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    * Water Engineering

    Historically, the central aim of water industry engineering was for the purpose of water transfer in aqueducts such as the aqueducts built by the Romans. The Bible even described, as part of the Israelites journey through the Sinai Desert, water purification and desalination. However, modern developments in effluent treatment, improvement in surface water quality, purification and desalination have only appeared over the last few decades through rapid scientific development. A modern desalination facility, at any scale, capable of supplying water to an entire city is an enormous automatic process, operating independently with the assistance of sophisticated control systems. Essential modifications are made with the assistance of customized software and the role of the operator is to manage the different water systems, as necessary.

    The program provides graduates with a cutting-edge theoretical and practical foundation in the water industry engineering field, acclimatizing to diverse research and professional applications. Graduates leave the program with an in-depth understanding of theoretical content along with the ability to read and understand scientific research rooted in applied research. The program equips graduates with a toolkit, expertise and skills that prepare them to become experts on various technologies related to the water industry, to define, analyze and introduce technologies and solutions for varies types of water transport and water purification systems as well as define and analyze theoretical and practical challenges. To develop innovative treatment processes, participate in planning teams at new facilities, offer solutions to challenges in existing facilities, manage, in many cases, the water studies program in various organizations, propose solutions to managers and policy-makers to establish their expertise and capability in professional and scientific forums.

    Graduates who stay locally, have the opportunity to integrate into and influence the Israeli water industry. Graduates who return to their home country begin to impact their own region with Israeli water expertise acquired through their studies, which in turn transfers on Israeli solutions to various countries and organizations globally.

    The Department of Water Industry Engineering develops industry relationships through student projects, student activities, the establishment of an on-campus activity center, industry tours and participation in workshops and industry conferences. Students in the program are exposed to ongoing collaborations on a regular basis and take an active part in their activities. The goal is clear: Students must be exposed to an industry culture environment, both at the consciousness and applied levels. Graduates of the Master’s program are engineers, who continue into industry throughout the program and then enter the work force ready and capable of developing quality professional careers. Graduates entering industry are also expected to demonstrate initiative, problem-solving, time management, effective teamwork and even managerial skills. Graduates of the program, many of whom come from the field of water, apply both the expertise and research tools they previously acquired in their professional life and continue on to existing industry as well as start-up organizations.

    Why choose a graduate degree in Water Industry Engineering?

    Water Engineering  – An enriching, unique and exciting profession

    Water is a valuable and necessary resource for life. The increase in world population has led to an increase in the demand for clean drinking water, agriculture, industry and more. The State of Israel has been able to establish and operate desalination treatment facilities and most of the water used today derives from these sources. The vast expertise accumulated through Israeli industry and academia has been attracting worldwide attention. Accordingly, Israel is an innovative country and a fertile ground for integration and testing of new technologies.

    To this end, the need to increase the scope of recycling and water treatment emerged as well as the need to train engineers in the development and application of innovative technologies.

    How will I professionally develop from the program?

    From a multidisciplinary perspective, Water Industry Engineering is an integrative profession that oversees design, development, control, operation, management and improvement of existing water technologies and systems. Thus, the Master’s program is designed to provide graduates with the ability to analyze and develop systems and processes incorporating the quantitative and qualitative side of water and wastewater, enabling students to optimally integrate into the water industry sector in Israel and around the world.

    The proposed program is intended to add value to existing studies in the field of water in Israel and around the world, as follows:

    1. The program will provide graduates with a cutting-edge theoretical and practical foundation in the field of water engineering and its diverse research and professional applications.
    2. The program prepares graduates with an in-depth expertise of theoretical content along with the ability to read and understand scientific research rooted in applied research.
    3. The program will equip graduates with a toolkit, expertise and skills that will enable them:
    • Be acquainted with and understand diverse water industry technologies.
    • Define, analyze and develop technologies and solutions for various types of water transport and water purification systems.
    • Define and analyze theoretical and practical challenges in order to develop applicable solutions in the field.
    • Take part and even lead practices that develop modern treatment processes.
    • Participate in new facility planning teams.
    • Develop solutions to challenges in existing facilities.
    • Manage water programs in various organizations.
    • Develop solutions for managers and policy makers in forums.
    • Present expertise and capability in professional and scientific forums.

    Why should I study at Kinneret Academic College?

    Kinneret Academic College, located on the southern shores of the Sea of Galilee, is home to the Department of Water Industry Engineering, a unique department awarding a Bachelor’s Degree (B.Sc.). The faculty consists of outstanding lecturers with comprehensive experience and experts from both academia and industry. Courses are taught in English, with students who are diverse and who come to study in the program from around the world, offering students a personal experience and opportunities for future collaborations.

    Additionally, the Sea of Galilee region is unique because of the varied types of water which can be found in the area, such as fresh water, salt water and more which enables students to study different types of water treatment methods.

    Kinneret Academic College has developed an innovative and personal study environment, in addition to professional content, students also experience personal guidance. Throughout the program, students are exposed to advanced research methods, innovative technologies and training.

    Program Target Audience

    The program’s target audience consists of students from Israel and around the world, undergraduates, who wish to broaden their education and specialization in the field of water engineering and to continue their studies in the field.

    The water studies program is tailored to the following audiences:

    1. Engineers with a background in water processes – graduates of engineering programs in the field of water engineering and in fields interrelated to water (such as, environmental engineering, water engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, energy engineering).
    2. Engineering graduates without a background in the field of water– (such as, industrial engineering and management, mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering).
    3. Graduates of science and disciplinary programs interrelated to the field of water (such as, water sciences, environmental sciences, agricultural soil science and water).
    4. Graduates of other science and disciplinary programs (such as, computers, physics, chemistry, biology, etc.).

    Completion courses will be adjusted and defined based on an individual basis and in accordance with a student’s academic background who are accepted into the program in order to create a common foundation for all students in the program.

    Curriculum structure

    General curriculum structure

    Year Semester Compulsory Course Elective Course Seminar Total Each Year
    Weekly Hours Credit Points Weekly Hours Credit Points Weekly Hours Credit Points Weekly Hours Credit Points
    1 A (Fall) 6 10 4 8 10 18
    B (Spring) 7 12 1.5 3 8.5 15
    2 C (Fall) 5 10 5 10


    Key for calculating credit


    Weekly lecture time – 1 credit point. Weekly exercise / laboratory – 0.5 credit points. Seminar – 3 credit points Final Project – 10 credit points

    The minimum credit points that a student is required to take during the program is 43. The minimum Weekly Hours that a student is required to take during the program is 23.5

    Program Structure and Content:

    • Compulsory courses: The curriculum begins with introduction topics (compulsory) 10 credit points, water chemistry, mathematics and models, separation and transport processes. These courses form the foundation for a variety of specialization courses that students choose.
    • Internship courses (elective): offering a total of 35.5 credit points, of which a student must choose a minimum of 20 credit points, including a selection of courses that cover topics such as, optimal design of water transport piping systems; introduction to chemistry of water; biology units and water quality; Reuse of effluents in desalination; Brackish and industrial water; innovative membrane technologies for removing biological pollutants; catalytic and membranous methods for disposing of organic compounds; adsorption technologies for removing inorganic compounds; topics on water and crude oil challenges. In addition, throughout courses, students are exposed to resource management, entrepreneurship and sustainability.
    • Seminar: During the second semester of the program, students are required to take a seminar course under the guidance of the Head of Program, which includes a presentation of a research topic and the submission of a written seminar paper. The seminar paper writing process will include systematic progress over the course of research, beginning with literature review and a research question, through methodology, analysis of results including reaching a conclusion.
    • Final Project: The third semester of the program is dedicated to the final project which is the highlight of the curriculum and an important pillar of the program for training engineers to work in local and international industry. With the purpose of empowering students to apply virtually every aspect they learned throughout the duration of the program, but also to expose them to an industry setting, by working with professional facilitators and producing valuable products, to remain industry assets in order to form a basis for future industry development.

    *The water engineering degree is subject to CHE approval