Internationalization

Water security research cannot be done in isolation.  Therefore, collaborations and sharing of data with local, national and international partners plays a critical role in advancing the research.  Consequently, GlWS envisions to be a truly global, inter- and multi-disciplinary, and one-stop-shop organization for water security research.  It has embarked on this mission by identifying four major themes of local and global relevance and by having a key focus on the Saskatchewan River Basin (SRB), which is located in one of the most extreme and variable climates of the world.  The basin is a critically-important water resource for the Prairie Provinces of Canada, includes regionally and globally-important biomes, and represents many of the major challenges faced by water resources world-wide.  The Global Energy and Water Exchanges (GEWEX) initiative of the World Climate Research Program has now approved the SRB Project, developed by the GIWS with its national and international research partners, as an initiating Regional Hydroclimate Project (RHP), one of ten regional GEWEX projects in the world and currently the only one of its kind in North America.

International collaborations demand significant time and funding to develop and reach to fruition.  Therefore, the first step towards such collaborations is to have faculty, postdoctoral fellow, and student exchange programs in place.  Majority of bi-lateral funding opportunities are announced on an ad-hoc basis and does not provide sufficient time to identify and develop collaborations between researchers having complementary expertise and submit funding applications.  Therefore, it is important to develop long-term collaborations by having graduate student exchange programs with technical institutions of strategic importance to GIWS.  Postdoctoral fellows and graduate students are the medium of communication between two researchers and assists with exchange of knowledge to increase compatibility and comfort level.  These exchanges and ensuing joint publications also develop history of collaborations that could be used as leverage while applying to bi-lateral funding opportunities.

For additional information read: Strategies and Factors Effecting Internationalization of University Research and Education