The master's program “Integrated Water Management” builds upon knowledge acquired by students during their undergraduate studies of Engineering, Agricultural Sciences, Natural Sciences and Earth Sciences. The focus lies on interdisciplinary approaches to planning and steering processes of water management. Participants will be equipped with knowledge of technical water systems and versed in relevant cultural, political, legal, ecological and economic questions that have an impact on the distribution of water and water management in Central Asia. Dealing with the resource water increasingly calls for project-oriented, multifunctional and inter- and transdisciplinary competences. Water management can therefore not solely be understood as a technical task but has to develop regional governance concepts for an optimised steering of water use and water distribution.
The program's objective is to train specialists who will be able to help in solving Central Asia's water problems on a regional and supra-regional scale. An integral part of the program is dedicated to analysis of possible solutions to comparable water issues in other regions of the world. The vast experience of Germany and other countries in the field of efficient water use will be considered in the course of studies. Interactive teaching methods and a high ratio of self-study are a central element of the course.
KGU cooperates closely with Freie Universität Berlin, a renowned German university with extensive experience in conducting interdisciplinary water related studies in Central Asia. In addition, experts from German organizations in Central Asia such as Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) which is responsible for overseeing development work, and local institutions like the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, will contribute their practical know-how. Students will thus have the opportunity to start networking with the relevant organisations for their career early during their studies.