Exciting Times!

Malawi has a population of 18 million people, where 90% of them rely on groundwater for their potable water supply. Yet no universities offer hydrogeology specialty programs. This is about to change! We are currently working to sign agreements with 4 to 5 universities, to work collaboratively for them to offer MSc or BSc programs, complete with field school in the future. This is what we were meant to do.

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Sponsorship for Tuition Required

A colleague in Tanzania has a hydrogeology degree yet lacks the practical skills that keep him from fully participating in helping other hydrogeology students at Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania. He applied to a month-long field skills training program that Groundwater Relief is presenting in Uganda, and was granted a scholarship worth half of the tuition, based on the strength of his career goals and what he has achieved already. We are collecting additional funds in support of his tuition, the goal being $C3,400. As of the date of publication, we are halfway to achieving this goal. If you feel inclined to donate to this worthwhile cause, please use the ATB Cares button!

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Support Appeal

In support of Tanzania’s Sokoine University of Agriculture’s new MSc program in Hydrogeology and Water Resources Management, UniWater is raising funds for supply of a submercible pump and electrical connection to enable them to provide hands-on training for their students. Our goal is $15,000 (Can). Please donate as little/as much as you can using the ATB Cares button. All donations will be provided with a tax receipt.

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Teaching Assistance Offered

It is heart-warming to see the response of 10 professors to help teach the MSc program in Hydrogeology and Water Resources Management at the University of Zimbabwe. These professors are active in their careers, and hail from Canada, USA, UK, Cameroon, India, Egypt and South Africa. Thank you to all!

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Solinst Donation

It is with great pleasure that we received a generous donation from Solinst Canada Ltd for groundwater monitoring equipment for our partnering university Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania. SUA has plans for their first field school in May and are very excited to be able to have these state-of-the-art instruments with which to teach their students. Thanks very much Solinst!

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The Groundwater Project

UniWater and The Groundwater Project are now joined at the hip! Laurra Olmsted, our Executive Director, has been appointed as the Team Lead for Africa Education at the GW-Project. In this manner, Laurra is able to feed ideas into GW-Project on how to best tailor the on-line hydrogeological resources to applications for use in African universities. Please see www.GW-Project.org for more information on the free resources available globally.

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Geophysical Equipment Needed in Africa!

UniWater is looking to source geophysical equipment used to conduct electrical surveys for a Field School at Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania. If you, or someone you know, is willing to donate new or gently used equipment, please contact Laurra Olmsted at lolmsted@uniwatered.org

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Classes have begun in Tanzania!

It is with incredible excitement that we can finally announce that our partnering university, Sokoine University of Agriculture, in Tanzania started classes in the first module of their MSc in Hydrogeology and Water Resources Management. This is the first of many universities who are trying to get to this point. The inaugural cohort of students numbers 4 in total, with another 4 students from a related MSc program joining them in some classes. The HWRM program is two years in duration.

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Classes beginning

The MSc program in Hydrogeology and Water Resources Management is set to begin in November 2020 at Aksum University in northern Ethiopia.  UniWater Education is partnering with them to provide assistance with establishing their Field School and coordinating visiting professors from the University of California Santa Barbara and the University of Toronto.  The Groundwater Project’s (www.gw-project.org) inaugural publications related to ‘anything groundwater’ will be used as an online resource (free of charge to anyone wishing to access these books).

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Partnering with Aksum University

In November 2019, UniWater Education signed an agreement with Aksum University in northern Ethiopia to support them in establishing an MSc program in Hydrogeology and Water Resources Management.  The program will be housed at the School of Water Technology at the Shire campus.  The university currently has more than 21,000 students at both a bachelor and masters level, and is one of the ten public “second generation” universities in Ethiopia.  The School of Water Technology is an emerging water-specialized academic and research institute, serving the development of water infrastructure for water security, food security, energy security and ecosystem services by education and research. The new MSc program will be supported by visiting professors from other universities (currently the University of Toronto Scarborough, and the University of California Santa Barbara) for the first three years while staff members complete their studies as PhD candidates.  Of critical importance in this relationship is the establishment of a Field School, where students learn to put theory into practice.  Aksum University will be offering a number of scholarships for top quality applicants. UniWater is excited to help Aksum University to get this program established as soon as possible.

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