requires so much more than policy—it takes people, diplomacy and careful consideration of the history and culture surrounding this precious resource.
Designed for both professionals and graduate students, this Master of Science programme in Water Cooperation and Diplomacy (WCD) builds on this philosophy and encourages a broadened approach to water conflict and peacebuilding.
Through on-site experience at three academic institutions in three different countries – the University for Peace in Costa Rica, the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in the Netherlands and Oregon State University in the United States.
Students develop a global context for water diplomacy and strengthen skills through highly experiential learning opportunities. Upon graduation, Alumni of the programme create a community of peers to help transform conversations toward building creative and peaceful solutions to water conflict worldwide.
The programme provides tools and training in international settings, with a unique opportunity to undertake coursework and hands-on experiences in Costa Rica, the Netherlands, and the United States. Participants engage with cutting edge research and practice in the field of water cooperation and diplomacy.
Key strengths of the programme
The programme was developed to focus on the following areas of strength among the institutional partners:
Upon successful completion of the programme, students are awarded an M.A. in Environment, Development and Peace from the University for Peace, an M.Sc. from IHE-Delft in Water Cooperation and Diplomacy, and an M.S. in Water Resources Policy and Management from Oregon State University.