Introduction

The Universities for Water Network (UWN) was formally launched on 7th June, 2014 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Hisaar Foundation and NED University of Engineering and Technology (NEDUET).

The UWN was established with the realization that Pakistan faces serious issues in terms of water sustainability and security.  At the moment, there is limited focus on water issues in Pakistan, however, the increasing pressures of climate change, population growth, urbanization and growing energy needs are together putting greater demands on our limited freshwater resources. But there is lack of critical thinking and little planning for the future in terms of what is required to manage our water resource and prime our water infrastructure for optimal use.

 

Pakistan is further handicapped by a dearth of research and scientific intelligence. Sensible approaches to advocacy, policy making and solutions to water and food problems need to be based on scientific database and research. Such research capabilities and the related capacity to use this research is urgently needed.  Water resources are also grossly mismanaged in Pakistan resulting in huge losses due to wastage, pollution and poor management.  This further exacerbates imbalances in food and livelihoods and results in water shortages across the country.

The Universities for Water Network intends to bridge the gap between theory and practice by developing sound research capabilities and fostering scientific investigations and in-depth study.

Vision

The vision of the Universities for Water Network is to develop the knowledge and skill base for water sectors, as well as water related disciplines, degrees, and departments that will be required by Pakistan in the next 100 years.

Objective of Universities for Water Network

The main purpose and overarching objective of the network is to set up an international level Hisaar Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies on Water at a Pakistani university which provides interdisciplinary research, education and training in the water sectors. 

Objective of Universities for Water Network

The main purpose and overarching objective of the network is to set up an international level Hisaar Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies on Water at a Pakistani university which provides interdisciplinary research, education and training in the water sectors. 

Some of the deliverables of this Network are as follows:

  • Development of database on literature available in the public domain on water in Pakistan

  • Development of database on Pakistani universities working on water

  • Development of database on researchers and academics working in Pakistan’s water sector

  • Development of E-portal on water (web-based repository of literature)

  • Development of database on literature available in the public domain on water in Pakistan

  • Development of database on Pakistani universities working on water

  • Development of database on researchers and academics working in Pakistan’s water sector

  • Development of E-portal on water (web-based repository of literature)

UWN Member Universities

NED University of Engineering and Technology
Karachi University
Mehran University of Engineering and Technology
University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences
Habib University
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Engineering and Technology Multan
Karakoram International University
Central of Excellence in Water Resources Engineering, UET Lahore
University of Peshawar
Lahore University of Management Sciences

News
Clipping Service

Hisaar Foundation provides a newspaper clippings service where we record and dispatch daily media coverage found on water and related issues from Pakistan. We have been covering the news since July 2012 and so far more than 1300 water related issues have been discussed in newspapers. Most discussed topic includes agriculture development issues, climate change and environment.

The service of newspaper clippings is utilized by Universities for water Network (UWN) members as well as students for research purposes. You can access our archives by subscribing to service.