InowAsia: Development of innovative multilevel formation programs for the new water leading professionals in South East Asia
By focusing on the training for water resource management, Inow Asia will directly contribute to the Goal 6 of ONU sustainable development goals (SDG) “Clean, accessible water for all”, but also to Goal 4 “Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to creating sustainable development”.
There is a crucial need in South East Asia to develop innovative multilevel formation programs that can train new water leading professionals prepared with a cross training educational background and personal skills demanded in the new water management era, which is based on:
1) an integrated management of water resources at catchment scale,2) deal with high uncertain climatic predictions that foresee more frequent extreme events (floods and droughts), and 3) Meet basic water needs at the whole country.
Inow Asia will strengthen the cooperation between multidisciplinary expertise around water management that will permit a more comprehensive and sustainable strategy for learners and trainees to address the water resources targets in the future, including personal competences, and facilitate the incorporation of young water professional into the labour market.
The aim of INOWASIA project is to create an International multilevel network of postgraduate students, professors and water professionals to reinforce postgraduate curricula in critical economic aspects related to water in South East of Asia, including innovative knowledge.
The other more specific objectives of the project are:
- Develop, implement and certify the basic and advanced water knowledge modules in the existing postgraduate programs in PC HEIs, and foster the training of academic teachers in the field of innovative and sustainable water resources management.
- Promote and implement the use of the problem-based learning methodology illustrated with local study cases, as well as innovative tools in postgraduate water courses, including specific formation for academics.
- Define Water Living Labs in each PC HEI, planning the implementation of real-life water demo sites and creating a multi-stakeholder virtual network.
- Foster entrepreneur and business culture among the students through field trips, short visits to success cases among local initiatives, and long stay internships in water companies and administrations.
- Create an international multilevel network of students, academics, professionals and stakeholders in the field of water resources to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.