Participants listen attentively to the Keppel Seghers NEWater Plant staff, as he explains the technologies applied in NEWater production.
The second run of the Temasek Foundation Water Leadership Programme (TFWLP) trained thirty-three mid and senior level professionals from the water industry on best practices in water utilities governance, effective management of water utilities, as well as potential strategies to deal with existing and future challenges. Aimed at building capacity in developing countries in Asia, the initiative is the result of a partnership between Temasek Foundation, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, and PUB (Public Utilities Board), Singapore’s national water agency.
This second run was delivered in Singapore from 23 April to 4 May 2012, and included participants from six countries, the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Kazakhstan and Indonesia. Besides learning, the programme is an opportunity for water industry leaders to develop networks with their peers in neighbouring countries.
In preparation for the programme, the teams identified a specific water management challenge that their city or country faces, and an action plan that could address the challenge within the year after the programme ends. During the two-week course, participants refined their proposals after several consultations with faculty and practitioners.
“The TFWLP has been an enriching experience enhancing my capacity and confidence as a water sector professional,” said Rajesh Jethwa, Executive Engineer at the Gujarat Water Supply and Sewerage Board in India, adding that the exchange of views and sharing of experiences by participants was highly rewarding.
Participants highly value the interactive classroom discussions, case studies, panel discussions, and site visits to PUB facilities such as the Marina Barrage, Keppel Seghers NEWater Plant and “Active Beautiful Clean” water projects like the Kallang River-Bishan Park and Alexandra Canal. Classes were conducted by world-renowned faculty including Professor Peter Rogers of Harvard University and Professor Dale Whittington from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and students participated actively in one-on-one discussions with field staff and world-class policymakers.
To facilitate a continuous flow of ideas and research between participants, faculty and practitioners, as well as to improve water management in various communities, the participants conducted training workshops upon returning to their countries for their counterparts in other ministries, statutory boards and local governments.
There will be a total of four runs for the TFWLP. The third run is set to take place in November 2012 and the fourth in the first quarter of 2013.