Improvement to the quality of teaching and research in Water and Natural Resources Management
(WNRM) cannot be ensured without a) a high commitment of HEIs in the partner countries, b) a high
quality of trainers selected from the program countries, c) the ability to provide support (financial and
supervision) of young researches, and d) a balance/good fit between the academic skills taught and
the skills needed by the wider economic and social environment.
This is the reason why the WANASEA (Water and Natural resources in South-East Asia) project includes,
as part of its activities, 5 training sessions in its 3 years of implementation. The first one focuses on the
theme: Genesis of research: science, knowledge and society. It is co-organized by the Center for
Research and Expertise on Education and Development (CREED, France) and the Royal University of
Law and Economics (RULE, Cambodia).
The main objective of this initial training session is to improve the quality of teaching and research in
the field of WNRM among WANASEA’s Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). More specifically, the goals
are to strengthen the capacities of stakeholders to implement multidisciplinary research activities and
to foster cooperation between researchers and staff. The quality of teaching will be improved through
the production of relevant knowledge and by deepening teachers’ expertise.
Both academic and administrative staff, who are or plan to be involved in scientific activities related
to WNRW, are targeted for training. A clear holistic approach is taken since WNRM issues are clearly
connected to their societal environment. In addition, an inclusive approach that combines learning
about both the scientific and professional aspects of research and teaching activities makes
WANASEA’s training sessions unique. Moreover, the training sessions are designed to address HEI’s
needs and promote collaboration and institutional commitments among its staff.
Criteria of selection
Trainees should be young professionals (under 40), who can communicate well in the English language
and who demonstrate a strong interest for developing research and teaching innovation. Their profiles
should be complementary enough so that as a whole, they will constitute a team of researchers and
staff who are able to boost research activities and quality of teaching. We encourage WANASEA’s
partners to carefully select the trainees in order to meet the above mentioned objectives.