International Course On River Basin Management: 2015 Course
The International Course on River Basin Management (subject ENEN90037) is an elective postgraduate subject organized jointly between the University of Melbourne and Tsinghua University in China, and is worth 12.5 points.
The objective of joint organisation is to foster mutually beneficial interaction between staff and students at Melbourne and Tsinghua Universities. Review of case studies of river basin management drawn from Australian and, Chinese experience are an important component of the Subject.
This subject aims to equip students coming from a wide range of disciplines including environmental science, social science, natural resource management, economics, law, water management and engineering with a whole-of-system approach to managing the complex, co-evolved social-ecological systems encompassed in a river basin.
The subject involved 2 weeks of intensive activities from 13 to 24 July 2015.
Simultaneous delivery of lectures to students located in both Melbourne and Beijing (Tsinghua) using electronic facilities. The lectures were delivered from either Melbourne or Tsinghua Universities: The lectures were delivered by a range of academic disciplinary specialists supported by experienced practioners with a depth of knowledge of the water management issues.
Week 2 involves a field trip at the Southern Murray Darling Basin.
Understanding China, the world’s second largest economy and likely the world’s largest before 2030 is important to the futures of both our countries. Environmental challenges continue to constrain economic growth and cause public health issues. Many of the environmental problems in China are of global significance and require solutions beyond its borders. Political and cultural differences between China and other countries pose new challenges and opportunities for reform of river basin management to achieve more sustainable futures.
Assignment 1: Oral group presentation
Assignment 2: 1500 words essay
Assignment 3: 6000 words essay group assignment
The University of Melbourne
Prof John Langford, The University of Melbourne
Dr Yongping Wei, The University of Melbourne
Prof Peter Scales, The University of Melbourne
Prof Sandford, Clark, The University of Melbourne
Honourable John Brumby, Vice Chancellor’s Professional Fellow and Associate of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne. Former Premier of Victoria (2007–2010)
Prof Rob Skinner, Professorial Fellow and Director of Monash University’s Water for Liveability Centre
Mr Rob Rendell, Principal, RMCG
Prof Snow Barlow, Agriculture and Food Systems, The University of Melbourne
Dr Denis Flett, Chairperson, Victorian Environmental Water Holder, North East Water
Dr Sara Long, Research Fellow, Biomarker Program, CAPIM
Assoc Prof Andew Love, Flinders University
Prof Jane Doolan, Chair of the MDFRC Governing Board. Professorial Fellow in Natural Resources Governance, University of Canberra. Commissioner of the Natural Water Commission
Mr Davis Lewis, Australia China Joint Research Centre on River Basin Management (Former Director Retail Water Entitlements & Markets Water Group, Department of Environment & Primary Industry)
Mr Ryan Gormly, Aither
Dr David Jones, The University of Melbourne
Assoc Prof Erik Weyer, The University of Melbourne
Prof Andrew Western, The University of Melbourne
Prof Zhongjing Wang, Tsinghua University
Prof Chunpiao Zhen, Peking University
Dr Liu Bin, Department of Water Resources Affair, Ministry of Water Resources China
Prof Jinsheng Jia, Chairman of International Commission of International Commission on Large Dams
Prof Guangheng Ni, Tsinghua Univesity
Dr Li, Orientscape Lp, China
Prof Zhoayin Wang, Tsinghua University
Prof Dajun Shen, Renmin University of China
Prof Dajun Shen, Renmin University, RMU, China
Dr Jianping Wang, Developing Research Centre, MWR, China
Prof Dawen Yang, Tsinghua University
Prof Jianshi Zhao, Tsinghua University
Dr Di Long, Tsinghua University
The subject “International River Basin Management” is supported by Tsinghua University, and the Australia China Joint Research Centre on River Basin Management at the University of Melbourne. Goulburn Murray Water, La Trobe University, Monash University, CAPIM, RMCG, North East Water, Flinders University, National Water Commission, Aither, MWR China, Renmin University of China, Orientscape Ltd China, International Commission on Large Dams China, Department of Water Resources Affair, Ministry of Water Resources, China, Peking University, Renmin University, RMU China contributed to the course by providing lectures and field visits.
The Murray–Darling Basin Authority and Goulburn Murray Water hosted the field visits.
Students described the course as a highly valued experience.