The institute Unesco-IHE welcomed 265 Masters of Science students, mainly from developing countries and countries in transition, during the official opening ceremony on 18 October.

The Rector, professor András Szöllösi-Nagy, addressed the participants in the auditorium in the presence of many high-level guests, members of the diplomatic community, staff and participants.

Agriculture and water efficiency
Honorary speaker, Mr. Pasquale Steduto, Deputy Director of the Land and Water Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, spoke of the relationship between water and food: the linkages between agricultural water use efficiency and water productivity, with a focus of crops water requirements, their yield response to water and associate modelling development under water scarcity conditions.

The official ceremony was preceded by a guided city tour, and followed by the annual 'Experience the Netherlands' reception.

Rotary Scholars
This year also the first batch of Rotary scholars start their academic programme at the Institute. The Rotary Foundation (TRF) provides grants to Rotary Clubs and districts to select and sponsor eight students each year for scholarships.

The entrance of the Unesco-IHE institute in Delft.

TThree academic departments represent UNESCO-IHE’s main themes, which reflect today’s global water challenges: water security, environmental integrity, urbanisation, water management and governance, and information and communication systems.

Largest water education facility in the world
The institute is based in Delft, the Netherlands, and is owned by all Unesco member states. It is established as a Unesco ‘category I’ institute jointly by Unesco and the Government of the Netherlands.

Unesco-IHE is the largest water education facility in the world, and the only institution in the UN system authorized to confer accredited MSc degrees.

This news item was originally published on the website of Unesco-IHE.
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