The Water Cooperation and Diplomacy Programme is delivered by UPEACE, UN-IHE, and OSU. The overall program is designed to be completed in 17 months.
Participants attend the common and core taught element of the programme in all three institutions, starting with UPEACE, then UN-IIHE and OSU. They will focus on different areas at each institution.
An important element of the programme at OSU is the collaborative project undertaken by the students jointly as a group. This research project may be conducted within the scope of activities of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) as part of the ICIWaRM*. Completion of the collaborative project will reinforce the conceptual and theoretical background provided earlier in the programme, give students an opportunity to experience an interdisciplinary working environment, and help prepare them for real-world collaboration on water-related projects.
*ICIWaRM is a UNESCO Category 2 Research Centre headquartered at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Institute for Water Resources (IWR) in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. It is a consortium of U.S. government agencies, universities, and non-governmental organizations committed to working together in support of the strategic program objectives of UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme (IHP). OSU is an academic partner of ICIWaRM; UNESCO-IHE is an International partner.
All students will conduct research, which will be done throughout the duration of the programme. Students will be awarded an MA from UPeace, an MS from OSU, and and an MSc from UN-IHE. As the programme matures, all three institutions will work together to convert it to a joint degree within a reasonable timeline.
As part of the collaborative project at OSU, all students will jointly develop an “applied thesis” centred on a common geographic location. Then students will extend the group work into individual theses. Each student will develop her/his thesis with advisors from any of the three participating universities.”