Due to climate change and the growth of the world population in delta areas, we face urgent social issues. Within the master River Delta Development, you will develop knowledge and competencies of delta technology, practice-oriented research, and transitions, with the aim of safeguarding welfare and prosperity for future generations. You will become a facilitator of change for river deltas. In this study program, three universities of applied sciences combine their complementing expertise in the fields of coastal regions, river systems, and urban water. This will provide you with insight into how the different component systems operate, how they relate to each other, and how the delta functions as a cohesive system. By focusing on the international context, you will learn how to apply this knowledge in deltas around the world.
Close involvement with the work field
A significant driving force behind the development of the River Delta Development Master’s program is the demand in the field for facilitators of change: professionals who think and work in constructive, integrated ways, have the knowledge of transitional processes and can create connections within the water sector and beyond. The work field makes it clear that this degree program is meeting this societal need.
Facilitators of change in delta zones
As a facilitator of change, the challenge is to decrease the vulnerability of river deltas while simultaneously increasing the opportunities for healthy economic and ecological development. In the Master’s program River Delta Development, these developments are viewed as transitions: progressive, complex changes and adjustments in river delta systems that demand professionals who can intervene effectively. Versatile delta professionals are required, who not only have knowledge of river delta systems (coasts, seas, and rivers) and the latest developments but also possess the necessary research and communication skills to make meaningful contributions to these transitions.
The English-taught program River Delta Development is a unique joint degree offered by three universities of applied sciences with complementing expertise in the field of water: HZ University of Applied Sciences (coastal regions), Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences (river systems), and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (urban water).
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