The Water Institute of the University of Pretoria strives to be:
An internal platform at the University of Pretoria (UP) from where the excellence of all UP individuals and teams involved in water-related research is supported and strengthened;
The institutional face of water-related research, teaching and learning, and community engagement at UP that facilitates coordination at all levels;
The UP coordinating entity that cooperates, through fundamental and goal directed research, with national government, local communities and other stakeholders to find solutions for water-related challenges, encourage technology transfer and promote human resource development;
A facilitator of UP research partnerships and alliances with entities in South Africa, in Africa and abroad to address major issues related to water in Africa.
The Water Institute of the University of Pretoria will achieve its vision statements by the following actions:
Consolidating and building on the strengths of UP in order to extend its excellence in water-related research, teaching and learning and community engagement;
Investing in clear focus areas of research, technology transfer, teaching and learning, community engagement and capacity building, in line with the overall strategy of UP;
Ensuring the generation of adequate new funding for water research, teaching and learning, and community engagement by establishing new partnerships and alliances, as well as strengthening those already in existence;
Undertaking water research, teaching and learning, and community engagement that responds to the needs of its partners, and use this as a mechanism to enhance the quality of life of all South Africans;
Creating high level human resource capacity by involving students in water-related research, teaching and learning, and community engagement projects;
Transferring expertise and technology through conferences, seminars, training, training events (e.g. workshops and short courses), publications and other appropriate avenues;
Developing African oriented partnerships, initiatives and mechanisms for the transfer of knowledge and skills in respect of the management, conservation and sustainable use of water resources;
Involving public and private strategic partners in South Africa, Africa and elsewhere.