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UNESCO Chair in Water Resources (246), established in 1994 at Omdurman Islamic University (Sudan)

Fields / Disciplines

Water resources.

  • To promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation services in fields related to water resources.

  • To provide study programmes (master and Ph. D. degrees) in the field of water resources.

  • To establish a network of institutions in the countries sharing the same water resources.

Host Institution

Omdurman Islamic University.


Makerere University (Kenya) Website
Gezira University (Sudan). Website
Khartoum University (Sudan). Website
Sudan University for Science & Technology (Sudan). Website
Waghenien University
Other Research and Higher Education Institutions in Africa
Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources (MIWR), Khartoum (Sudan).

Major activities 2004
As a specialized institution with strong linkages to experts in various water related disciplines, UCWR has been able to offer education leading to Postgraduate Diploma, MSc and PhD degrees. Moreover, UCWR offers non-degree training covering a wide spectrum of issues and tools for water resources management.
1.MSc in Water Resources Development and Management
2.MSc in Hydrology
3.MSc by research

The Chair also provides non-degree courses aim at giving civil service workers working with governmental and private sectors, a chance to get acquainted with the current scientific innovations for use in their work areas. These courses have their importance in changing experiences, inoculation of ideas and technology transfer. There are several such courses conducted by UCWR. Some examples are shown in table below.

As the first of its type in the region, a Regional ToT (Training for Trainers) in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) conducted by UCWR in September 2004 has brought together participants from a number of networks and fostered cross networks collaboration. Khartoum region ToT experience has been supported by the UNDP Cap-net, with co-sponsors including UNESCO Cairo Office, UNESCO-IHE, GWA and UCWR

The Chair undertakes a number of research projects in collaboration with several regional and international networks and programmes as well as local institutions and partners.

The biggest specialized library country-wide was established by the UCWR to backup capacity building and research activities.
A computer lab which contains about thirty computers connected by a network and internet was also established to develop E-learning and video conferencing as a first initiative of its kind in the country.

UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Natural Sciences

Progress Report 1999-2000 (short version)
Activities of the UNESCO Chair in Water Resources - More

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