water mba

International action learning MBA
Start your international learning MBA when you are a water specialist with leadership ambitions!

Are you a water expert in your field? Then you know that you are important for the water sector. And, are you eager to become a leader within the water sector?
Then we offer you a MBA that helps you to develop your executive skills and makes it possible to take on (international) challenges in the water sector.

For this MBA we setup a close cooperation with Business School Netherlands (BSN). BSN was founded in 1988. Around 5,000 managers and executives all over the world have achieved their MBA at BSN. The program is accredited by ACBSP, ATHEA and the NVAO and voted as a Tier one MBA in the CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings.

When you combine this with the uniqueness of Wetsus and her partners, you can expect a top MBA program for water experts.

Within the program we will teach you a different way of management thinking and problem-solving through Action Learning. All our MBA projects and assignments are based on actual problems in your organization. By undertaking these projects, you will make a significant impact in your organization and deliver measurable value to your employer. if suitable assignments are not available within your organization, we will try to make connections with challenging problems in our international water network.

Some figures
Online program combined with 2 conference weeks in the Netherlands and a 4 day water technology masterclass. Duration of 24 months divided in 3 phases price including major of €18.500,00.

More information on the program?
Please, do not hesitate to contact us for more information, contact person Ronald Wielinga,, mobile +31 6 121 38 876. More information can also be found here.

“ In multidisciplinary fields, it is necessary to be eclectic. Thinking outside the box also means doing things outside the box. For me the MBA was outside the box. ”

Terica Sinclair, Jamaica, specialist in membrane engineering and alumni MBA

“ The eMBA helped me with shaping my ideas. I realized I would like to start my own educational institute, and with every module I was reshaping and refining my idea. ”

Prashanth Kumar, India, specialist in water treatment and alumni MBA

“ I was always in science, but I realized myself there is a real world outside. A world that has more to offer than science, with real business problems. And of course, business problems are not touched in science studies. ”

Natascha Dietrich, Germany, specialist in Biofouling and alumni MBA

Towards an economy of value preservation | By Niels Faber


The realisation of a circular economy has thus far unfolded under the assumption that it would fit within existing economic arrangements. In practice, we witness many circular initiatives struggling to give shape to their ambitions, let alone develop to maturity. These past months, various material recycling organisations terminated their activities, seeing virgin alternatives from other parts of the world flooding the market at prices against they cannot compete. If the transition towards a circular economy (i.e. an economy of value preservation) is to be taken seriously, a new perspective on value in our economic system seems unavoidable, as the rewriting of the rules of the economic game. At this moment, current perceptions of value stand in the way of this transition both at micro as well as macro levels. Several contours for a collective exploration of new directions of value and economic configuration that foster circular transition will be addressed.

Searching Innovation for the Common Good | By Cees Buisman


In his key note he will conclude after a life of innovations that it is impossible that humanity will stay within the save planetary boundaries with innovation only. We should be more critical about the behaviour of the rich population in the world and more critical about new innovations that prove to be dangerous, like the PFAS crisis shows at this moment. In his keynote he will investigate how to look at the world that can stay within the save planetary boundaries, how should we change ourselves? It is clear if we only talk about the words of science and systems we miss the essential words of how we should cooperate and change ourselves. And his search for coherent save innovations. Which innovations will be save and will lead to a fair and sustainable world? And will lead to a world we want to live in.

Future-fit economic models: What do they have in common – how can they join forces? | By Christian Felber


There is a growing number of new sustainable, inclusive, cohesive, participatory, just and humane economic models. A possible next step in the discourse about them is the comparative analysis in order to find out key commonalities, potential synergies, and “requirements” for a future-fit economic model. The author and initiator of the Economy for the Common Good provides an overview of these „new sustainable economic models“ and compares them according to underlying values, principles, and practical ways of implementation. The keynote addresses the cooperative spirit of the conference and prepares the ground for its public highlight on the eve of June 3rd, the round table with representatives of diverse future-fit economic models.

The era of postgrowth economics | By Matthias Olthaar


The scientific debate on whether economies should always continue to grow increasingly becomes a political and societal debate. On the one hand further growth for the most affluent countries seems neither possible nor valuable, but on the other hand there is still lack of understanding and knowledge what a non-growing economy should look like and could best be governed. In this lecture we discuss various policy measures that can be realistically implemented, take into account government finances and aim at a higher quality of life despite a non-growing economy.

Democratic principles for a sustainable economy | By Lisa Herzog


Democracy is under pressure, and less and less able to stir the economy into a sustainable direction. Therefore, to stabilize democracy and to make possible the socio-ecological transformation of the economy, democratic principles need to be implemented directly in the economy. This is not only a matter of morality, but also has practical advantages. Democratizing the economy can increase legitimacy and take advantage of the “knowledge of the many” to accelerate the transformation. Democratic practices, especially deliberation, allow bringing together different forms of knowledge, which is crucial for the local implementation of principles of social and ecological sustainability. This talk explores what this idea means in more concrete terms, from democratic participation in the workplace to the democratization of time.

Market, state, association, and well-being. An historical approach | By Bas van Bavel


Over the past decades, markets have conventionally been seen as the best instrument to stimulate economic growth and enhance prosperity and well-being. The automatic link between markets and economic growth is increasingly questioned, however, as well as the automatic link between economic growth and enhancement of well-being. This has led to attempts to capture well-being development more directly than through GDP per capita figures and has produced a more variegated picture of well-being growth. Also, this has led to a shift of focus to other coordination systems than the market, as primarily the state but increasingly also the association. Analyses of the historical record suggest that especially the latter could be a vital component in future well-being.