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Deadline for 2017-2018 applications: May 31

The call for applications for the 2017-2018 Water Without Borders (WWB) graduate programme is now open for students interested in issues of water without borders; geopolitical or disciplinary.

WWB is a collaboration between the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) and McMaster University. It runs alongside a graduate degree programme at McMaster University and is open to graduate students in all faculties and departments.

Two current WWB students – Faria Faiz and Jorge Sanchez Perez – offered their perspectives on the programme. Faria is enrolled in the McMaster Master of Arts in Globalisation Studies, and Jorge is doing his PhD in Philosophy.

Faria says she applied for Water Without Borders to get more out of her year at McMaster. “The Programme complements my interest and desire for community development and the sustainable development of natural resources.”

Jorge applied to WWB to further his interest in human rights and public policies that enable human rights to become a tool to improve human life. “When it comes to water, I noticed how the human right to access it – although fundamental for our existence – was not given the proper place in the political debates of our times. This lead me to the programme WWB, where a strong line-up of lecturers provides the students with a multidisciplinary approach to deal with the different problems that water-related public policies face.”

Faria explains that her WWB work has related well to her core course on Globalisation Studies. “Both programmes have a strong focus on the complex political, social, economic, cultural, discursive and theoretical developments related to the processes of globalisation and how these come to bear upon our lives, our communities, and the environment in which we live,” she says.

“The ability to collaborate across diverse disciplines and creatively problem-solve using different perspectives will distinguish the water thought-leaders of tomorrow. Both programmes offer a multidisciplinary learning environment and explore various topics relating to issues surrounding water.”

What advice do these students have for potential candidates for WWB 2017-2018? Faria strongly encourages anyone interested to apply. “This programme will inspire you to innovate and immerse yourself in an entrepreneurial mindset, and to grow and learn with your peers, who share your passion for water research. It will furnish different approaches to learning and provide students with an opportunity to gain practical field skills to deal with issues of water… The small class size, combined with a community atmosphere, fosters a unique sense of teamwork among the students and faculty. It will be a great learning journey.”

Jorge advises prospective WWB students to keep an open mind. “Successfully completing this programme will allow you to contribute solutions to the challenges we all face together, as humans.”

For more information on Water Without Borders, and to view the Booklet which shows highlights from the field trip to Ghana, please go to