Global Sanitation Graduate School (GSGS)

The Global Sanitation Graduate School is a platform to facilitate the development and empower the dissemination of knowledge on sanitation through postgraduate (MSc) programs, online (self-study and instructor-led) courses, face-to-face (on-campus) courses and tailor-made training so that the sanitation challenges can be embraced with deeper insight, advanced knowledge, and greater confidence. It also provides an enabling environment with a vibrant community of professionals who have completed one or more educational or training courses offered by members of the School. The School offers a variety of course materials as open courseware. Please note that the actual enrollment on a course, program or training courses can only take place via the providers' official website and associated application procedures. Links are provided. Contact: Prof. Damir Brdjanovic, PhD (

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Universidad Tecnol贸gica del Uruguay received the GSGS Partner Award

At the event linked with the launch of the Postgraduate program in Sanitation and Sanitary Engineering at Universidad Tecnol贸gica del Uruguay (UTEC), Rector Rodolfo Silveira received the GSGS Partner Award in recognition of UTEC鈥檚 outstanding contribution to the Global Sanitation Graduate School and for developing and implementing education and research in the field of sanitation in Uruguay and in the region.

Jos茅 Luis Inglese received the GSGS Ambassador Award

At the occasion linked with the Global Sanitation Graduate School Latin America Summit 2022, Emeritus Professor Jos茅 Luis Inglese from Argentina was awarded the first GSGS Ambassador Award. The Award recognizes the exceptional and significant contribution of an individual to the mission and vision of the Global Sanitation Graduate School. Prof. Inglese serves as a Board member of the MSc in Sanitation Program of IHE Delft Institute for Water Education since the start of the program, and is actively facilitating the expansion of the GSGS and sanitation education and research to Argentina and Latin America generously sharing his immense network, knowledge and experience. 聽Among other posts, Prof. Inglese served as the Chairman of the Board of Aguas y Saneamientos Argentinos – AySA, and is Plenary Member of the National Academy of Engineering-Argentina, Member of the Strategic Council of the International Water Association – IWA, and Elect President of Inter-American Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering 鈥 AIDIS.

Ambitious plans for GSGS expansion to Latin America and Caribbean

Delegates from 20 countries and 30 universities met in Montevideo at the Global Sanitation Graduate School Latin America Summit 2022 to discuss the dissemination of the Delft-based sanitation curricula in South and Central America and Caribbean. The event was linked with the premier launch of the Postgraduate program in Sanitation and Sanitary Engineering at Universidad Tecnol贸gica del Uruguay (UTEC). A great networking opportunity created new ideas, synergies, and possibilities for the further expansion of the Global Sanitation Graduate School to this region and discussions held in English, Spanish and Portuguese were both fruitful and entertaining. Delegates from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, San Salvador, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia and Uruguay were welcomed by the video address of Dr. Roshan Shrestha, Deputy Director, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

GSGS opens a new chapter in Latin America at UTEC Uruguay

10 March 2022. Universidad Tecnol贸gica del Uruguay (UTEC) and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education joined forces in designing a new MSc Program in Sanitation and Sanitary Engineering which addresses the citywide inclusive sanitation challenges of Uruguay and of the region. The new program has been launched at ceremony in Montevideo and is a joint effort of a large team headed by the UTEC Board members Rodolfo Silveira, Graciela Do Mato and Andr茅s D. Gil, and Ernesto Pecoits, and IHE Delft staff Hector Garcia and Damir Brdjanovic. It is the premier launch of the new sanitation curriculum in the framework of GSGS in Latin America. The program contains 10 courses and a research phase of different duration leading to a professional or research master degree. The launch was attended by Honorable Adri谩n Pe帽a, Minister of Environment of Uruguay and many high-level individuals from water sector, IHE Delft alumni in Uruguay and guests from more than 20 South and Central American countries and Caribbean. The premier edition of the program will be intensively supported by sanitation staff of IHE Delft and the first lectures are planned for May 2022.


Global Sanitation Graduate School launches the GSGS Keynote Series dealing with hot topics about City-wide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS). Starting on Wednesday, 26 January 2022, the premier GSGS Keynote Series edition will feature Prof. Mark C.M. van Loosdrecht, Ph.D., and Mr. Rene Noppeney, MSc, MBA, who will share their views on innovation development, going all the way from an early idea to a fully commercialized technology. GSGS Keynote Series will be broadcasted monthly, each time hosted by another university. It will cover a wide range of speakers and CWIS topics.


In the course of 2021, 24 universities from Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are delivering the IHE Delft-based MSc in Sanitation curriculum with 557 master’s students inscribed, of which 80 have graduated so far. Another 13 universities are scheduled to launch the program in 2022, including the first launch in Latin America. In addition, 239 students are inscribed in Graduate Professional Diploma Program (GPDP) in Sanitation, and 73 have earned their diploma already. So far, we have reached more than 2,000 sanitation professionals who completed one or more of GSGS online courses in city-wide inclusive sanitation (CWIS).


The third cohort of MSc in Sanitation graduated yesterday at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in front of the large audience of guest, friends, staff and 13 new students of the new cohort. After the formal ceremony festivities continued in Delft. Sincere congratulations to all fresh champions in developing and implementing sanitation!


The winner of the Best MSc in Sanitation Thesis 2021 is Ms. Niharika Sharma with thesis “Impact of Adding Agricultural Waste on Fuel Potential of Faecal Sludge”. Congratulations Niharika and your supervisory team!

In 2014, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and Global Sanitation Graduate School introduced the award for the best master thesis on sanitation addressing the challenges in the field. The award enables the winner to remain for couple of months longer at host university and to transfer the thesis findings into open journal publication. It also facilitates presentation of the research at appropriate conference.



Water Supply and Sanitation Infrastructure Management MSc Program at Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) Insonesia, held a graduation ceremony for 4 students of GSGS from the first batch; Ms. Saffanah Gumilangsari, Ms. Happy Tesyana Widodo, Ms. Adelya Nurul Fitri, and Ms. Wika Maulany Fatimah. The certificate of GSGS was handed to the graduates by Mr. Ahmad Soleh as the Coordinator of GSGS Program. GSGS Trophy was given as a souvenir by Head of WSSIM, Mr. Chaerul. Congratulations!

GSGS welcomes new member – Institute of Water and Sanitation Development (IWSD), Zimbabwe

Institute of Water and Sanitation Development is not for profit, thus it is a non-governmental development co-operation organization registered in Zimbabwe and South Africa as a Private Voluntary Organization supporting the achievement of sustainable development and management of water resources, water supply, sanitation, and hygiene in the Southern Africa Region. IWSD supports government entities, development agencies, water utilities, water users and related institutions through activities that enhance institutional roles and create an enabling environment for effective delivery.

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GSGS @ the Online ADB Sanitation Dialogue 2021

The Online ADB Sanitation Dialogue 2021 (ASD 2021) is the prime platform for sanitation practitioners, decision-makers and policymakers, and development partners to convene and discuss the challenges, solutions, and strategies that will lead to systemic change toward inclusive sanitation. ASD 2021 is an opportunity to raise awareness and action on increasing access to sanitation that is safe, equitable, sustainable, and inclusive. The aim is to flush away business as usual and ensure that investments are directed toward communities who need interventions the most. Prof. Brdjanovic will present the GSGS at the final webinar, entitled Why We聽Need聽to Think Differently about Sanitation? on 22 April 2021, Thursday 鈥 1:00鈥2:30 p.m. (Manila time, GMT +8). Registration to the event is open now!



3rd cohort of 17 students started MSc in Sanitation in Delft

IHE Delft celebrated opening of the academic year 2020-2021 which included 17 MSc in Sanitation students. This year, beside BMGF scholarships (7), other donors supported our program (Dutch Orange Knowledge Program – 6, Joint Japan World Bank Scholarship Program – 3 and Rotary – 1). The graduation will take place in October 2021. We wish good luck to all!

My first journal paper – a story of alumnus Patrick Ronoh

Global Partnerships of Laboratories for Faecal Sludge Analysis launch its communication channel

The channel is public and you can join via the following link聽

Courses, programs and training

The Global Sanitation Graduate School provides access to high-quality graduate educational products on sanitation in one place. It assembles programs, courses and training materials from internationally renowned top sanitation educators, such as the new MSc course on Sanitation, several Graduate Professional Diploma Programs, a large number of instructor-led and self-study online courses (including MOOCs), specialized laboratory courses and tailor-made courses. Please take a look below and find a product that fits your needs and matches your expectations.

Stories from the field

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, IHE Delft and their partners invite alumni members of the Global Sanitation Graduate School to share examples from their professional lives that demonstrate how they have used and/or applied knowledge gained from their participation in the Alliance鈥檚 activities. Find more on how to submit your story here.

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Meet our alumni

Every scholar who has completed one or more educational or training courses offered by the Global Sanitation Graduate School will join a vibrant community of alumni. In addition, the database includes many course instructors, teachers, and supervisors.

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