In collaboration between the French-Azerbaijani University (UFAZ) in Baku, Azerbaijan, and the International Office for Water (OiEau), a lecture was held on 4 December as part of the EU4Environment Water and Data Programme. The audience consisted of 25 students of different levels, mainly Masters students (8 women, 17 men), and three teachers.
The lecture, entitled "Water Management, a Big-Picture Issue", provided a holistic view of water management beyond the confines of a purely technical curriculum. It aimed to broaden the students' understanding of water-related issues by exploring the integrated approach to water resources management, e.g. the equitable management of water for different needs: households (drinking water, hygiene), agriculture, industry, energy and ecosystems. A number of questions were raised about the organisations advocating for this comprehensive vision and transboundary water challenges.
The session was timely, as it coincided with UFAZ's initiative to launch a dedicated Master's programme focused on water resources in the coming academic year. This is a crucial step in fostering a new generation of professionals equipped with a nuanced understanding of the complexities of water management. The lecture, delivered by Philippe Seguin, an engineer and project manager at OiEau helped to shape a more holistic perspective among future water professionals.
- Download the presentation: "Water management, a big-picture issue" - Philippe Seguin, Engineer and Project Manager at the International Office for Water (OiEau).
Credit picture: UFAZ