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M.Sc. in Integrated Water Resources Management IWRM
Cologne University of Applied Sciences & University of Jordan


Address Institute for Technology and Resources Management, in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT), Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Betzdorfer Straße 2, 50679 Köln, Germany
Tel. No. ++49-221-8275-2111
Fax. No. ++49-221-8275-2736
E-mail address
Course M.Sc. Integrated Water Resources Management IWRM
Subjects studied Basic Modules:
- Water Science
- Principles of IWRM
- Water Economics
- Management
- Water Governance
- Water System Management
- International Cooperation
- Team Project
Elective Modules:
- Irrigated Agriculture
- Water Supply
- Sanitation and Public Health
Demand Management
- Water Conservation
- Water Allocation and Pricing
- GIS & Remote Sensing
- Environmental Impact Assessment & Strategic Environmental Assessment
- Decision Support Systems & Modelling
Type of course Full-time
Length of course 3 Semesters.
1st semester in Amman, Jordan.
2nd semester in Cologne, Germany.
3rd semester master thesis abroad.
Date of commencement Application Deadline March 31st. The Programme starts in September
Class size 20
Accommodation Not available, support provided to find accommodation
Student grants / financial assistance Scholarships from DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) available for German and Arab applications
Top recruiters of our graduates Government Institutions (Ministries, Water Authorities)
International Organisations
Engineering Companies
Admissions requirements There is a set of minimum requirements that participants have to fulfil. These minimum requirements are:
- Bachelor degree (minimum grade "good")
- a minimum of 2 years professional experience is advisable
- English proficiency (TOEFL iBT 80 or IELTS Band 6)
- demonstrate a relation to the water sector - either through the previous studies or jobs
Student profile 1. Countries of origin - European Union, Northern Africa, Middle East, Gulf Countries
2. Ratio Men: Women - 50/50
3. Age Range - 25 to 35 years
4. Average Age - 28
5. Average Work Experience - 2 years
Contact person for application Jörn Trappe
Course director Cologne: Prof. Dr. Lars Ribbe, Amman: Prof. Dr. Manar Fayyad


About the Master's Program in Integrated Water Resources Management IWRM

Water resources, indispensable basis for development, food and health, become ever scarcer and more polluted. The concept of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) offers solutions to the water crisis by connecting water to other vital resources. Accordingly, IWRM regards the whole water cycle together with human interventions as the basis for sustainable water management. As it is a relatively new concept, there is a high demand for experts adequately trained in the concept of IWRM. Next to the technical and managerial skills related to water resources these experts also require knowledge of project funding and international cooperation.

In particular for bilateral projects between Germany and Arab countries there is a need for experts who are skilled in intercultural communication, being familiar with the culture, language and politics of both sides. The MSc »IWRM« has the objective to equip such experts with the necessary knowledge and skills and to promote the concept of IWRM in the context of German-Arab cooperation.“We, the Amman-Cologne School of IWRM, empower professionals to manage water systems sustainably."

The bicultural master program IWRM is conducted by Cologne University of Applied Sciences (CUAS) and the University of Jordan (UJ), with primary responsibility on the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) in Cologne and the Water and Environment Research and Study Center (WERSC) in Amman.

About the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT)
and the Water & Environment Research and Study Center WERSC

The changing conditions of a globalized world require flexibility and high quality in both teaching and research in higher education. The expansion of international scientific-technical cooperation is the appropriate answer to this challenge. The Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) promotes this process by providing instruction, research and technology transfer services. The ITT sees itself as an interdisciplinary, intercultural and international interface with the goal of enabling people of varying technical and cultural backgrounds the capacity for wide ranging cooperation and to promote cooperation at the university and post-graduate level. Via interdisciplinary courses and applied research in cooperation with partners in both Germany and throughout the world the ITT meets these goals. The Water & Environment research and Study Center WERSC of the University of Jordan was established in 1982. WERSC is an independent unit that is directly linked to the university president. A board of directors that consists of eleven members chosen by the council of deans, from inside and out side the university supervises the center's functions and budget and evaluates its performance. The center plays a leading role in developing and implementing national plans to develop and manage Jordan's water resources. The center directs its activities to irrigation management, low cost wastewater treatment, reuse of treated wastewater in irrigation, water hydrology, water conservation in arid areas, water quality, water harvesting and artificial recharge.


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