CENTERS FOR NATURAL RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT (CNRD) is a worldwide university network promoting academic exchange and cooperation in the area of natural resources management, in particular related to water, land, ecosystem and renewable energy resources. The network aims to provide a valuable contribution to the Post 2015 Agenda and to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

CNRD is a knowledge hub and network regarding issues on assessing and managing the natural resources base as prerequisite for sustainable development. While the focal point is in Cologne there are major satellites in sixteen partner universities worldwide. CNRD is open for partnerships with further universities and with institutions and companies from the public and the private sector.

CNRD main office is located in University of Applied Sciences – TH Köln, Germany.  Address: Betzdorfer Str. 2. D- 50679 Köln. Germany.






The CNRD Partner universities are:


AAIT – Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia




Addis Ababa University was established in 1950 and in 1953 the Ministry of Education founded the Faculty of Technology. Formerly known as the College of Engineering, since 2010 it has been called the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAIT).

ASU – Ain Shams University, Egypt

Ain Shams University (ASU) was established in 1950 under the name of Ibrahim Pasha University. It was the third in Egypt after Fouad I and Farouk I Universities (Cairo and Alexandria Universities). In 1954, the name was changed to the “University of Ain Shams” (The eye of the sun). Throughout its history, the university has always been in continuous development. Its graduates are highly distinguished in the employment market. It includes the following faculties and institutes: Arts, Law, Commerce, Science, Engineering, Medicine, Agriculture, Education, Women for Arts, Science and Education, Languages (Al–Alsun), Dentistry, Pharmacy, Computer Science and Information, Nursing, Institute of Environmental Studies and Research, and Institute of Postgraduate Childhood Studies.

UASLP – Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi, Mexico


The Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (UASLP) is a public institution dedicated to form professionals, researchers, humanists, and academic professionals compromised with the development of the state and the country. The UASLP population has reached 32 thousands persons. The UASLP offers 65 Bachelor’s Programs, 32 of them credited by the National Council of Superior Education. In the Bachelor’s Program there are 20.200 students distributed in 13 faculties and three multidisciplinary academic units. In the graduated level, there are 70 programs, 36 of them recognized as Quality National Programs. Until date, 1.800 students have been obtained their MSc or PhD degree. At least 600 professors do research and teaching activities in the 15 institutes and research centers; 30% of them are members of the Researcher’s National Systems.

UFF – Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil


The Universidade Federal of Fluminense (UFF) was founded in 1960. There are 26 centers for studies and 84 different departments. In terms of graduated courses UFF has 69 and  43 post graduated, with 22 Master’s and PhD programs and 21 Master’s.

IUB – Independent University Bangladesh, Bangladesh




Founded in 1993, Independent University Bangladesh (IUB) is one of the oldest private universities in Bangladesh. Academic excellence is longstanding here, teaching a passion and lifelong learning habit. IUB currently has more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students.The International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) is based at the Independent University, Bangladesh. ICCCAD aims to be a global Centre of Excellence on Climate Change and Development.

Pontifical Javeriana University, Colombia


Javeriana University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1623, it is a Catholic university, recognized by the Colombian government, which aims to serve the human community, especially Colombia, seeking to establish a more civilized, more educated and more just society, inspired by Gospel values. It promotes comprehensive training of people, human values, development and transmission of science and culture, and contribute to the development, guidance, constructive criticism and transformation of society.

KU – Kenyatta University, Kenya

Kenyatta University became a fully-fledged university in 1985 having been a college and a university college since 1965. The University is the second oldest public university in Kenya. Students hails from diverse backgrounds both locally and internationally. The university offers various degree programs in almost all fields. The university is home to the Chandaria Business, Innovation and Incubation Centre, where young entrepreneurs from all over Africa with innovative projects are nurtured to scale up their ideas into viable spin-off companies. The School of Environmental Studies at Kenyatta University is the oldest Environmental School in Kenya offering both undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

PUCV – Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile

Since its foundation in 1928, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso has established itself as one of the most prestigious institutions of the Chilean higher educational system. It has nine faculties dealing with Agronomy, Architecture and Art, Law, Philosophy and Education, Engineering, Economy and Business, Natural Resources, Sciences and Technology. It seeks diversity within campus generating communication spaces that enrich students’ academic life. It is centered in Valparaíso, Chile´s second largest city, which is characterized by its natural and urban beauty and by the rich cultural environment provided by a great number of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). It has 13.000 student enrolled in 53 undergraduate and 45 graduate academic programs (10 doctorates) and ranks fourth in the national ranking of 95.

TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences), Germany




Cologne University of Applied Sciences (CUAS) ranks among the outstanding innovative and research oriented universities focused on practice and application.  The university is well grounded in the fields of engineering, natural, social and computer science as well as in humanities and design. CUAS offers a wide variety of accredited degree courses targeting on scientific qualification and employability. The research-related contacts are spread worldwide. CUAS is an important partner of numerous companies regarding transfer of knowledge and technology. With approximately 18,000 students in over 45 disciplines taught by 450 professors, CUAS is the largest of its kind in Germany. Alongside its diversified and high-quality course offerings and research projects CUAS is a popular cooperation partner both inside and outside Germany and has close ties with various domestic and international universities. The international orientation of Cologne University of Applied Sciences is mirrored by its international courses, many partnerships and over 3,000 foreign students from 93 countries.

TU – Tribhuvan University, Nepal


Set up in 1959, Tribhuvan University (TU) is a pioneering institution of higher education in Nepal. During its 49 years long journey, the state owned university has expanded its programs in different disciplines. There are five technical institutes and four general faculties, which offer 300 courses at certificate, 1079 courses at Bachelor’s and 1000 courses at Master’s levels. Currently, the total courses offered by the university number more than 2400. Both technical institutes and general faculties offer PhD programs in different disciplines.

UGM – Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia


Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) is the oldest and largest university in Indonesia. It was founded on December 9, in 1949 and currently has 18 faculties, 73 undergraduate study programs, 28 diploma study programs and a graduate program of 62 study programs with around 55,000 students, 605 foreign students, 2,301 employees, and 2,266 lecturers. As the oldest and largest university in Indonesia, Universitas Gadjah Mada is especially charged with the responsibility to generate scholars and vision for the nation, through global interconnections that retaining cultural authenticity and a passion for social change. The university vision is to be a World Class Research University, which is excellent, independent, dignified, inspired by Pancasila, the five-point ideology, and dedicated to the needs and welfare of the nation and the world.

UG – University of Ghana, Ghana




The University of Ghana, the premier university and the largest university in Ghana, was founded as the University College of the Gold Coast by Ordinance on August 11, 1948 for the purpose of providing and promoting university education, learning and research. As a University poised to distinguish itself in the area of research to make an impact at the national and international level, the University has launched a new Strategic Plan. This new strategic plan (2014-2024) is intended to consolidate the gains made from the review of the University’s mission and practices and situate these within the context of a very dynamic environment of higher education in Ghana and beyond.

JU – University of Jordan, Jordan


The University of Jordan (JU) is a modern institution of higher education in Jordan. Established in 1962, the university looks back to a long tradition of advancing and disseminating knowledge. In its capacity as a comprehensive teaching, research and community-service institution, the JU enables its 38,000 students to choose from a wide range of programs – more than 3,500 different courses are offered by 18 faculties. From an international perspective, JU offers 63 international programs at the undergraduate level and 130 international programs at the graduate level. All programs combine traditional academic lecturing with the more liberal methodologies of instruction which are based on dialogue, research, and creative thinking.

University of Khartoum, Sudan




The department of Civil Engineering of the University of Khartoum, concerns itself with the development of water resources (both surface and underground water), the study of river mechanics, the study of flooding forecasts, and the design and execution of water dams to generate power and irrigate agricultural projects. In recent years, the Water Research Center (WRC) has been integrated into the civil engineering department. It was established with an ambitious mission to support and enhance the national effort towards the sustainable development, management, and protection of water resources and the environment in Sudan. The center has an excellent record in research and capacity building in various aspects of water resources management, especially in multi-disciplinary research programs addressing water issues of national and regional importance.

UFRO – University of La Frontera, Chile




Located in the Region of the Araucanía, Chile, the University of la Frontera, (UFRO) is a state, public institution of higher learning, considered among the best universities in the country based on its remarkable indicators of quality and excellence. It became an independent institution on March 10, 1981, after the merger of the Temuco campuses of the University of Chile and the State Technical University.The Universidad de La Frontera is a learning community dedicated to the creation of human capital in undergraduate and graduate studies, in the areas of continuing education development, scientific and technological research, the promotion and creation of the arts and cultural development, and the education of citizens able to confront the challenges of their time.

VAWR – Vietnam Academy for Water Resources, Vietnam


The Vietnam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR) functions of scientific research, providing scientific research service, technology transfer, post-graduate training, international cooperation, consultant services in investment and construction in water resources, hydropower and environmental facility for state management, agricultural and rural development. VAWR has eight professional institutes, four centers and one national laboratory of river hydrology with 1.500 staff members. At present, VAWR has 55 PhD candidates, 50 Master’s candidates in the fields of water resources management and environment, and several oversea Master’s students studying at VAWR. VAWR has experienced cooperation with Asia, Europe, African countries and WB, ADB, JICA, DANIDA, DAAD etc.