​The Albert Katz International School of Desert Studies, the J. Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Sede Boker Campus

Joint teaching program of the A. Katz International School of Desert Studies in the Institutes for Desert Research in collaboration with the Department of Geology and Environmental Science, the Department of Geography and Environmental Development and the Environmental Engineering Unit.

Goal of the curriculum

  • Training skilled professionals for the fields of hydrology, water treatment and desalination.

  • Preparing skilled professionals for the fields of hydrology, water treatment and desalination (including: water production, estimation of surface and underground water and solute movement, chemical and biochemical evaluation of underground water and contaminants, operations research and optimization of water systems and more).

  • To provide students with a strong background in fundamental and applied aspects of physical, chemical and microbiological processes in aquatic environment and creating unique capabilities for addressing future needs of society.

  • Bestowing knowledge in the subjects of flow and transport processes of water, solutes, and solids and separate phases in soil-water, in ground-water and in surface water.

  • Provide knowledge in the subjects of water and wastewater treatment, including biological treatments, physicochemical treatments and desalination processes.

  • In particular, intensifying and expanding the study of membrane technologies related to desalination methods and waste water treatment processes.

  • To prepare students for PhD studies in water related programs

  • To take advantage of ZIWR strengths in both engineering and hydrological & microbiological sciences to professionally prepare individuals to succeed in multidisciplinary, team-oriented environments.

Program structure

The program has three specializations:

Master’s degree studies involve class work and thesis research. The required courses include core courses, mandatory courses in the area of specialization and elective classes.

Details at the Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies website