The Institute of Environmental and Water Studies (IEWS) was established in 2001 as a result of outstanding cooperation between Birzeit University (BZU) and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education (former IHE-Delft) in the Netherlands to offer and contribute to the capacity buil.ding of the Palestinian water and environmental sectors by providing knowledge, advisory services, graduate education (Master level), research and continuous education through short-term training in water and environment and related issues. In addition, IEWS participates in solving crucial water and environmental problems within Palestine and the neighboring countries through research projects, consulting services and joint regional activities.


Developing the skills of professionals working in the fields of water and environment through education, training and research in the framework of local and international partnerships utilizing optimal practices.


 A distinguished center of excellence for water and environmental education, research, training, and advisory in Palestine and the Mediterranean region.