The regions of the Mediterranean basin, including Palestine, as well as the regions of southern Europe, are among the regions that face difficulties related to the quality and quantity of “water”.
In these regions, as in the rest of the world, climate change is expected to negatively affect the quantity and quality of water resources. Globally, regional and national studies have shown an increase in average temperature extremes as well as changing precipitation patterns.
This factor, in addition to the pressures on demand rates resulting from the population increase in Palestine, will lead to a significant reduction in surface and ground water.
Therefore, these areas, including the Palestinian state, need professionals with experience in how to conserve fresh water, in addition to creating alternative water sources and searching for Mechanisms to rationalize their consumption or reuse them with the latest technologies, taking into account the effects of potential global change in the climate, as graduates of this specialization are expected to contribute to strengthening decision-making mechanisms in government and private agencies in addition to strengthening water resources management plans. Given the urgent need for new innovative tools and methods to be used in order to achieve this goal, the program, through its establishment in cooperation with European countries participating in the Innovation in Water Education Program funded by Erasmus+, entails developing new educational plans that depend on the experiences of European
institutions in the field, both in the field Developing these educational plans or teaching them remotely for the students of the program in a way that gives them the appropriate global skills, which makes them more attractive for employment by government and private institutions related to the water sector, where it is expected that the students of the program will acquire new skills in water science innovations and solve its various problems, whether through cooperation and exchange Students and academics directly with partner European universities, or through distance learning technologies, in which international experts will participate to provide students with these necessary skills accordingly.
This program is offered with a distinct geographical distribution that enables students from the northern West Bank to enroll in the program at the campus of Palestine Technical University – Kadoorie, in addition to students from the southern region of Palestine who will be able to enroll in the program at the campus of Al-Quds University Abu Dis. Teaching will be joint and face-to-face on the campuses of the two universities, with the exchange of lectures through the education laboratories, which were previously equipped through the European project for this purpose.
The Master’s Program in Water Science Innovations targets students who wish to work as high skilled pioneers in water technologies and in the fields of advanced and modern research in its technologies. Students will be introduced to the latest technologies and innovations in water sciences, methods of preventing and remediation of water pollution, in addition to acquiring new skills in advanced programs of water simulation and modelling. Such new technologies will providing students with scientific and accurate knowledge that enables them to produce and activate more of these technologies in cooperation with European and Arab countries whom have expertise in that field. For this purposes, teaching, research and technological experiences will be exchanged with the best European institutions in water and its technologies through giving students online lectures by those experts, in addition to finding cooperation and exchange mechanisms between the two Palestinian universities and European partner universities through various European exchange programs.
Due to this international exchange, the program will ensure that graduates acquire practical, intellectual skills, or computer simulation methods, in addition to acquiring the necessary technological skills to stimulate their new innovative ideas in cooperation with local and international institutions related to the water sector.
For program admission Student have to be:
- Holding a Bachelor degree in Science or Engineer in the following majors: Environment, Water, Geology and Hydrogeology, Earth Sciences, Chemistry, Civil Engineer.
- Have an average of good or equivalent.
- Pass personal interview by committee from both universities.
The gradated students from this program will serve the country in many positions, e.g.:
- Wastewater treatment technology expert
- Developer of Wastewater treatment techniques
- Groundwater monitoring expert
- Climate change and water resources modeler
- Water quality monitoring expert
- Water economist
- Water reuse expert
- Saline and treated water reuse expert
- Desalination expert
- Water policy expert
- Researchers (in general).