Bridging the water

Co create to learn & experience


Sustainably strengthening the South African water education & training capacity

Nuffic selected ‘Bridging the water: co-create to learn & experience’ as the Orange Knowledge Program for institutional collaboration for South Africa. The project aims to strengthen water education & training sustainably in South Africa.

Dutch and South African cooperation
Various Dutch and South African partners work together in the project ‘Bridging the water’. TUDelft, Wateropleidingen/World Water Academy (delegated project manager), HS Rotterdam, CEW Leeuwarden and Waterschap Brabantse Delta on the Dutch side and University of Cape Town, Durban University of Technology, Salga, City of Cape Town and Ethekwini from South Africa. This consortium creates a diversity to make a successful project. The project is set up as an joint activity with Dutch universities and private suppliers and both South African and Dutch students.

Action learning
The project develops sustainable knowledge exchange and collaboration between the stakeholders with the aim to bridge the gaps between theory & practice, research & implementation, education & work and engineers & operators. This is done by action-learning and co-creating in the form of living labs for students, innovators from universities and municipalities and practical training for employees. Bridging the gaps between theory and practice will result in better water management and improved water services for all residents of the municipalities in South Africa.

The project ‘Bridging the water’ starts in February 2019 and runs until the end of 2021. For more information about the project, please contact Agnes Maenhout at

Bridging the Water is part of the Orange Knowledge Programme.