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Sustainability in higher education: clean water

- QS | Quacquarelli Symonds

In this series, QS has been exploring the innovative and inspiring work being done by higher education institutions to address UN Sustainable Development Goals.

For its second article in the series, QS is celebrating 100 years of academic and research excellence at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa – particularly the institution’s dedication to addressing UN Sustainable Development Goal 6: clean water and sanitation for all at CIWaRD.

What is CIWaRD?

At the Centre in Water Research and Development (CIWaRD), the goal is to foster and support water-based research at Wits University from the perspective of the global South. 

According to Craig Sheridan, director at CIWaRD, the centre “supports and develops the network of academics in the university, with the long-term goal being to raise funding to further support water-based research.”

He adds: “The centre currently supports (and its members conduct) research in all aspects of water – from riparian ecology to treating acid mine drainage, from understanding and responding to the sanitation challenges, to environmental law, through the lens of the global South.” 

The role of Wits University in CIWaRD is to provide the physical infrastructure, such as laboratories and lecture theatres, as well as an environment in which academics and researchers can conduct their water-based research with freedom and autonomy.  

Read the full article: Sustainability in higher education: clean water with the University of the Witwatersrand