Sustainable water resources and environmental management plays a vital role in socio-economic development and maintaining a diverse ecosystem. Providing adequate safe water and keeping a pollution-free environment are great challenges particularly in developing countries like Bangladesh because of its socio-economic condition, mass population, and climate change effects. In addition, increased anthropogenic activities resulted from urbanization and industrialization are imposing a great threat on water and the environment. Therefore, the Institute of Water and Environment (IWE) was established at Dhaka University of Engineering & Technology (DUET), Gazipur in 2016 to explore the appropriate solutions for overcoming these complex challenges by adopting suitable strategies and technologies.
The Institute focuses on research in the water and environmental sectors in order to offer policy options to protect natural resources in Bangladesh and beyond. The IWE is working in producing quality postgraduates and exploring innovative approaches to tackling complex challenges in the water and environmental sectors. The Institute offers postgraduate programs such as PG. Dip., M. Sc Engg., M. Engg., M Sc., Masters and Ph. D in water and environment for the students who completed their Bachelor Degrees from any Engineering and Science disciplines. Students have opportunities to work with faculty to conduct research in developing policy and implementing solutions to water and environmental issues. The Institute will make a network between students and faculty across all university disciplines and partnership with other institutions and community stakeholders. The Institute is also working in developing and enhancing the capability and profile of the DUET’s researchers and providing consultancy services to different organizations in the field of water and environment.