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Master program in environmental science and sustainable development with focus on water management for Uzbekistan higher education
Start date: Oct 15, 2012,

The UZWATER project will develop a base for universities in Uzbekistan to address the difficult environmental situation in the country, especially for water scarcity and environmental protection, by master level education. The eight universities in the project will establish centers for studying environmental protection and sustainable development, each one with their specific profile, to address local and regional needs in cooperation with Uzbekistan civil society. Universities of different directions and profile, technical, agricultural and classical, and universities in all regions of the country, including the disaster area in the Aral Sea region, take part.The universities will - offer a Master Program, compliant with the Bologna process, to give students competence, skills and professional capacity to work with environmental and sustainability issues in both private and public sectors. - give students competence to address and solve practical problems.- use modern teaching methods using a web platform and information and communications technologies, and distance methods for best results.- work on problems of water scarcity, water use efficiency, river basin management, water conflicts and diplomacy, and water use in arid areas, and establish one national centre on sustainable water management.- offer all sectors of the Uzbekistan society to study sustainable development, and establish one national center for Education for Sustainable Development ESD.- invite stakeholders in Uzbekistan society to use the environmental and sustainability study centers as a service to solve their problems, take part in continuing education, and start applied protects with master level students.- The UZWATER project will organize several outreach events and a final conference to disseminate results of project, reach out to all Central Asian republics, stimulate international cooperation, and start discussions on the new role and responsibilities of modern universities.

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