Water Resources Education and Research at a Model HBCU Water Resources Center

by Victor I. Okereke, Central State Univ, Wilberforce, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems


Central State University has the nations only fullfledged degree program in water resources management at the undergraduate level. The program was founded on the assumption that water resources management can and should be taught at the undergraduate level as well as at the graduate level; that the best solutions to any water resources problem must address the technical, as well as the political, social, cultural and economic aspects of the problem. The International Center for Water Resources Management (ICWRM) at Central State University has been very successful in blending all these aspects of water resources problems into an acclaimed undergraduate program. In this paper, the author describes this unique program, its successes as well as its pioneering efforts in educating minorities in the water resources field. It is hoped that the success of this Center at Central State University will serve as a model that can be implemented in other parts of the country.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Hydrologic models | Education | Engineering education | Hydraulic engineering | Undergraduate study | Political factors | Social factors

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