Oregon State University (OSU) in the USA, has embarked on a joint education programme in Water Cooperation and Diplomacy with IHE in Delft, The Netherlands and the University for Peace in Costa Rica. The goal of this new initiative is to broaden the scope of approach to conflict and diplomacy, provide a more theoretical dimension to conflict, engage multi-level scales of conflict dimensions and strengthen skills through highly experiential learning opportunities.

Key strengths of the programme include the following:
  • Exposure to theory followed by practical exposure to contemporary issues through field work at different scales

  • Strong theoretical foundation in diplomacy and conflict studies

  • Particular emphasis on conflict from different points of view

  • Foundation in how to understand the nexus of environment and development: how to integrate water-related issues in a broader environment and development framework

  • Focus on practical skills-training for actual dispute resolution processes

  • Collaborative and interdisciplinary project work

  • Field experience in both the Global South and Global North contexts

  • Extended networking opportunities from different but complementary fields (water-oriented experts, and peace and conflict experts)

About the Institutions

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education (IHE Delft) carries out educational, research and capacity development activities in the broad fields of water engineering, water management, sanitation and governance. It is the largest international graduate education institute in the field of water.

University for Peace (UPEACE) is a global leader in research and education related to peace, security and conflict and will take the lead in training students in the underlying theories of and approaches to peace, security and conflict. Through this unique partnership, UPEACE will provide a broader historical, legal and theoretical context to water conflict. UPEACE's geographical setting in the Global South will also expose students to water-related conflicts at different scales through field-based study and research.

Oregon State University has a strong graduate program in Water Resources that will provide students with access to a broad range of courses and faculty expertise, and the opportunity to earn a certificate in Water Conflict Management and Transformation (WCMT). The coursework at OSU also offers a field-based component, addressing water conflicts ranging from the local to the international scale.

Learn more about our new Water Cooperation and Diplomacy Joint Master's Programme.