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International Executive Masters programme OpT

{International Executive Masters in Water Utility Management}

An International Executive Master’s programme, created within the framework of the AgroParisTech "SUEZ - Management of the urban water and sanitation services" chair


Next English-speaking class will start in February 2021 if you wish to attend the next english-speaking session, please contact us at opt chez agroparistech.fr

The OpT class 2019-20 has started in March 2019 (French-speaking and english-speaking classes)

The International Executive Masters OpT :


Training leaders and reinforcing the skills of executive managers in water and sanitation urban utilities in developing and transitional countries


OpT combines :

  • lecturers who are internationally recognised professionals with at least 10 years’ experience in the field
  • students training in fostering change when they return to the company. As a management leader, they will put their newly acquired skills to work for the company and in the field
  • networking between services, lecturers, tutors and trainees accross countries to promote future professional exchanges


The Executive Masters programme OpT is designed for established professional of water and/or sanitation utilities and prepares for a management position.


The programme takes place over a period of 15 months, with a form of occupational training.
Individual work assignment : Throughout the course, each trainee will work on building a strategic action plan aiming at improving the quality of a water and/or sanitation service in a city of his/her country as a whole.
The strategic action plan is divided into 3 parts : Diagnostic → Strategic plan → Action plan.
This work assignment is the core element of the training programme. It leads each trainee to methodically and logically apply the knowledge gained during the training to a real situation in their country.
The IEM –OPT education team will help the trainee during the construction of this strategic action plan. The trainee must involve his/her Direction, teams, colleagues and external partners of the service in his/her work.

==> To do so, the trainee will come back to his/her company twice during the training.

The 15 months programme :

  • 5.5 months of training in France are designed to :
    • learn key concepts and analytical techniques
    • apply management tools to areas of operation
    • acquire prospective methods for financing and strategy
  • Two periods are spent in the trainee’service to conduct his/her individual work assignment :
    • accomplish a plan of action that follows a logical, progressive approach,
    • guide change, define reforms and have them approved

4 weeks abroad : of immersionin a partner university and a management case study in a large water utility in Asia or in Ghana.

Acquired skills

The Executive Masters programme OpT aims to enhance the trainees’ managerial skills and particularly, to give them the expertise to :

  • diagnose their services and elaborate strategies that allow them to reach excellence in technical, social and financial objectives
  • guide change in private or state-owned companies, through sustainable management methods
  • define and then manage reform in their department or country

Useful information

Teaching languages : English and French (2 sessions)

Required level : Applicants must have a postgraduate diploma : Diploma of Master, MSc, engineering degree, etc.
However, applicants with 4-year degrees are accepted, and may be admitted by the selection committee if warranted by their professional experience and abilities.
They must already be in a position of responsibility or going to reach such a position in the near future.

Applicants must have a sufficient command of the working language of the Executive Masters OpT for the year in which they apply.

Schedule : Download the 2021-22 English Class schedule
Classes begin in Montpellier in February 2021 for English Class

Tuition fees : 22,000 €
The additional cost of living and housing in France during the program is estimated at 12,000 € for 2017-18.
Costs of trips to and from training centers to their Company also need to be budgeted}

Teaching location :Montpellier, at theAgroParisTech Center. Some courses will be held abroad with international training partners of AgroParisTech.

So that trainees and their employers have a single contact for all administrative procedures and logistics arrangements, AgroParisTech has formed a partnership with Campus France, a French public organisation specialised in welcoming students, researchers and professionals and organising their stays in France.

How to apply

Only applications supported by the applicant’s company or regulatory authority are admitted. 5-year diploma required (4-year diploma accepted for applicants with an exceptional career background.)
Send your application form to opt chez agroparistech.fr
N.B : The OpT team can help you find financial support through grants do not hesitate to contact us

Selection and interviews : now open
By October 15, 2020 for both sessions (if openings are still available). Applications are now open, it is recommended to apply asap.
English session : classes begin in February 2021 in Montpellier

For further information
opt chez agroparistech.fr
Main Contacts

Jean Antoine FABY:Director
Tel : +33(0)467 047 148 - Mobile : +33(0)607 233 389
Sandra CESCHIN : project manager
Tel. : +33(0)467 047 113

Documents available to download

- International Executive Masters programme OpT-Presentation
- 2021-22 schedule (English Class)
- Application form

OPT trainees’ profiles : the Alumni network

The International Executive Masters OpT started in 2009 and now counts about 200 trainees/alumni, english and french-speaking, from over the world.

Moumouni Sawadogo, OPT Trainee 2009-10

Head of department at the Planification and Investment management
office - General Office for Water and Sanitation (ONEA - Burkina Faso)

“Opt allowed me to contribute efficiently to reach the objectives of my department management, which is in charge of forward planning, such as anticipating funding issues and their dimensions, optimizing investment,improving services and extending them, and following projects through. This training also allowed me to share the knowledge acquired with other department management.”

Cheng Zong, OPT Trainee 2017-18
Position in 2017-18 : Project Manager in the wealth asset management (County Company Chongqing Water Asset Management, China)

“International Executive Master "Water for All" offers us a unique opportunity to communicate and share different experiences between managers from different countries around the world. Through working between professionals, I realize that water service is not only linked to advanced technology but also to different business cultures. This program offers a wide range of perspectives and tools to break down our "traditional mentalities". This leads us to transform our thought patterns and innovate.
Networking around the world is an exceptional asset for our career.”

Vocational Training

The Water for All Chair offers short Specialised Sessions, presented by instructors experts in their respective field.
These sessions are open to all professionals from water and sanitation services. Different topics are available : Non revenue water, customer management, financial management, institutional actions, etc...

Modules are delivered in english and in French for more informations about the modules, check out our website waterforall.utilities.management/short-trainings or send us an email to opt chez agroparistech.fr

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