The UN Environment GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre at UCC has attracted students from 12 countries for its new Postgraduate Diploma in Freshwater Quality Monitoring and Assessment.
The new, online programme, which runs over two years, has recruited 20 students from 10 African countries and two Caribbean countries.
Developed with funding to the UN Environment GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre, a Centre of the School of BEES and the ERI, the programme aims to support countries in establishing or improving their freshwater quality monitoring systems.
“We have been both surprised and extremely pleased to see the level of interest from low-income countries in this new online programme. For most of our students this is a totally new approach to learning, but they are enthusiastic and keen to take on the challenge,” said Dr Deborah V Chapman, Director, UNEP GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre, UCC.
The new Postgraduate Diploma has been developed after consultation with low-income countries, primarily in Africa, and in Latin America and the Caribbean, about their needs to improve national efforts to monitor freshwater quality.