International River Basin Management (Subject ENEN90037)
Call for Expressions of Interest
“International River Basin Management” (Subject ENEN90037) is an elective postgraduate subject organized jointly between the University of Melbourne and Tsinghua University in China, and is worth 12.5 points. The objective of joint organisation is to foster mutually beneficial interaction between staff and students at Melbourne and Tsinghua Universities. Review of case studies of river basin management drawn from Australian and, Chinese experience are an important component of the Subject. The Case studies in 2014 will focus on the Murray Darling and Yellow River Basins.
This subject aims to equip students coming from a wide range of disciplines including environmental science, social science, natural resource management, economics, law, water management and engineering with a whole-of-system approach to managing the complex, co-evolved social-ecological systems encompassed in a river basin.
The Subject involves 2 weeks of intensive activities from 14 to 27 July 2014.
Week 1: 14 to 18 July 2014 includes simultaneous delivery of lectures to students located in both Melbourne and Beijing (Tsinghua) using electronic facilities. The lectures will be delivered from either Melbourne or Tsinghua Universities:
· The lectures will be delivered by a range of academic disciplinary specialists supported by experienced practitioners with a depth of knowledge of the management issues and reforms facing the Murray Darling and Yellow River Basins.
Week 2: 19 to 27 July 2014 involves a field trip in China starting at the Tsinghua Campus in Beijing and progressing to important sites in the Yellow River Basin.
Understanding China, the world’s second largest economy and likely the world’s largest before 2030 is important to the futures of both our countries. Environmental challenges continue to constrain economic growth and cause public health issues. Many of the environmental problems in China are of global significance and require solutions beyond its borders. Political and cultural differences between China and other countries pose new challenges and opportunities for reform of river basin management to achieve more sustainable futures.
The Subject “International River Basin Management” is supported by Tsinghua University, and the Australia China Joint Research Centre on River Basin Management at the University of Melbourne. Australian students’ costs in China (accommodation, meals and domestic travel) will be covered by Tsinghua University. The costs of Australian students’ international air tickets and visa applications will be substantially subsidized by the University of Melbourne through the Australia China Joint Research Centre on River Basin Management.
An expression of interest for the Subject should be submitted to Professor John Langford, Department of Infrastructure Engineering email:email@example.com by Friday 15 June 2014.
The Expression of Interest should include:
· description of your Bachelor degree and current postgraduate course; plus
· a concise statement setting out why this subject on International River Basin Management will contribute to your future career.
For further information about this subject https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/2014/ENEN90037
About Australia China Joint Research Centre on River Basin Management: http://www.eng.unimelb.edu.au/research/centres/aust-china/about/
About Tsinghua University: http://www.tsinghua.edu.cn/publish/then/