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Masterclass in Water Management

The Masterclass in Water Management is a programme designed for water professionals that want to operate more effectively in complex planning, policy and decision making processes that they are dealing with. Professionals who want to tackle water related challenges by crafting solutions with respect for natural water cycles, meet the demands of society and are implementable in today’s multi-level governance systems.

As part of this Masterclass, you will engage with crucial water management related issues and learn how to implement effective decisions with input from many different stakeholders.

This Masterclass carries credits towards the Online Action Learning MBA or International Action Learning MBA with a major in Water Management

Orange Knowledge Programme Scholarships

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The Masterclass in Water Management covers the following topics:
  • Introduction to the world of water management
  • Integrated water resource management
  • Global and regional approaches to water management
  • Financial planning and management of limited resources
  • Influence water demand, usage and conservation (sustainable environment)
  • Asset management
Features of the Masterclass in Water Management at BSN
  • English
  • Practical approach
  • Close collaboration with fellow students
  • Maximum 18 participants per group to ensure personal attention
  • You hold a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent. This is only required should you wish to carry credits towards an MBA with a major in Water Management with BSN
  • It would be advantageous if you currently are a manager, management trainee or hold a similar managerial or professional position in an organisation dealing with water management;
  • You hold at least two years of relevant professional work experience;
  • You have a good command of the English language, enabling you to take part in English spoken courses;


Module 1: General Introduction and the Global Picture  
  • An overview of world water resources.
  • Overview of the stakeholders and challenges the industry faces
  • Exploring Sustainable Development Goals especially in terms of water
  • Supply and demand considerations
Module 2: From a Global to a more Regional and Local Perspective 
  • Understanding the challenges facing urban, semi-urban and rural consumers of water
  • Impact of climate change on water stakeholders
  • Learning how to select the appropriate technology for your approach
Module 3: Daily Practice: Asset Management, Planning and Institutional Development
  • Reducing water loss and increasing system efficiency
Module 4: Finance, Communications and Collaboration 
  • Generating sufficient revenue to sustain operations
Module 5: Integration: Case-pitches of Group Work, Experts’ Panel Feedback
  • Learning how to design the system to provide a sustained level of service at the lowest life cycle cost.
Module 6: Open Module
  • This module is designed to be open and flexible to allow for the opportunity to focus on your unique challenges and opportunities in your region or field of expertise

Start Dates 2023

08 February 2023

10 May 2023 

12 October 2023 


Every Tuesday at 14:00 – 17:00 – 6 weeks


EUR 1000 once off


EUR 525 x 2 terms


  • Study material (articles and abstracts)
Lead Facilitator– Paul van Koppen 

Paul van Koppen

Paul is a senior manager, consultant, facilitator and coach in the international water sector. His drive is to get “things going and working”: giving guidance to complex implementation processes, kick-starting new initiatives, managing large programmes and energizing others to perform better. Sustainable results count, just as practical solutions and realistic approaches. Paul brings authority, wisdom and humor in the different roles that he takes, ensuring that activities and projects deliver tangible results.

His thematic fields of expertise are water supply, sanitation and water resources management, especially in the areas of international policy, programme design & implementation and management support. He offers a combination of technical expertise, managerial experience and people-oriented skills. He has knowledge and experience of the water sector in many countries in Africa and Asia with in-country specialization for Kenya, Indonesia and South Africa.

Paul started his career at RoyalHaskoning DHV in 1986 (and ended in 2003 at the position of Director International Projects), switched to the management of an international NGO in 2003 and presently works as an independent expert since 2007. He also regularly works as a facilitator for complex or high-level events, enabling a meaningful and interactive dialogue.

As a trainer and coach, Paul has ample experience in developing the capabilities and skills of water professionals, with the majority coming from emerging countries in Africa and Asia, with very diverse professional and cultural backgrounds. Over the last ten years, he has trained more than 600 international (Young) Experts and coached more than 150 of them in their personal and career development.

‘Water is my passion and I have made a decision to remain in the water sector so this came at the right time for me. I am going to learn new and relevant techniques to address water related issues we have.’

Dimakatso Manzini

MBA Student, Majoring in Water Management, South Africa

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