July 2015: Improving Water Resource Management in Afghanistan: 30 Engineers Enrolled in Master’s Degree Programs at the Asian Institute of Technology

The Cowater-led Capacity Building component of the Western Basins Water Resources Management Project (CB-WBWRMP) has been operating for the past three years to increase the capacity of personnel engaged in the oversight and management of Afghanistan’s water resources and agricultural development.

The Project, financed by ADB and managed by Cowater, recently mobilized 30 (24 male and 6 female) engineers and associated professionals from the Government of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) and the University of Herat to attend the Asian Institute of Technology where the students will be completing advanced academic degrees in Water Engineering and Management, Agricultural Systems and Engineering, and Management. This post-graduate training, funded by DFATD, is expected to strengthen and expand the knowledge, experience and professional competence of the participants resulting in improved technical and administrative management of water and agricultural resources in the Western Basins of Afghanistan.

Since 1959 the Asian Institute of Technology has been a leader in postgraduate research, promoting technological change and sustainable development in the Asian-Pacific region graduating more than 19 000 students from over 90 countries. Their higher education, research, and outreach programs actively engage public and private sector partners throughout the region with over 300 partners and 450 sponsored research projects

Students are currently completing a 10 week bridging program; an intensive English language and academic preparation program. Once complete, students will then begin a two year, 48 credit, Master’s Degree program with data collection and thesis research focused on water resource management challenges and opportunities in Afghanistan.