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Dr. Colin Mayfield

Virtual Learning Centre for Water developed by Waterloo professor

The Canadian-based Internet program called the “Virtual Learning Centre for Water” is offered by the United Nations University and was developed by UW’s Dr. Colin Mayfield. The distance-education opportunity provides information and education on better water management practices for developing countries. Students are offered an up-to-date curriculum in 10 subjects created with materials from 60 international sources. “It is estimated that half of all illnesses in developing countries at any given time are water related,” Dr. Mayfield said. “We have the obligation to do whatever we can to make water accessible and safe for people in less fortunate countries.” If integrated, water resources management ideas and practices will contribute to helping to solve worldwide water and sanitation problem.