Welcome to the Centre for Water Resources Research

The Centre for Water Resources Research was formed in 2012 out of a cohesive group of academics who have been active in research, teaching and capacity building related to hydrology and water resources research since 1984. The on-going importance and relevance of water resources related research and teaching and the sustained research output of the group provides the basis to formally establish a Centre of Excellence within the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The University of KwaZulu-Natal has a wide range of water related expertise and, in support of its vision to be the Premier University of African Scholarship, is actively involved in water related teaching, research and outreach activities throughout Africa and beyond.

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“Amongst the many things I learnt, as a president of our country, was the centrality of water in the social, political and economic affairs of the country, Continent and indeed the world.”

Nelson Mandela,  Opening of the Water Dome, World Summit for Sustainable Development, Johannesburg, South Africa, 28 August 2002

CWRR wins NSTF award!

At a prestigious ceremony, dubbed the “Science Oscars”, which was held simultaneously in Johannesburg and Cape Town on the 13th of July, the Centre for Water Resources Research (CWRR) won the NSTF Water Research Commission (WRC) award. The CWRR was recognised as a centre of excellence and for their cutting-edge applied and interdisciplinary research, including postgraduate training in water resources related research and capacity building

The NSTF-South32 Awards encourage and reward excellence in scientific research, innovation, environmental sustainability/green economy, technology transfer, education and training, capacity building in research or engineering, SET management, and science communication and outreach.

2023 Autumn Graduation

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) conferred degrees on thousands of students who received their hard-earned qualifications during the 2023 Autumn Graduation ceremonies that took place in May, and a number of CWRR students received their hard-earned degrees.