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Urban Water and Sanitation Engineering (UWE)

Scope of the program

Since there is an urgent need for water and sanitation engineering specialist to address the problems of providing adequate water supplies, and design and management of urban drainage with water and wastewater treatment facilities, the Master program of Water and Environmental Engineering creates new specialization calls Urban Water and Sanitation Engineering. This new specialization aims to produce highly capable human resources to operate and manage water supply and wastewater treatment and sewage system. The program will provide students with an in-depth knowledge of how to deliver effective modern water supply and sanitation engineering as well as produce highly capable human resources to design, operate and manage water supply wastewater services. The students will learn to deal with technical aspects of drinking water treatment and distribution, as well as sewage collection and treatment (on- and off-site), in an integrated way, design the treatment plant and pay attention to the choice of technologies and services. They will be able to manage the utility function of a supply and treatment plant. The program will also train the practitioners, technical persons and decision-makers who have limited capacity to become experts with strong management and responsible leadership of a development project. Once students have successfully completed this program, they will obtain a position in the wider social, economic and environmental contexts of urbanization and municipal water and infrastructure services provision. This program aims also to provide students with the tools and knowledge to contribute to the development of innovative approaches to the provision of sustainable and equitable municipal water, sanitation, environmental and infrastructure services in developing and transition countries.


Program and Synopsis

UWE is a specialization under Master program of Water and Environmental Engineering. It is a full-time graduate program developed for all nationalities. The total number of credit requirement is 55 credits including course work, thesis and publication. In the last semester of final year, students will be required to do research with his/her supervisor at ITC or to have a professional internship at a public or private institution which is working on the related field of specialization. In order to graduate from this program successfully, the student is required to have a publication which can be scientific journal publication or scientific conference with full-paper and presentation. This program is eligible for ITC student and Non-ITC student which details as following


Career possibilities

After graduation, the student will become civil water supply and sanitary engineers working in water supply and waste-water companies, municipal assemblies, government ministries and consulting companies dealing with water supply, sanitation and municipal infrastructure.

Program Support

UWE, is supported by an EU/AFD project from 2018 to 2022. The students can apply to the EU/AFD scholarship program which particularly given to UWE. In the academic year 2018-2019, EU/AFD project provides the scholarship to 15 ITC students (M2) and 11 Non-ITC (M1) students. The scholarship covers the tuition fee, mobility program to a partner university in Europe or Japan or ASEAN countries, research fund, and book allowance. A consultation workshop on Curriculum Development for Master of Water and Environmental Engineering Specialized in Urban Water and Sanitation Engineering was conducted on 12 June 2018 at ITC under support from EU/AFD project. There were more than 50 participants from relevant government ministers/institutions, universities, research institutions, NGOs, private sector. The keys objectives of the workshop were:














The curriculum of UWE was consulted with the partner universities/research institutions through the collaborative project supported Erasmus+ Program of the European Union, WANASEA: Strengthen the production, management and outreach capacities of research in the field of WAter and NAtural resources in South-East Asia, WaSo, UWP. UWE curriculum is improved with series of consultation with different stakeholders including universities, École d’Ingénieurs, private companies and NGOs:,

Research units water and environment of RIC-ITC

ensgti-Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour
ENSC-University of Rennes
ENSI-Poitiers University
ensil-ensci-Limoges University 
Agro ParisTech

G-eau lab



International Office for Water


Institut de Technologie du Cambodge

Faculty of Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering

Dr. KET Pinnara

Tel: +855 78900477



•    To present the background and the new development of the master program structure to the relevant and important stakeholders for the elaboration of a detailed curriculum;

•    To gather constructive ideas from the stakeholders such as identifying the most important issues and the gap between theory and practices in water supply and sanitation in the region and particularly in Cambodia

•    To use ideas and suggestions as inputs to improve the curriculum.

•    To announce this new master program to the public through stakeholder participation and through media and other means as widely as possible.

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