You will learn how to deal with integrated lowland development and management, including the required policies and approaches, the resulting plans and planning, and the actual design, implementation, operation, maintenance and management of the required programmes and projects.
Starts: Annually in February
Duration: 24 months
Locations: Sriwijaya University, Palembang, Indonesia and UNESCO-IHE, Delft, the Netherlands
Lowlands can be found all over the world, along the coasts, in river floodplains and as inland depressions. Generally they are sensitive areas with a high ecological value by nature. Most of the lowlands in Indonesia are still in their natural state. Parts have been reclaimed, primarily for agricultural land use. Urbanisation and industrialisation take place, especially in the lowlands in densely populated areas. Because of population growth, the increase in standard of living, the need for food, and the on-going urbanisation, the Indonesian government is putting a lot of effort in the future development of the lowlands based on an integrated approach. There is a shortage of skilled staff, so the Indonesian government, through its National Development Planning Agency BAPPENAS, requested the Sriwijaya University in Palembang, South Sumatra, to develop this programme jointly with UNESCO-IHE.
The specialization in Integrated Lowland and Development and Management Planning aims at civil, agricultural and environmental engineers or equivalent, who are already specialized in water management (irrigation, drainage) or in integrated lowland development or management.
Participants for the ILDM programme, hold a bachelor (S1) degree of relevant fields that may contribute to the integrated lowlands development and management, e.g. civil, agricultural, or environmental engineering, or an equivalent degree. Moreover, prospective students have an academic index of 2.75 at bachelor (S1) degree or higher, and should be willing to work in fields relevant to his/her degree upon completion of the programme.
Successful students will be able to:
- Develop the required policies and approaches for integrated lowland development and management;
- Design the necessary plans and make a planning for their implementation;
- Operate, maintain and manage the required programmes and projects for sustainable integrated lowland development.
Successful graduates will obtain UNSRI's MSc degree in Integrated Lowland Management and UNESCO-IHE's MSc degree in Water Science and Engineering with the Hydraulic Engineering - Land and Water Development specialization.
Interested persons apply for admission with UNSRI. Academic screening is jointly done by UNSRI and UNESCO-IHE. Pre-selection will be done by UNSRI and final selection by UNSRI and UNESCO-IHE. More information about the admission can be found on UNSRI's website.
Sriwijaya University (UNSRI)
In the 1950's there was a wish to create a university in South Sumatra. The idea became an agreement to form a committee called: 'Panitia Fakultet Sumatera Selatan'. At the end of 1952 it was determined that the first faculty to be established would be the Faculty of Economy. The graduate programme of Srivijaya was established in 1996 and its Doctoral Degree programme started in 2001.
The UNSRI offers 14 Masters Degree Programmes, including Civil Engineering. It also offers three Doctoral Degree Programmes, including Agriculture Sciences and Environmental Sciences. The Master Programme on Environmental Management has three main concentrations: Natural Resources Management, Environmental Biology, and Integrated Lowland Management.
Programme structure and contents
The 24-month ILDM programme predominantly takes place at Sriwijaya University during the first year and at UNESCO-IHE during the second year.
Subjects at Sriwijaya (February - September)
- Environmental Sciences
- Environmental Value and ethics
- Environmental Law
- Environmental Sociology
- Resource Economics
- Research Method
- Lowland Hydrology
- Soil and Water Data Collection, Monitoring Evaluation
- Managing, Organization and Change in Lowland Schemes
- Integrated Aspects of Lowland Management
- Environmental Management System
The programme in Indonesia will be completed by groupwork.
Subjects at UNESCO-IHE (October - May)
- Introduction to Water Science Engineering
- Hydrology and Hydraulics
- Introduction to Land and Water Development / Geoscience
- Water Management Systems and Agronomy I
- Water Management Systems and Agronomy II
- Aspects of irrigation and Drainage
- Service Oriented Management of Irrigation Systems
- Conveyance Systems
After completing these modules, the students start their field work activities in the Netherlands. In June, the students return to Indonesia for field trips, groupwork and preparing their MSc thesis. The students will come back to the Netherlands in November, for the finalisation of their thesis and the graduation.