On 12 and 13 November 2012, the President of Rotary International Mr. Tanaka visited UNESCO-IHE. He was accompanied by a group of high-level Rotarians from various districts. The Rotarians were very keen on meeting the 9 professionals who recently started an MSc programme with a Rotary scholarship.
After a brief introduction of Rector Szöllösi-Nagy on the Institute's history and where we stand now, the group discussed the global water challenges ahead of us. The potential of a collaboration between UNESCO-IHE and Rotary in contributing to solutions for these challenges was recognized by both parties.
This visit by the Rotary President and his delegation shows Rotary's involvement in water, in particular related to peace.
President Tanaka believes in giving professionals from developing countries the opportunity to address specific water problems in their country.
After a short tour through the Institute past Gil Garcetti's photo exhibition and the laboratory where students were testing their research, the 9 scholars, UNESCO-IHE staff and Rotarians got to know each other better during an informal gathering. The scholars expressed the benefits the Rotary network has to offer for young professionals with regard to education, training and cultural experiences.
UNESCO-IHE is looking forward to a fruitful partnership to increase the ranks in trained water professionals.
Interview with Rotary President Tanaka
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