DEVELOPING TOMORROW’S LEADERS A key feature of the Water, Sanitation and Health project is to educate professionals from low-income countries, giving them the tools to evaluate the engineering challenges of their own communities – as well as local meteorological, environmental and socio-political issues – and to address them. While most people who study civil engineering elsewhere learn about first world problems, Leeds is home to Europe’s only MSc specifically focused on the delivery of effective water supply, sanitation and hygiene services in Africa, Asia, Central and South America. This course is improving lives where change is most needed. It recognises that individual communities’ issues are different; for solutions to work, they must be tailored to local needs and shaped by what is possible. Through working together, these outstanding and highly- motivated professionals from a range of water-related industries and government organisations around the world will develop their skills in integrated water resource planning. By learning from each other and designing solutions to real- world issues, they will gain a greater oversight of water needs, treatment processes, usage and infrastructure – as well as the different economic and policy drivers for the provision of clean water. This project offers a remarkable opportunity for these individuals to develop into the leaders of the future, providing a valuable learning experience and the opportunity to embed that learning into real-world practice in their home countries. This can be a transformative experience, giving them the rare chance to step outside their work and see the bigger picture. With graduates now working in international agencies, NGOs, and government in the global south, Leeds learning is being put into practice at the sharp end of world poverty. 4 Water, Sanitation and Health