Posted: Wednesday 15th February 2012

The International Desalination Association (IDA) announces the establishment of the IDA Desalination Academy, a global institute of higher learning about desalination that will offer a comprehensive and accredited set of training events in various locations around the world.

The mission of the Academy is to provide the highest level of training, education and instruction to individuals, utilities, companies, institutions, universities and other organizations interested in desalination in all its aspects.

The formal launch of the Academy will take place in Singapore in conjunction with the Singapore International Water Week, July 1-5, 2012. Additional programs are being planned, with one of the sessions scheduled to coincide with the Saudi Water & Power Forum in Jeddah this coming December. Course descriptions and faculty for the program in Singapore will be announced shortly.

“The IDA Desalination Academy will be the premier coordinating school for specialized training in desalination and a higher school for special study in this field. It will be a school without geographic boundaries – a global learning establishment for the advancement of desalination knowledge. It is distinguished from other programs by a variety of factors including its global reach, roster of Master Instructors, comprehensive curriculum, and plans for Certification and Accreditation,” said Corrado Sommariva, President of IDA.

“Our vision is that the Academy will be the world’s foremost source for professional training and continuing education on desalination and water reuse. A major undertaking, it addresses a great need in the global desalination community and has the full support of our leadership,” noted Patricia A. Burke, IDA’s Secretary General.

Courses will cover detailed exploration of desalination technologies and processes; desalination economics; sustainability and green desalination strategies; and future, innovative and developing technologies. In addition, the Academy will offer a more basic course for water industry professionals or other interested parties who wish to gain a better understanding about desalination.

“As our industry continues to expand and prosper, so does the need to provide high level, continuing education to all stakeholders. From plant operators to senior level executives and from seasoned veterans to those new to the industry – all stand to benefit from expanded knowledge. IDA – the global hub of information for the world’s desalination community – is in a unique position to meet this need,” Burke noted.

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