Educating future water leaders through Rotary’s partnership with UNESCO-IHE

30 Mar

Service in Action

By Ir. H.J. Kloosterman, Rotary Host Area Coordinator of the UNESCO-IHE Scholarship program

My Rotary life suddenly changed in late 2011 when then Trustee of the Rotary Foundation, Steve Brown, dropped me an email saying he was coming to the Netherlands to talk to UNESCO-IHE. I knew Steve from his involvement in efforts to start Rotary in Afghanistan and the Sultanate of Oman (where I lived at the time), and now I suddenly found out that Steve was involved in setting up a partnership between The Rotary Foundation and UNESCO-IHE, the world’s largest postgraduate water education facility, located in Delft, Netherlands.

At that time I knew very little about UNESCO-IHE, but quickly learned about this vibrant and multi-cultural centre of excellence on water education. What struck me here was not only Rotary’s commitment to provide funding to support UNESCO-IHE students in their 18 month graduate studies in Water…

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