Quantitative Water Management
In 2005 the PA International Foundation established the Sultan Qaboos Academic Chair for Quantitative Water Management at Utrecht University. Since its founding, Prof. Dr Ruud Schotting continues to substantially contribute to both education and research. The latter strongly focuses at the innovative ‘bio-sealing’ project jointly with Deltares.
Among the many accomplishments are technical solutions to water-related problems in developing countries and, more specifically, the award-winning development of manmade subsurface aquifers. PA and partners funded the Academic Chair in its first five years; following that, His Majesty the Sultan of Oman endowed the Chair with substantial funding. Cooperation has expanded between the Academic Chair and the Omani Ministry of Water Resources and Regional Municipalities and Sultan Qaboos University. This now leads to practical (test) projects in several countries. At the invitation of H.E. Suharso Monoarfa, (then) Member of the Presidential Advisory Council and current Minister of BAPPENAS (Planning), a project is currently being prepared for Indonesia. The targeted results include the substantial increase of harvests throughout the dry season and the creation of alternatives for pumping drink water for major cities such as Jakarta, which sinks 1-15 centimeters per year on average – causing substantial risk of flooding.
The late Sultan Qaboos
Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said
The Academic Chair for Quantitative Water Management was named after Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, who passed away on 10 January 2020.
HM Sultan Qaboos was one of the world’s most unique leaders who turned his vision of peace, progress, humanity, and pride into reality during his 50-years rule.
We feel deeply indebted to have had the privilege and honour to see Oman grow to its position of global prominence and meaning today. May Allah protect his soul and his people.