1. Egerton University; Kenya
2. Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (BOKU University); Austria
3. UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education; The Netherlands
Unsustainable management of natural resources hampers the development of mankind and contributes to the unequal distribution of economic welfare. Pollution, depletion of resources and disintegration of ecological functions are global, regional and local concern. Considering the anticipated economic development and increase in standards of living in developing regions, these issues will become even more urgent in future. Thus, it is not surprising that conservation and wise management of our water resources, coupled with alleviation of poverty and sustainable development are high on the agenda of global concerns. It is widely acknowledged today that to prevent continued degradation of our water resources, interactions between man and the environment have to be sustainable. Sustainability depends on the delicate balance between the use and conservation measures. The challenge to sustainable development then is to stimulate further expansion of living standards worldwide, while minimising and counteracting the negative impacts on the environment.
The above challenges will be highlighted in The Joint Master programme in Limnology and Wetland Management (LWM), which is designed to deepen and extend students‘ pre-vocational academic education, building on the basis provided by a bachelor degree programme and convey fundamental and applied knowledge of aquatic ecosystems (streams/rivers, lakes and wetlands) globally. The joint degree master programme will provide insight into the essential functions and processes of physical, chemical and biotic system components, as well as their interactions in aquatic systems. In addition principles of nutrient dynamics, water quality and habitat characteristics will be highlighted. On completion of the programme the graduates will have acquired skills for sustainable management of water resources.
The aim of the LWM Programme is to provide students and professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute, directly or indirectly, to conservation and wise use, and management of water resources for the benefit of the society. The graduates are equipped to work as lecturers, researchers and advisors in policy matters in freshwater research institutions, universities, consultancy firms, government ministries and lead agencies, private and non-governmental organizations. In addition LWM is geared to produce graduates able to engage in self-employment in water sector; aquaculture, fishermen, consultants among others. The graduates of LWM will;
i) Develop the capacity to carry out scientific and technical research and assessment of environmental issues.
ii) Acquire knowledge to analyse and assess environmental systems and problems.
iii) Be able to propose sustainable solutions to water and related ecosystem problems.
iv) Contribute to the development of policies and strategies for environmental and water resources planning.
To provide scientists and water engineers with knowledge and understanding of the structure and functioning of aquatic and wetland ecosystems, their management and wise use, and interact with stakeholders, managers and policy makers for the development of best practices. After completion of the programme the graduates will be able to;-
1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the physical, chemical and biological process of water systems and socio-economic concepts underlying the functioning and exploitation of aquatic and wetlands systems, and of the complex inter-relationship between protection and wise use of the water resources.
2. Describe the rationale for an integrated and interdisciplinary approach for the sustainable management of water resources.
3. Develop critical thinking, judgements and communication skills through analysing designing and communicating (reports and oral) scientific and technological approaches, concepts and interventions to address environmental problems of freshwater and wetlands systems and their resources.
Admission to the programme is as stipulated in Part 2 of the Education and Examination Regulations 2012 for Joint degree Master programme in Limnology and Wetland Management (Annex 1)
Course Structure and Duration
The joint degree MSc. programme in Limnology and Wetland Management (LWM) will consists of taught part of about 50 weeks followed by an individual Research project of 6-8 months. The taught part will be carried out in Austria, Kenya and The Netherlands. The Research project component will be carried out at one of the partner institution as stipulated in part 6 of the Cooperation Agreement (Annex 2). The programme follows a modular structure, with each module lasting for at least 3 weeks, though it varies depending on the subject. An Examination week is scheduled after second module in which preceding modules are examined in each partnering institution. The Research component will consists of development and defense of research proposal; implementation of the proposed research and, thesis preparation and defense. On successful completion of the programme, the graduates will receive a Joint Degree MSc in Limnology and Wetland Management from the three partner institutions.
Programme duration is 18 months: 12 Months (50 weeks) taught part and 6 months Research Project.
The emphasis of different didactical methods; lectures, practical‘s, field work, group work, reports preparation and presentations, consultancy based skills, data acquisition and management and research proposal development and execution skills integrated in LWM programme will greatly improve the quality of learning, and professional skills development.
The module codes used are: LIWM which stands for ―LImnology and Wetland Management‖ followed by 3 digits.
Digit 1, Indicates the year the module is offered or level of the module.
Digit 2, Indicates the nature or sub-discipline of the course within the discipline and shall be I
interpreted according to the following levels:
Level 0 - Introductory modules
Level 1 – Ecology and ecosystem management modules
Level 2 - Application for environmental quality and livelihoods modules
Level 3 – Practical approach modules; Group work, scientific and research methods, summer school.
Digit 3, is the serial number of individual courses within a particular sub-discipline within the discipline in a sequential order in which the modules are offered during the programme across the three partner institutions.
All examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXIX.
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with in Egerton University Statute XXIX.
To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
The Master of Master Programme in Limnology and Wetland Management degree is not classified in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.