MSc Programmes
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Education and
Training Guide 2020

10 Reasons
    to Study at IHE Delft

    1.    More than 60 years of experience in graduate water education
    2.    Close ties to the UN system
    3.    Fully accredited programmes
    4.    Gateway to Dutch water know-how
    5.    Learner-centred, active learning                               MEET OUR STUDENTS
    6.    Personal guidance and mentoring
    7.    Internationally renowned lecturers and professors
    8.    A truly international environment
    9.    Live and study in a vibrant city in the heart of Europe
    10.   Increase career prospects and become part of the largest
          global water alumni network

Graduate education
at IHE Delft is science-
based and highly
relevant for those
interested in water
and development.

                           WELCOME TO IHE DELFT

                           The theme of UN World Water Day 2020 is Water and Climate. Water is the primary medium
                           through which we will feel the effects of climate change. Water availability is becoming less
                           predictable in many places and increased incidences of flooding threaten lives and livelihoods,
                           destroy sanitation facilities and contaminate water sources. In some regions, droughts are
                           exacerbating water scarcity and thereby negatively impacting people’s health and productivity.

                           Today more than 2 billion people live in countries experiencing high water stress. The situation
                           will likely worsen as populations and the demand for water grow and as the effects of climate
                           change intensify. The UN Convention to Combat Desertification states that with the existing
                           climate change scenario, by 2030, water scarcity in some arid and semi-arid places will
                           displace between 24 million and 700 million people.

                           As a member of both the UN and UNESCO Water Family, the role of IHE Delft in helping to
                           mitigate the effects of climate change is increasingly vital in educating water professionals
                           throughout the world, to contribute to solutions to these global water problems.

                           When we meet alumni, following their studies at IHE Delft, they often use the word
                           'transformation' when describing the impact of their experience at our Institute. They mean
                           much more than improving their career prospects or chance of promotion. The international
                           environment that the Institute provides, learning from peer students, the world-class academic
                           staff and the vibrant nature of IHE Delft, all make it an unforgettable, positive experience.

                           In addition to its wide range of programmes and specialisations, IHE Delft provides its
                           education in many formats to cater to the diverse needs of our students: full-time, Delft
                           based Master's courses; joint or double degrees, spending time in different countries; short
                           courses for those with limited time and specialised needs; online to fit in with work and life
                           commitments. Tailor made training courses are designed for the specific requirements of a
                           group and run in Delft or in the participants' country, to suit their requirements.

                           Since its establishment in 1957, the Institute has educated over 23,000 scientists, engineers
                           and decision-makers from more than 190 countries. Many alumni reach senior positions in
                           their home countries and become nationally and internationally recognised experts.

                           We invite you to come and join us in the urgent quest to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable
                           Development Goals. If helping to solve global water challenges excites you, come and join our
                           dynamic, international community at IHE Delft and together we can work towards a better,
                           safer and more sustainable 2030 and beyond.

                           Professor Eddy Moors, Rector

IHE Delft is located in the historical centre of Delft, a city
    of great charm characterized by ancient canals, beautifully
    kept monuments and historic squares. It is also a young,
    vibrant city with a large student population and an ideal
    starting point to explore the Netherlands and Europe.

    Delft, Netherlands,

Water has                A HOME IN THE                                             THE INSTITUTE’S
always played            HEART OF EUROPE                                           FACILITIES AND SERVICES

an important             Delft is known for its historic town centre with       • Modern teaching and research laboratories
                         canals, Delft Blue pottery, painter Johannes             in the field/treatment of: wastewater;
role in both the         Vermeer and scientist Antony van Leeuwenhoek             faecal sludge; drinking water; process
Netherlands’ and         and its association with the royal House of              technology; aquatic ecology; analytical
                         Orange-Nassau.                                           laboratories, including molecular- and
Delft’s history.
                                                                                  microbiology, equipped with state of the art
                         Since Delft is a university city, there are plenty       instrumentation;
                         of cultural events to be enjoyed throughout the        • A library with online connections to
                         year, as well as museums and theatres. There is          national and international resource centres,
                         also an abundance of cafés and restaurants,              and a reading room containing many  Finland
                         catering to every taste and making time spent            international journals and magazines;
                         away from your studies an experience in itself.        • Modernised classrooms and
                                                                                  multifunctional lecture theatres;
                         Water has always played an important role in           • A fully equipped auditorium seating 300
                         both the Netherlands’ and Delft’s history and            andSweden
                                                                                       a videoconferencing studio;
                         continues to do so today. Therefore, it is no          • Notebooks for all participants and
                         surprise that many science and technology                extensive computing facilities;
                         organizations related to water have chosen Delft  Norway
                                                                                • Flexible and group work-spaces;
                         as their home base. IHE Delft maintains close          • A restaurant offering a wide variety of
                         working relationships with various Delft-based           meals and snacks;
                         research and education institutes, such as the         • Social and cultural activities, sports
                         Delft University of Technology, Deltares and the         facilities and events;
                         Delfland Water Board.                                  • International student health and
                                                                                  counselling services;
                         Delft is well connected to the Dutch public            • An in-house prayer and meditation room.
                         transport system, making The Hague, Rotterdam,
                         Schiphol International Airport and Amsterdam
                         easily accessible. It is a great location to start
                         exploring other places of interest, both within Denmark
                         Netherlands and Europe.

                          United Kingdom            Netherlands
                                                                                        • Berlin
                                   • London             Delft
                                                                • Amsterdam
                                                            • Brussels
                                              • Paris               Luxemburg

                         YOUR INTERNATIONAL                                        HOUSING             Austria-Hungary
                                                                     Switzerland   Delft is a university city, and therefore
                         Staff at the Institute simplify your transition to        accommodation is scarce and expensive.
                         the Netherlands by organizing the annual                  This is why IHE Delft provides fully
                         ‘Introduction Days’. In these two weeks, they             furnished accommodation in Delft for
                         help you deal with various formalities such as            all students of the Institute’s Delft-based
                         residence permits, health insurance and bank              programmes, available upon arrival and Serbia
                         accounts. Other activities during this period are         for the duration of the study period. Advice
                         an excellent way for new students to meet one             and assistance will beMontenegro
                                                                                                           provided to students
                         another and receive the friendship and advice of          of allItaly
                                                                                          other programmes.
                         senior students and the Institute's staff.
                         Throughout your study period, IHE Delft
                 Spain   organizes many social, cultural and sports
                         events, allowing you to get the most out of your                                                        Greece
                         free time. Every year, trips are organized that
                         stimulate you to discover Dutch culture, Delft,
                         the Netherlands and Europe.

Studying at IHE Delft is a life-changing
    experience. You will be exposed to an
    intercultural environment characterized by
    plurality and diversity of ideas, experiences
    and disciplines resulting in intellectual,
    professional and personal growth.

    A Network for Life

Today, several         MAKE IHE DELFT
ministers, heads       YOUR NETWORK

of water-related       IHE Delft acts as a hub for partnerships and     The Institute maintains close working
                       networks across the globe, linking global        relationships with many regional and local
institutions and top   knowledge to local sector agendas. The           networks, which facilitates the transfer
scientists around      Institute collaborates with an extensive range   of scientific and technical expertise,
                       of public and private partners, comprising       strengthening the capacity of water
the globe are IHE      a wide range of fields and technical             professionals and institutions. Many of
Delft graduates.       cooperation in human and institutional           these networks are thriving professional
                       capacity building. These partners are at         communities, encouraging joint research,
                       the international, United Nations, EU and        knowledge sharing and the development of
                       national level. They include education and       sustainable water solutions.
                       research institutes, knowledge centres, the
                       (Dutch) Water Sector, funding agencies,          As a student, you profit from the professional
                       NGOs and governmental organizations.             contacts the Institute has made since its
                       These partnerships add value to many of the      inception. When studying at IHE Delft, you
                       Institute’s activities.                          can expect to meet leading figures from the
                                                                        international water arena. Your professors
                                                                        and lecturers will put your study in the
                                                                        context of global dialogues and targets such
                                                                        as the Sustainable Development Goals.

                       ALUMNI NETWORK

                       After graduation, you will be part of the        With a IHE Delft degree you will have taken
                       largest partnership network of water             a major step in your professional career.
                       professionals in the world. IHE Delft will       Many alumni reach prominent positions in
                       continue to facilitate the communication         which strategic, managerial, policy and
                       between you, your former classmates, and         decision-making components become major
                       the Institute. You will receive news about the   responsibilities of their functions. You will,
                       Institute and the water sector on a regular      over time, wish to keep your skills and
                       basis through e-zines. You are invited to join   knowledge refreshed, to stay up to date with
                       an Alumni Association in your country,           changing professional demands. To cater to
                       independent associations where you can           this need, the Institute's refresher seminars
                       meet fellow alumni and enjoy social and          are held annually in different continents,
                       professional activities.                         covering themes of direct relevance to
                                                                        these regions. Also, alumni are entitled to
                                                                        discounts on the tuition fee for attending
                                                                        IHE Delft short and online courses, and
                                                                        purchasing publications.

                          Alumni per country

                         Alumni per country

MSc         225 IHE Delft staff

                   51 94          47     33

                Academic          Support

       IHE Delft offers five Master of Science programmes, with a total of
       17 specializations. The MSc Programmes educate students primarily
       from developing countries and countries in transition, as well as
       students from developed countries with a strong interest in water and
       development, to become creative problem solving professionals in the
       field of water and environment.                PhD fellows

                                                                                11        11
                   MSc students

                                   7         59
                                                                    127               98
    MSc students per region of origin – academic period 2018/2020
                                                                                      Dutch Ministry of
                                                                                      Foreign Affairs     13
5                                                    MSc PROGRAMME IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
                                                     Applied Aquatic Ecology for Sustainability

                                                     Environmental Planning and Management

                                                     Environmental Science and Technology                                            Db
The MSc curricula are geared towards                 Environmental Technology and Engineering                                    J
supporting a greater understanding of
sustainable development and the inherent             Limnology and Wetland Management                                            J
challenges in achieving that. In the programmes,     MSc PROGRAMME IN URBAN WATER AND SANITATION
a mix of modern knowledge transfer methods
includes lectures, workshops, role-play, games,      Sanitary Engineering                                                            Db
study tours, and field visits. Teaching staff        Urban Water Engineering and Management                                      J
and students come from all over the world
and partnerships with related institutes and         Water Supply Engineering                                                        Db
universities play an important role in teaching.
                                                     MSc PROGRAMME IN SANITATION
The educational environment can therefore be
called truly international; it is characterized by   Sanitation                                                                      Db
pluralism and diversity and stimulates students,
                                                     MSc PROGRAMME IN WATER MANAGEMENT AND GOVERNANCE
while progressing in their studies, to develop
communication skills that will enable them to        Water Cooperation and Diplomacy                                             J
disseminate their professional knowledge and
skills effectively.                                  THEMATIC PROFILES                                                               Db

                                                     Water Conflict Management
The Delft-based MSc specializations Db start
in October and take 18 months, the first year of     Water Quality Management
which consists of taught modules that are given      Water Resources Management
at IHE Delft. After successful completion of the
taught modules, you will do individual research      Water Services Management
for a six-month period. The research deals with      MSc PROGRAMME IN WATER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
a practical or theoretical problem and may be
carried out in collaboration with an organization    Flood Risk Management                                                       J
outside the Netherlands, for example in the          Groundwater and Global Change - Impacts and Adaptation                      J
home country. Often, field data collection,
laboratory or computer analysis work are part of     Hydraulic Engineering and River Basin Development                               Db
the research. Research is always completed with
                                                     Hydraulic Engineering - Coastal Engineering and Port Development                Db
a thesis and a public presentation of results.
                                                     Hydroinformatics - Modelling and Information Systems for Water Management       Db
The so-called joint programmes J are MSc
                                                     Hydrology and Water Resources                                                   Db
specialisations developed with and offered in
collaboration with partner institutes. These joint   Land and Water Development for Food Security                                J   Db
programmes have varying start and end dates,
                                                     Sustainable Urban Water Management                                              Db
and part of the programme is given at a partner
institute in another country.                             Joint programme offered under the European Erasmus Mundus framework.

                                                     For extra information on these programmes please see pages 12-21.

ACCREDITATION                                        KEY VALUES

The Institute's MSc programmes are accredited        IHE Delft graduates are expected to be critical, creative and independent
under legislation of The Netherlands. As such,       thinkers and effective water professionals, who are able to connect and
the IHE Delft Foundation is the party legally        engage with a range of disciplines such as natural sciences, social sciences
responsible for the Institute's education and        and engineering. They are expected to be able to work in environmental and
authorized to issue its degrees.                     societal complex contexts, with the ability to work productively in teams and
                                                     take leadership. To achieve these learning outcomes education at IHE Delft
                                                     is implemented in partnership and characterized by the following key values:
                                                     • International and interdisciplinary
                                                     • Science based but anchored in professional practice
                                                     • Student centred, on the basis of aligned teaching and active learning
                                                     • Relevant, geared towards creating impact on the ground
                                                     • Open, transparent and accessible
                                                     • Combining knowledge and transferrable skills

       The PhD Programme leads to a deepening in a field of specialization.
       PhD fellows undertake scientific research, often with conclusions that
       directly influence their own country or region. At IHE Delft, more than
       120 PhD researchers from around the world are brought together to
       participate in problem-focused, solution-orientated research    into   190                  23,381
       development issues, resulting in an inspiring research environment.

                                                              Alumni in the world
                   PhD fellows

                                  11           11
                                                                               Graduates in the
                                                    24                          water sector
                                                         69                         55
    PhD students per region of origin – 2018
PhD PROGRAMME                                                IHE DELFT INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE SCHOOL
                                                             IN WATER AND DEVELOPMENT
Conducting research at IHE Delft is a unique
experience, as you will work together with other             Sustainable water use is frequently characterised by complex, so-called
researchers in a multinational and multidisciplinary         ‘wicked’, problems where traditional assumptions of knowledge, causality
environment. Your research will provide a firm               and predictability may not apply. The fundamental importance of better
academic foundation for you to play your part in             connection between science, policy and society makes new demands on
providing solutions to the global challenges of              PhD graduates, who are increasingly expected to possess, not only a deep
sustainable water supply, quality and governance.            knowledge of their own discipline, but are additionally capable of placing
                                                             that knowledge in a wider understanding of societal needs.
The PhD research of IHE Delft crosses the spectrum
from engineering, information systems, habitat               IHE Delft is well placed to play a significant role in supporting PhD level
quality and the social and political realities that affect   education that is targeted to water related problems, not only in the global
the use and abuse of water. All PhD fellows work             south and countries in transition, but in an increasingly globalised world.
within specific Chair Groups, but are encouraged to
collaborate internally and externally to produce high        In 2015 IHE Delft established the Graduate School in Water and
quality results within IHE Delft’s research themes.          Development, to create a hub for a vibrant and an intellectually exciting
Work often occurs within larger groupings and can            research and development environment at the heart of the Institute.
include linking to the research topics that are a            The vision of the Graduate School is to develop a stimulating research
requirement of the institute’s MSc programme and/or          environment for PhD fellows and the staff of the Institute. PhD Fellows
embedded in larger multidisciplinary projects.               produce the majority of the research output of the Institute, and future
                                                             developments are to further support academic quality and relevance in
You will often do research in collaboration with the         meeting the serious challenges of sustainable water use in increasingly
Institute’s extensive network of research institutions,      difficult situations. Research activities are supported by an individual
governmental and private sector partners throughout          training plan that build competencies directly related to the specific research
the world. Research often includes time in Delft and         programme, as well as wider interactive and awareness skills that are needed
abroad, mostly in the home country of the research           in a professional environment. Each PhD fellow develops his/her Training
fellows. This directly supports the capacity develop         and Supervision Plan (TSP) that builds verified doctoral education credits.
mission of the institute and the agenda of the UN
Sustainable Development Goals.

All PhD fellows are registered both with the IHE
Delft Graduate School and with a partner university.
This is normally a Dutch university with the legal
authority to award the degree of PhD, although we
also have some joint PhD programmes as part of               Research is
funded networks of research. The time span of a PhD          conducted by
programme is usually planned for four years. The             the following

degrees are fully recognised in all parts of the world.
                                                             chair groups:







































                                                             13 Chair Groups





                                                             Water Supply Engineering

                                                             Pollution Prevention & Resource Recovery

                                                             Sanitary Engineering

IHE Delft is a partner member of SENSE (Research             Water Management

School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences               Water Governance
of the Environment), a national research school              Hydroinformatics
in the Netherlands, which connects more than
                                                             Knowledge & Capacity Development
10 universities and research institutes. The aim
of SENSE is to educate and train PhD fellows in              Land & Water Development
disciplinary and multidisciplinary environmental             Aquatic Ecosystems
issues, to promote scientific research on
                                                             Hydrology & Water Resources
environmental change, and to support society and
policy makers with independent and scientifically            Coastal Systems, Engineering & Port Development

based expert advice. Through IHE SENSE also                  River Basin Development
connects with other Graduate Schools including
                                                             Flood Resilience
that of TU Delft and the Research School for
International Development (CERES) that has a
more social science focus.                                         Main/core activity/focus       Active, but not core focus           Active, but at margin

Online and
     Short Courses
     IHE Delft aims to make water education accessible to an increasing
     number of students and professionals. The Institute achieves this is by
     providing online and on-campus short courses, tailor-made training, a
     diploma programme and open courseware on a wide array of topics.


                                                        It is possible to earn European Credit Transfer
                                                        System (ECTS) points for several online and
                                                        short courses. For the latest information on
                                                        earning ECTS points, including regulations
                                                        and costs, please refer to our website.


                                                        Discounts on the tuition fee of online and
                                                        short courses apply to the following:

     19               71              10
                                                        • 30% for IHE Delft Diploma alumni
                                                        • 10% for UN family staff members
                                                        • 10% for groups of 5 or more (provided
                                                          that the course starts at the same time
                                                          and a group application has been sent)
     ONLINE COURSES   SHORT COURSES   SUMMER COURSES    Please note that discounts cannot be combined.

ONLINE COURSES                                       ON-CAMPUS SHORT COURSES                              SUMMER COURSES

IHE Delft offers high quality online courses         IHE Delft conducts a wide range of short,            Summer courses are meant to bring together
in many of the topics of significance in             intensive and highly specialized courses             students and professionals with different
the water sector. The online courses are             which are aimed at upgrading and refreshing          academic or professional backgrounds and
beneficial to professionals working in public        the knowledge and skills of mid-career               explore a cross-cutting issue. Course topics
and private institutions, NGOs, and academic         and senior experts. They are meant for               include: water diplomacy, communication,
institutions, and are ideal for professionals        professionals - or groups of professionals -         leadership, entrepreneurship and gender.
with jobs and families, who want to upgrade          with a specific area of interest and a limited       The courses are 5 days and usually held in
their skills from the comfort of their home or       amount of time.                                      August.
office. A typical online course's total study
load is 140 hours. A four month course thus          Short courses usually are one to three               Check our website regularly or subscribe to our
                                                                                                          e-newsletter to stay tuned with updates about
takes around 8 hours of work per week.               weeks in length. The focus and content vary
                                                                                                          the 2020 summer courses.
The guidance by lecturing staff during these         from specialized and technical matters to
online courses is intensive, and there are           challenges and approaches in management.
many opportunities to get feedback from              Didactical methods used in these short
and interact with fellow participants.               courses include lectures, individual or group
                                                     exercises in the classroom, at the computer,
The web-based Moodle eCampus is used                 or in the laboratory. Fieldwork, excursions
to disseminate training material and for             and field visits to relevant institutions are
communication. It contains learning tools            often part of a short course, allowing the
such as presentations, videos featuring case         participants to experience practical examples
studies from various countries, interviews           of the theory offered. Through case studies,
with experts, quizzes and audio material,            role-play and workshops, content is made
as well as a discussion area, where fellow           more interactive, and know-how of
participants and lecturers can meet each other.      participants is shared.
All courses run completely via eCampus, but
course materials can be sent on CD as well.          For a list short courses in 2020, see pages 24-25.

For a list of online courses in 2020, see page 22.

TAILOR-MADE TRAINING                                 PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA                                 OPEN COURSEWARE
Tailor-made courses are designed for clients                                                              IHE Delft freely provides online educational
whose staff require training in specific topics      The Graduate Professional Diploma                    materials, including recorded lectures and
or seek to develop a common knowledge base           Programme (GPDP) disseminates relevant               downloadable materials such as course notes,
to address future challenges. The focus of           knowledge and know-how to professionals              exercises, tools and public domain software
the courses can be technical, managerial,            who do not have the means or time to pursue          on a wide variety of topics.
strategic or operational, depending on the           a full-time Master’s course in that subject, or
                                                                                                          For a list of open courseware courses, see
client’s priorities.                                 who already have an MSc Degree in a related
                                                                                                          page 22.
                                                     field and wish to specialize.
The training can be organized for groups
of various sizes, from one or multiple               In the programme you will follow a sequence
organizations, sectors or regions. The               of four to five online courses, on-campus
trainings can vary in length and depth,              short courses or a combination of both. To
ranging from a course lasting several days, to       ensure that the programme fits your personal
a tailored MSc programme in which regular            circumstances, you select the courses of
components are mixed with case studies and           interest and a personal study plan will be
modules requested by the client. Training can        designed in collaboration with a study
be delivered on-site or using IHE Delft in           advisor. The total duration of the programme
Delft as a base, or a combination of the two.        depends on this study plan and varies
A mixture of training techniques are utilised        between 1.5 to a maximum of 4.5 years.
in creating tailor-made trainings, including
                                                     For extra information on these tracks and
lectures, workshops, role-plays, case studies
                                                     courses, see page 23.
and study tours to project sites throughout
Europe or the region where the training takes

For advice on how IHE Delft could be of service
to your organization, contact IHE Delft’s Liaison
Office. Their contact information is available
from the website, see bottom of page.

       MSc Programmes
                                                                           START PROGRAMME
                                                                           3rd week in April


                                                                           12 MONTH
                                        APPLICATION DEADLINE               PROGRAMME
                                        31st of December                   2020–2021      MSc in Sanitation

     2019                                   2020
     SEP      OCT      NOV      DEC          JAN      FEB      MAR   APR    MAY   JUN    JUL   AUG   SEP      OCT    NOV   DEC

                                                                     APPLICATION DEADLINE
                                                                     1st of August

     INTENSIVE LEARNING                                                                                             18 MONTH
     Due to the breadth and depth of subjects covered in the MSc                                                    2020–2022
     programmes, please be advised that in particular the taught
     part is intensive. We advise students to prepare themselves
     for a challenging, but rewarding educational experience.                           START PROGRAMME
                                                                                        3rd week in October
THE DELFT-BASED,                                 THE DELFT-BASED,                                SCHOLARSHIPS
      12-MONTH CURRICULUM OF                           18-MONTH CURRICULA
      THE MSC PROGRAMME IN                             OF THE MSC PROGRAMMES                           Most scholarship programmes have a
      SANITATION                                                                                       deadline which is much earlier than the
                                                                                                       deadline of our MSc Programmes.
      The Delft-based, 12-month curriculum of          The Delft-based, 18-month curricula of          See:
      the MSc Programme in Sanitation consists         the MSc Programmes consist of 106 ECTS
      of 71 ECTS credit points and has a Taught        credit points and have a Taught Part
      Part (40 ECTS credit points) and a Thesis        (61 ECTS credit points) and a Thesis            APPLICATION
      Research Part (31 ECTS credit points).           Research Part (45 ECTS credit points).
                                                                                                       You can apply for admission to the
      The taught part has a modular structure,         The one-year taught part, has a modular         MSc Programmes online at our website
      comprising 13 modules ranging from 1 to 6        structure and after successful completion,      throughout the year, but make sure to apply
      weeks’ duration. The individual thesis           you will do individual research for a six-      well before the application deadline, so you
      research, follows on completion of the taught    month period. The research deals with a         will have time to make the financial
      programme, although, in order to avoid a         practical or theoretical problem and may        arrangements and prepare for your studies
      ‘cold start’ and to guarantee sufficient time,   be carried out in collaboration with an         at IHE Delft.
      students will be allocated a research topic      organization outside the Netherlands, for
      and will start preparing for their individual    example in the home country. Research skills
      research early on in the programme.              are also built up during the taught part.       ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                       • Bachelor Degree in a related field of study.
                                                                                                       • English Language (IELTS: 6.0 / TOEFL
      DOWNLOAD PDF                                     JOINT PROGRAMMES                                  iBT: 87 overall or PBT: 502/TWE 4.5).
      OF THIS BROCHURE                                                                                 • Two or more years of work experience in
                                                       Our Joint Programmes have varying start           a related field is preferred.
                                                       and end dates and a different duration.         • The MSc Programme in Sanitation also
                                                       See website for more information.                 requires an entry exam.

                                                       AFTER GRADUATING                                 STAY FRESH

                                                       • Join the IHE Delft Alumni Community            IHE Delft promotes Life Long Learning:
                                                       • Resume or start your work in the water         After a few years, enrol in a refresher course,
                                                         sector                                         or a short or online course.
THESIS                                                 • PhD Programme - 4 years (see page 8)

2021                                                                                                            2022
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                                           A    JUN    JUL     AUG      SEP      OCT      NOV         DEC       JAN       FEB      MAR      APR

                                                                           TAUGHT            THESIS
MSc in Environmental Science                                                                 RESEARCH

MSc in Urban Water and Sanitation
MSc in Water Management and Governance
MSc in Water Science and Engineering


 Study Information
                                  ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

                                  Develops the necessary knowledge and skills to contribute to a sustainable and
                                  innovative future for the protection and management of water and natural resources.

                                  Integrating science, technology and policy making         understand the planning and management
                                  As the world enters a period of increasing pressures      dimensions of addressing environmental problems. In
                                  that cause impact on the environment and human well-      class ample examples from practice are used to
                                  being, sustainable development needs to integrate         illustrate and reflect on theory and concepts, while
                                  scientific knowledge with technological developments      group work is applied to gain the necessary skills to
                                  and effective policies. The MSc programme in              address problems in multi-disciplinary teams. During
                                  Environmental Science builds the knowledge and            the final phase of the programme, you will produce an
                                  skills necessary to meet the environmental challenges     independent scientific research project that brings
                                  in an integrated way. Each of the programme’s             together the knowledge, skills and the critical thinking
                                  specializations provides the essential in-depth           developed through the individual modules of the
                                  knowledge, supported by a broader set of skills, so       programme.
                                  that graduates of the programme can play their part in
                                  a sustainable and innovative future for protection and    Programme contents
                                  management of water and natural resources.                The MSc programme in Environmental Science
                                                                                            equips professionals with the necessary capacities for
                                  Aim of the programme                                      sustainable natural resource management by offering
                                  The unsustainable management of natural resources         a systems approach. This means you will investigate
                                  hampers human development and exacerbates                 subsystems and their interactions at global, regional
                                  human inequalities. Pollution, depletion of natural       and local scale without losing sight of the overall
                                  resources, the disintegration of ecological functions,    picture. The programme balances a thorough
                                  and ineffectual policies are matters of local, regional   knowledge of the disciplines taught by each of the
                                  and global concern. Economic development and rising       programme’s specializations, and the added value of
     CAREER                       living standards in the developing world, set against     bringing these disciplines together in one coherent
                                  increased pressures on the environment, contribute to     programme.
     Graduates of the ES          the urgency of these problems. Preventing further
     programme start or
     resume a career dealing
                                  degradation of the environment, and the consequent        Desired profile
     with water policy and        damage to human society, requires new approaches          Admission to the programme is open to students and
     planning, research and/or    for sustainable interactions between people and their     professionals with an interest in environmental
     environmental regulation     environment. Sustainability depends on balancing use      sciences and in maintaining environmental integrity to
     in the water sector or
                                  and conservation of environmental resources, but the      support human development, especially for those
     related sectors such as
     infrastructure, energy,      challenge is to increase food supply and human            interested in helping meet future water and
     agriculture or mining.       welfare while minimising and counteracting the            environmental challenges in developing countries and
     Careers include working      negative impacts on the environment.                      countries in transition. Suitable academic
     at:                                                                                    backgrounds include a BSc or MSc in natural
     • Public administration:
     central and local
                                  To find sustainable solutions and improve the quality     sciences, chemistry, environmental science,
     government (urban water      of human life, we must first understand the processes     agriculture, geography, environmental economics,
     and wastewater               that sustain natural systems, how these systems           planning and management or engineering.
     authorities, water boards,   function and how they interact with one another and       Professional experience in a relevant area is
     water and environment
                                  with human society. The MSc programme in                  desirable.
     • Private sector, e.g.       Environmental Science develops the understanding of
     consulting engineering       these processes and how to apply this knowledge for       Basic knowledge of mathematics, physics and
     firms;                       better natural resource management in your day-to-        chemistry is a prerequisite. Computer literacy is a
     • Academia and research      day work. During the programme you will learn to          valuable asset. Good conversational, reading and
     • NGOs and international
                                  analyse and assess environmental systems and              writing capabilities in the English language are
     organizations (UN,           problems; be able to propose and plan for sustainable     essential to successfully complete the programme.
     Worldbank, etc.).            solutions and develop technical measures; and


APPLIED AQUATIC                   ENVIRONMENTAL                     ENVIRONMENTAL                     ENVIRONMENTAL                        LIMNOLOGY AND
ECOLOGY FOR                       PLANNING AND                      SCIENCE AND                       TECHNOLOGY AND                       WETLAND
SUSTAINABILITY                    MANAGEMENT                        TECHNOLOGY                        ENGINEERING                          MANAGEMENT


You will gain a thorough          You will acquire the knowledge    You will be introduced to         You will learn to apply and          You will learn about the
understanding of the natural      and skills to reflect on and      research and development          develop environmental                structure and functioning
processes in aquatic              implement environmental           leading to technologies           technologies, with a strong          of aquatic and wetland
ecosystems and be able to         planning and management           that address environmental        focus on multidisciplinary and       ecosystems for their
apply this knowledge to           from an interdisciplinary         problems, and apply those         problem-based technology             management and wise use,
sustainable management for        perspective and you will          technologies in a context of      development.                         and learn how to interact
healthy ecosystems and good       be able to support policy         stakeholders, managers and                                             with stakeholders, managers
water quality in a                and decision-making for           policy makers for appropriate                                          and policy makers for the
multidisciplinary setting.        sustainable and strategic         remedial actions.                                                      development of best practices.
                                  water and environmental
                                  management in multi-actor
                                  systems in urban and rural

Prospective Students              Prospective Students              Prospective Students              Prospective Students                 Prospective Students
This specialization is designed   The specialization is intended    The programme is designed         The programme is                     This specialization is intended
for students and professionals    for mid-career professionals      for students and professionals    intended for students and            for students and professionals
who have a strong interest        and students interested in        with an interest in the           professionals who are                with a special interest in one of
in water quality, sustainable     using environmental planning      development and application       interested in deepening              the following topics: aquatic
management and conservation       and management, combining         of technologies that contribute   their knowledge of the               ecology, limnology, wetland
of aquatic ecosystems,            environmental and social          to the treatment of               application of environmental         ecosystems, or aquatic
including rivers, swamps,         sciences, to enhance the          waste(water) and the recovery     technologies. Suitable               resources management.
lakes, and estuaries. Suitable    integrity of the environment to   of energy and other resources.    academic backgrounds include         Suitable academic
academic backgrounds include      support human development.        Suitable academic                 chemistry, biology, geology,         backgrounds include natural
natural sciences, environmental   Suitable academic                 backgrounds include natural       civil or agricultural engineering,   sciences, chemistry,
science, biology, fisheries and   backgrounds include natural       sciences, chemistry,              environmental or agricultural        environmental science,
agriculture.                      sciences, environmental           environmental science,            sciences.                            agriculture, geography,
                                  science, agriculture, social      agriculture and engineering.                                           environmental economics,
                                  sciences, geography,                                                                                     planning and management.
                                  environmental economics,
                                  planning and management.

Topics                            Topics                            Topics                            Topics                               Topics
• Applied Ecology and Bio-        • Water and Environmental         • Environmental Process           • Environmental Microbiology         • Limnology
  assessment                        Law                               Technology                        (UCT Prague)                       • Ecology of Aquatic Organisms
• Environmental Systems           • Environmental Systems           • Environmental Systems           • Environmental Engineering          • Aquatic Ecosystem
  Analysis                          Analysis                          Analysis                          (UCT Prague)                         Management
• Water Quality Assessment        • Water and Environmental         • Water Quality Assessment        • Communication and writing          • Lake Ecology
  and Monitoring                    Policy Analysis                   and Monitoring                    skills for engineers I (UCT        • Stream and River Ecology
• River and Floodplain            • Environmental Planning and      • Industrial Resource               Prague and IHE Delft)              • Wetlands for Wastewater
  Rehabilitation                    Implementation                    Management and Cleaner          • Track "Advanced                      Treatment
• Aquatic Ecosystems:             • Environmental Assessment          Production                        wastewater treatment               • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  Processes and Applications        for Water-related Policies      • Ecotechnologies                   technologies" (IHE Delft)          • Aquatic Ecosystems
• Wetlands for Livelihood and       and Development                                                   • Track “Ecotechnologies”            • Data Analysis and Modelling
  Conservation                                                                                          (IHE Delft)                          for Aquatic Ecosystems
                                                                                                      • Track “Air” (Ghent University)       Processes and Applications
                                                                                                      • Track “Soil” (Ghent University)    • Wetlands for Livelihood and

Delft-based MSc specialization    Delft-based MSc specialization    Delft-based MSc specialization    This specialization is a joint       This specialization is jointly
                                                                                                      programme offered under              offered with BOKU, University
                                                                                                      the European Erasmus                 of Natural Resources and Life
                                                                                                      Mundus framework with Ghent          Sciences, Austria, and Egerton
                                                                                                      University, Belgium, and             University, Kenya.
                                                                                                      University of Chemistry and
                                                                                                      Technology, Czech Republic.


 Study Information
                                 IN URBAN WATER AND SANITATION

                                 Educates professionals in the fields of water supply, sanitation and
                                 integrated water engineering and management, particularly in urban areas.

                                 Recent decades have witnessed an increasing rate of                      Aim of the Programme
                                 urbanization, particularly in developing regions and in                  The MSc Programme in Urban Water and Sanitation

                                 countries in transition. About 80% of the world’s                        educates professionals in the fields of water supply,
                                 megacities can be found in these regions. The high                       sanitation and water engineering and management,
                                 concentration of people in urban areas is placing                        particularly in urban areas. Once they have
                                 enormous pressure on the local environment and on                        successfully completed this programme, graduates:
                                 available resources. It also generates ever higher                       • Can place their profession in the wider social,
                                 demands on municipal services such as water supply                         economic and environmental contexts of
                                 and sanitation, continuously challenged by the lack of                     urbanization and municipal water and infrastructure
                                 financial and human resources.                                             services provision;
                                                                                                          • Will be able to contribute to the development of
                                                                                                            innovative approaches to the provision of
                                                                                                            sustainable and equitable municipal water,
                                                                                                            sanitation, environmental and infrastructure services
                                                                                                            in low and middle income countries;
                                                                                                          • Will be able to conduct academic research

                                 SANITARY ENGINEERING                             WATER SUPPLY                                     URBAN WATER ENGINEERING
                                                                                  ENGINEERING                                      AND MANAGEMENT

                                 You will learn how to deal with wastewater       You will learn to deal with technical            You will learn to deliver both water and
                                 and sludge treatment process operation,          aspects of collection, storage treatment         wastewater services within the context
                                 maintenance and design, including urban          and distribution of drinking and industrial      of the urban water cycle, covering both
                                 drainage and sewerage, centralized and           water in an integrated way, paying               technical and management aspects.
                                 decentralized systems and land-based and         attention to the choice of technologies and
                                 engineered treatment plants.                     tools, ranging from low-cost to advanced,
                                                                                  engineered to natural treatment systems,
                                                                                  and large-scale centralized to small-scale
                                                                                  decentralized options.
                                 Prospective Students                                                                              Prospective Students
                                 This specialization is designed for students                                                      This specialization is designed for students
     CAREER                      and professionals interested in achieving        Prospective Students                             and professionals dealing with or
                                 and maintaining water pollution control          This specialization is designed for students     interested in water and sanitation services
     Graduates of the UWS        and public health. It is particularly relevant   and engineers interested in or dealing with      and managing the urban water cycle.
     programme start or          for those who are or wish to become              water quality, collection, storage, treatment,   Suitable academic backgrounds include
     resume a career dealing     involved in the provision of urban sanitation    transport and distribution. Suitable             civil, environmental and chemical
     with water and sanitation   services. Suitable academic backgrounds          academic backgrounds include civil,              engineering.
     services and managing       include civil, environmental or chemical         chemical, environmental, hydraulic and
     the urban water cycle       engineering and microbiology.                    mechanical engineering.
     Careers include working
     • Public administration:    Topics                                           Topics                                           Topics
     central and local           • Urban Drainage and Sewerage                    • Unit Operations in Water Treatment             • Drinking and Waste Water Treatment
     government (urban water     • Conventional Wastewater Treatment              • Disinfection, Adsorption and Natural           • Water Transport and Distribution
     and wastewater              • Resource Oriented Wastewater                     Processes for Water Treatment                  • Urban Drainage and Sewerage
     authorities, urban            Treatment and Sanitation                       • Groundwater Resources and Treatment            • Asset Management
     development ministries/     • Wastewater Treatment Plants Design             • Water Transport and Distribution               • Managing Water Organizations
     authorities, water and        and Engineering                                • Desalination and Membrane Technology           • Urban Flood Management and Disaster
     environment ministries);    • Modelling Wastewater Treatment                 • Water Treatment Processes and Plant              Risk Mitigation
     • Private sector: e.g.        Processes and Plants                             Design                                         • Urban Water Systems
     water supply companies,     • Industrial Effluents Treatment and             • Decentralized Water Supply and
     consulting engineering        Residuals Management                             Sanitation
     firms;                      • Faecal Sludge Management                       • Advanced Water Transport and
     • Academia and research                                                        Distribution
     • NGOs and international
     organizations (UN,          Delft-based MSc specialization                   Delft-based MSc specialization                   This specialization is jointly offered with the
     Worldbank, etc.).                                                                                                             Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.


Study Information
                        IN SANITATION

                        A unique, internationally recognized programme, designed for completion in 12 months.
                        The programme is based at IHE Delft in the Netherlands, in the near future, the
                        programme will also be available at universities in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

                        The state-of-the-art content was developed and is           Syllabus
                        delivered by the world’s leading experts from academia      The programme focus is on non-sewered sanitation,
                        and practice. In this practice orientated programme         as sewerage-based sanitation is the subject of the
                        you will gain an in-depth understanding of urban and        complementary specialization in Sanitary Engineering.
                        peri-urban sanitation and develop the skills necessary      The programme design and module plans have been
                        to create impact. Skills development is embedded            prepared in cooperation with partners from academia
                        from the start through individual coaching and tailored     and practice. The input from practice was essential,
                        guidance. Preparatory (e-learning) courses and entry        as the new programme has a clear professional focus.
                        interviews are included. All graduates will become a        The course content facilitates learning objectives and
                        member of the Global Faecal Sludge Management               achievement of final qualification.
                        Learning Alliance and alumni community.
                                                                                    The following topics are part of the programme:
                        Target group                                                • Introduction to Sanitation
                        The MSc programme is dedicated to target needs and          • Sanitation Systems and Services
                        deliver specialists in a short time, with the necessary     • Sanitation and Public Health
                        qualifications. It aims to attract talented and ambitious   • Analysis of Sanitation Flows
                        young and mid-career sanitation professionals,              • Sanitation Technology
                        working in water supply and sewerage companies,             • Sanitation Governance
                        municipal assemblies, government ministries, NGOs           • Sanitation Financing
                        and consulting firms, or those hoping to in the future.     • Behaviour Change and Advocacy
                        Participants should have a Bachelor’s degree.               • Emergency Sanitation
                                                                                    • Leadership
                        Programme structure                                         • Project Management
                        The 71 ECTS points programme consist of a taught            • Teamwork Skills Development
                        and a thesis research part. The taught part has a           • Research Methods for Sanitation
                        modular structure, comprising 13 modules ranging
                        from 1 to 5 weeks’ duration, including lectures,
                        laboratory tutorials, field trips, case studies, group      Check our website regularly or subscribe to our
                        work, design exercises and discussions. Students            e-newsletter to stay tuned with updates about this
                        will get to work in the newly constructed faecal sludge     programme.
                        laboratory, which is the only specialist laboratory of
                        its kind in the global north.

                        The individual thesis research (31 ECTS), follows           In partnership with:
                        on completion of the taught programme, although, in
                        order to avoid a ‘cold start’ and to guarantee sufficient
                        time, students will be allocated a research topic and
                        will start preparing for their individual research early
                        on in the programme. To enable students to pass the         IHE Delft is member of:
                        entry exam, a set of preparatory e-learning courses
                        are available for those who may need to increase
                        their knowledge in one or more subjects as
                        prerequisite for the programme.


 Study Information
                                  WATER MANAGEMENT AND GOVERNANCE

                                  Imparts knowledge and skills needed to evaluate, develop and apply integrated and
                                  interdisciplinary approaches, involving hydrological, biophysical, chemical, economic,
                                  institutional, legal, policy making and planning aspects, to address water management
                                  and governance issues.

                                  The MSc programme in Water Management                      is therefore the most crucial measure of their value.
                                  and Governance provides a unique combination               However, by deepening their insights about how
                                  of knowledge, skills and competencies to help              socio-natural processes shape water flows and
                                  comprehensively analyze, critically reflect and            vice-versa, the programme not just provides tools
                                  effectively contribute to solving contemporary water       to help solve problems, but also develops students’
                                  problems. The question of how to balance objectives        theoretical ability to critically compare and reflect on
                                  of social equity with those of ecological integrity and    proposed solutions, measuring their effectiveness
                                  productivity are at the heart of societal efforts to       against wider environmental and social objectives.
                                  deal and live with water. In answering this question,
                                  science and data are always deeply entangled with          An important target audience for the programme
                                  particular visions on development, moral world views,      are water professionals from Southern countries.
                                  and economic or geopolitical interests. This is why        However, we also welcome students from other
                                  the study programme pays explicit critical attention       disciplinary and professional backgrounds (lawyers,
                                  to the definition and workings of authority and power,     journalists, entrepreneurs, activists) or countries
                                  and to the organisation of democracy in water.             of origin who aim to specialize in water, and we
                                                                                             are open to less experienced students who are
     CAREER                       As solutions to water problems always consist              interested in studying at IHE Delft because it
                                  of a combination of engineering, institutions and          gives them a unique, broad and interdisciplinary
     Graduates of the WM          organisations, this programme brings together              background in contemporary water management
     programme start or           insights about water quality and quantity - and hence      and governance questions. The programme's
     resume a career dealing      of key biophysical and hydrological processes - with       overall ambition is to train and educate reflective
     with wide range of water
     management and
                                  understandings of the infrastructural, political and       water professionals and experts who have the
     governance jobs in the       institutional arrangements to regulate its access,         knowledge and capacity to develop, plan, implement
     water sector or related      allocation, treatment, use and discharge. Courses          and evaluate water management and governance
     sectors such as              on offer thus range from those that are rather             policies and strategies in support of the ecologically
     infrastructure, energy,
                                  technical or natural science oriented (focusing on         wise and socially equitable use of water.
     agriculture or mining.
     Careers include working      physical, biological or technical processes) via
     at:                          more skills-oriented modules aimed at acquiring            In line with the overall IHE Delft approach to
     • Public administration:     the abilities to 'do' water management and                 education, the programme’s content is diverse:
     central and local            governance effectively (law, conflict resolution,          lectures by experts in the field are complemented
     government (river basin
     organizations, urban
                                  mediation, modelling, environmental assessment)            by practical assignments, work in the laboratory,
     water authorities, water     to more interpretive social science courses.               excursions and group-work. Innovative distance
     boards, urban/rural          Throughout the programme, there is a lot of                learning and electronic interactive educational
     development ministries/      attention to different ways of integrating these           tools support the programme. Throughout the
                                  different disciplines and sources of knowledge.            educational cycle, lecturers and professors make
     • Private sector: e.g.
      consulting firms, water                                                                creative use of opportunities to build on and
      supply companies, law       The programme’s anchor are water problems as               learn from the rich experiences of students. More
      firms;                      they are experienced by relevant actors - users,           generally, the programme is student-centred,
      • Academia and research     operators, policymakers, politicians, experts - in their   which means that students have a large degree
      • NGOs and international
                                  everyday dealings with water. The applicability of         of freedom to put together the curriculum that
       organizations (UN,         taught practical and analytical skills for dealing with    best fits their choice, interests and needs.
       Worldbank, etc.).          actual water management and governance situations


WATER                             WATER CONFLICT                   WATER QUALITY                      WATER RESOURCES                  WATER SERVICES
COOPERATION AND                   MANAGEMENT                       MANAGEMENT                         MANAGEMENT                       MANAGEMENT

You will study socio-             You will study water conflict    You will study the water           You will study water             You will study the provision of
hydrological dynamics,            management, particularly         quality impacts of human           availability in connection       water and sanitation services
decision making processes         alternative dispute resolution   activities on aquatic              to water use, and seek to        as well as the management
on water resources and            processes and develop the        ecosystems, as well as             develop alternative land         of related infrastructure and
services management, water        skills required to prevent,      possible remedial actions,         use and water allocation         critically review institutional
cooperation and diplomacy,        manage and resolve water-        considering different levels       policies, including legal and    and financial instruments and
water dispute prevention,         related conflicts.               of environmental stress and        institutional arrangements       business models considering
management and resolution                                          in various socio-economic          from the local watershed to      different socioeconomic
skills and tools.                                                  contexts.                          the basin scale and beyond.      contexts.

Prospective Students              Prospective Students             Prospective Students               Prospective Students             Prospective Students
Professionals, preferably with    The thematic profile is          The thematic profile is            This profile is designed for     The thematic profile is
relevant work experience in       designed for water managers      designed for engineers and         engineers, natural scientists    designed for broad range of
the water sector, involved        as well as for institutional,    natural scientists responsible     and managers responsible for     professionals from various
involved in topics directly or    legal and international          for or involved in planning,       planning, developing and         academic backgrounds active
indirectly related to water       relations experts and (social)   developing and                     implementing water resources     in the water services sector
management and from the           geographers interested in        implementation of water            projects and programmes.         and involved in the planning,
water sector or other relevant    local, national and              quality policies, strategies and   Affinity with quantitative       developing and managing of
sectors as well as diplomats,     international water              programmes. Affinity with          methods, such as statistical     water supply and/or sanitation
UN staff or other professionals   management.                      chemistry and biology is           analysis, is required for this   policies, strategies and
working for international                                          required for this thematic         thematic profile.                programmes.
organizations or NGOs.                                             profile.

Topics                            Topics                           Topics                             Topics                           Topics
• Water Management and            • Water Management and           • Water Management and             • Water Management and           • Water Management and
  Governance                        Governance                       Governance                         Governance                       Governance
• Water Conflict                  • Water Conflict                 • Water Quality Monitoring         • Water Economics                • Managing Water
  Management                        Management                       and Assessment                   • Water Resources                  Organizations
• Water Economics                 • Institutional Analysis         • Water and Environmental            Assessment                     • Environmental
• Water and Environmental         • Water Resources Planning         Law                              • Water Systems Analysis           Management and Water
  Law                             • Water and Environmental        • Aquatic Ecosystems                 and Modelling                    Services
• Water Resources Planning          Law                              Processes and Applications       • Water Resources Planning       • Finance in the Water
                                  • Urban Water Governance         • Wetlands for Water Quality       • IWRM as a Tool for               Sector
                                                                   • Environmental Planning             Adaptation to Climate          • Partnerships for Water
                                                                     and Implementation                 Change                           Supply and Sanitation
                                                                                                                                       • Urban Water Governance

This specialization is jointly    Delft-based MSc thematic         Delft-based MSc thematic           Delft-based MSc thematic         Delft-based MSc thematic
offered with the University       profile                          profile                            profile                          profile
for Peace, Costa Rica and
Oregon State University,

The Tailor made study profile offers the possibility               on career possibilities and assist them in selecting
for students to compose their own study trajectory                 a suitable tailor-made study profile. The coaches
within the Water Management and Governance                         have extensive knowledge of the needs of the water
Master Programme. After a foundation phase                         sector in various parts of the world and student's
during which students are exposed to the different                 employers will be consulted in the process when
disciplines involved in the water management                       needed. Prospective water management students
domain, students can compile a study profile from                  may wish to compile a study profile from a wide
a wide range of available courses and variety of                   range of available courses and variety of thesis
thesis research topics to ensure that the educational              research topics to ensure that the educational
programme is fully aligned with their professional                 programme is fully aligned with their professional
needs. They will be guided in this process by                      needs. The prospective students may have bachelor
professional coaches who will encourage students                   or master degrees in Engineering, Natural and
to reflect on their knowledge and skills, advise them              Social sciences, Arts, Law, Geography etc.

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