Global Sanitation Graduate School

In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, IHE Delft has launched a new Master of Science Program in Sanitation. While the program is currently only available at IHE Delft in the Netherlands, in the near future the program will also be adopted by universities in Asia, Africa and Latin America as a part of the recently established Global Sanitation Graduate School. As soon as the program transfer takes place and becomes available at partner institutions, it will be announced on this website. Besides this new MSc program, the Global Sanitation Graduate School is intended to include any other program that focuses primarily, or at least in a substantial part, on non-sewered sanitation. Please note that the actual enrollment on a Master program can only take place via the institutions' official websites and associated application procedures. The links are provided below.


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and IHE Delft launch Global Sanitation Graduate School


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education have agreed to launch the Global Sanitation Graduate School, an initiative to transfer new curricula and course materials on non-sewered sanitation to at least 30 universities in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Global Sanitation Graduate School’s mandate is to ensure transfer and exchange of educational materials and to support the capacity building of universities in countries where students do not have regular access to advanced level courses in sanitation. At the heart of the initiative is the recently launched Master of Science in Sanitation program at IHE Delft. The program is focused on the delivery of sanitation services to urban communities in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Upon completion of the program curriculum, the modern sanitation practices can be embraced with deeper insight, advanced knowledge and greater confidence.

The initiative is gender sensitive and aims to attract women and men from diverse backgrounds in acknowledgement of the diversity and complexity of challenges in urban sanitation worldwide. The agreement stimulates cooperation between universities and sanitation experts, and guarantees delivery of at least 1,000 well-educated sanitation experts. The grant period covers 5 years and has been signed on 3 August 2018.

Programs on offer

The Delft-based Master of Science in Sanitation is currently the only graduate program entirely dedicated to non-sewered sanitation. In the near future this program will be adopted/adapted by dozens of universities worldwide and respective programs will be added to the list below. You can also find here some international MSc programs which are dealing with sanitation engineering and management in a developing context.

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Prof. Damir Brdjanovic, PhD

Founder and Director │Global Sanitation Graduate School

If your institution provides a Master (or Bachelor) level program in the field of sanitation (or sanitary engineering in a developing context) not listed above or is interested in adopting/adapting the Delft-based MSc program, please contact me.