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Department of irrigation and water resources engineering

Ethiopia is endowed with a substantial amount of water resources. The surface water resource potential is impressive, but little developed, the “water tower” of Northeast Africa. There are 12 major river/drainage basins many of which are trans-boundary. The total annual runoff from these basins is estimated at about 111 billion cubic meters. The major rivers carry water and valuable soil and drain mainly to the arid regions of neighboring countries. The total loss of top soil in Ethiopia has been estimated at 3 billion tons per year. The Wabi-Shebelle and Genale drain to the desert areas of Somalia and flow into the Indian Ocean. Abay (Blue Nile), Tekeze-Angereb (Atbara) and Baro drain to Sudan (and Egypt) and join the Mediterranean Sea through the Nile. The ground water and the gross Hydro-Electric potential in the country are estimated at 2.6 billion cubic meters and 139,250 Gigawatt hours (GWh) per year respectively. Based on available information the potential irrigable land in the country is about 3.7 million ha. There are also eleven major lakes with a total area of 750,000 ha. The biggest is Lake Tana found in the Northwestern part of the country while the rest of the lakes are found in the Rift Valley. Although Ethiopia’s water resource is large, very little of it has been developed for agriculture, hydropower, industry, water supply and other purposes. To date only about 160, 000 ha (about 4%) of the potential irrigable land has been developed. National coverage of potable water supply stood at 26% by 1992 while coverage of sanitation services is only 7%, which is low by even the Sub-Sahran standards. There is also a wide divergence in the water supply coverage between urban (76%) and rural (18.8%) areas (MEDaC, 1999). If Ethiopia has to feed its fast growing population and improve the standard of living of its citizens this situation has to be changed. In this regard the government has recently formulated the Water Policy of the country. Basin wide integrated master plan studies which envisage development activities over the coming 30 to 50 years have also been undertaken for most of the major rivers. This is the general situation in which Irrigation and Water Resources Engineering department has been founded.

Mission

The mission of the department is to produce qualified manpower in the area of Irrigation and Water Resources Development & Management who actively involved in planning, design, implementation and management of Irrigation and Water Resources projects.

Vision 

The vision of the department is to see enough and internationally competent man power on the area of irrigation and water resources engineering profession, through these resources will manipulate and develop the country in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.

Objectives

Irrigation and Water Resources Engineering (IWRE) program is one of the undergraduate degree programs given in the Institute of Technology of Hawassa University. The opening of the program is in tandem with the country’s efforts towards developing its water resources in a sustainable way. To that end, the department has the following objectives: 

  • To train Irrigation and Water Resource Engineers which are capable enough to design and conduct investigations to better understand, prevent or solve water resource problems,
  • To train Irrigation and Water Resource Engineers who has the ability to design a wide variety of engineering projects, including hydraulic structures employed in water supply, irrigation, drainage, hydroelectric power production, flood control and related activities,
  • To conduct relevant research in line with the university program,
  • To provide short term trainings for the external community as well as for the governmental and non-governmental organizations and
  • To provide consultancy and technical services for the governmental and non-governmental organizations and other socio-economic sectors of the country.

 General Information about the Undergraduate Program

Students are first admitted as a pre-Engineering student to the Institute of Technology of Hawassa University (IoTec-Hu) for one semester, and then placed to the different engineering departments based on their choice and their GPA. Then Students who are assigned to Irrigation and Water Resource Engineering (IWRE) Department are accepted.

Educational objectives of the degree program graduates of Irrigation and Water resources Engineering Program, within a few years of graduation, will be expected to:

  • Apply their knowledge and skills as effective, productive engineers within regional and federal agencies, municipalities; etc
  • Consulting engineering firms, as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations with planning, analysis, design and implementation of water resources engineering projects;
  • Work and communicate effectively with others on multi-disciplinary teams to develop practical, technically-sound, cost-effective solutions to complex and diverse irrigation and water resources engineering problems;
  • Maintain an active program of life-long learning and continuing education while practicing their knowledge in an ethical and professionally responsible manner and;
  • Seek leadership roles as practitioners and become active members within professional and technical societies.

Community Service and Extracurricular Activities

From its establishment till now, the department is primarily working on capacity building program and production of internationally competent, well experienced, and self esteemed professionals in the area of irrigation and water resources engineering program for the sustainable development and proper usage of natural resources.  In line with this main objective, the department have been coordinating and working on the awareness creation and community capacity building programs through the coordination and facilitation of well known, very experienced and fruit full club called “Irrigation and Water Resources Engineering Club (IWREC)”

Irrigation and Water Resources Engineering Club (IWREC)

Irrigation and Water Resources Engineering Club (IWREC) is one of the famous and well organized student-run Club in Hawassa University. It was established in 2007 under the Department of Irrigation and Water Resources Engineering of Hawassa University, Technology Institute. So far, the Club has engaged on numerous activities and enables the University society and the local community to get different panel discussions, seminars, trainings and various awareness creation activities by inviting VIP professionals of the country, of this:

-          His Excellency Ato Asfaw Dingamo, Former Minister of Ethiopian Water Resource,

-          His Excellency to Alemayehu Tegenu current Minister of Ethiopian Water and Energy, 

-          His Excellency Ato Mehret Debebe, Ethiopia Electric Power Corporation Head Executive,

-          Dr Yakob Arsano, Ethiopian Water Politician and Director of Social Science Faculty of Addis Ababa University,

-          Engineer Fekade Asrat , the key expert of Ethiopian Engineering Capacity Building Program,

-          W/o Azeb, General Manager of Gibe III Hydro Power Project,

-          Engineer Tadesse and His team,

-          And other professionals

In addition to this, the club has been striving a lot to promote various integrated water resources development and WASH programs.

Future plan of the department

As being the one role player of Ethiopian Growth and Transformation Strategic Plan the Department have planned to perform various vital activities to serve the local community and nationwide as far as possible. Of these:

  • Providing professional capacity building programs for the university as well as the local community,
  • Extend and strengthen the working sphere of the eminent club  as far as it can stretch,
  • Developing various demonstrational and practical field sites that will aid the teaching-learning process to enhance the Technology Transfer in line with  the curricular activity,
  • Working with regional as well as the national governmental and nongovernmental organizations in the process of environmental protection and natural resources development,
  • Instigate institutional consultancy, supervisory, and design service.

And other related tasks.

General Information about the Undergraduate Program

Students are first admitted as a pre-Engineering student to the Institute of Technology of Hawassa University (IoTec-Hu) for one semester, and then placed to the different engineering departments based on their choice and their GPA. Then Students who are assigned to Irrigation and Water Resource Engineering (IWRE) Department are accepted.

Educational objectives of the degree program graduates of Irrigation and Water resources Engineering Program, within a few years of graduation, will be expected to:

  • Apply      their knowledge and skills as effective, productive engineers within      regional and federal agencies, municipalities; etc
  • Consulting      engineering firms, as well as governmental and non-governmental      organizations with planning, analysis, design and implementation of water      resources engineering projects;
  • Work      and communicate effectively with others on multi-disciplinary teams to      develop practical, technically-sound, cost-effective solutions to complex      and diverse irrigation and water resources engineering problems;
  • Maintain      an active program of life-long learning and continuing education while      practicing their knowledge in an ethical and professionally responsible      manner and;
  • Seek      leadership roles as practitioners and become active members within      professional and technical societies.

Community Service and Extracurricular Activities

From its establishment till now, the department is primarily working on capacity building program and production of internationally competent, well experienced, and self esteemed professionals in the area of irrigation and water resources engineering program for the sustainable development and proper usage of natural resources.  In line with this main objective, the department have been coordinating and working on the awareness creation and community capacity building programs through the coordination and facilitation of well known, very experienced and fruit full club called “Irrigation and Water Resources Engineering Club (IWREC)”

Irrigation and Water Resources Engineering Club (IWREC)

Irrigation and Water Resources Engineering Club (IWREC) is one of the famous and well organized student-run Club in Hawassa University. It was established in 2007 under the Department of Irrigation and Water Resources Engineering of Hawassa University, Technology Institute. So far, the Club has engaged on numerous activities and enables the University society and the local community to get different panel discussions, seminars, trainings and various awareness creation activities by inviting VIP professionals of the country, of this:

-          His Excellency Ato Asfaw Dingamo, Former Minister of Ethiopian Water Resource,

-          His Excellency to Alemayehu Tegenu current Minister of Ethiopian Water and Energy, 

-          His Excellency Ato Mehret Debebe, Ethiopia Electric Power Corporation Head Executive,

-          Dr Yakob Arsano, Ethiopian Water Politician and Director of Social Science Faculty of Addis Ababa University,

-          Engineer Fekade Asrat , the key expert of Ethiopian Engineering Capacity Building Program,

-          W/o Azeb, General Manager of Gibe III Hydro Power Project,

-          Engineer Tadesse and His team,

-          And other professionals

In addition to this, the club has been striving a lot to promote various integrated water resources development and WASH programs.

Future plan of the department

As being the one role player of Ethiopian Growth and Transformation Strategic Plan the Department have planned to perform various vital activities to serve the local community and nationwide as far as possible. Of these:

  • Providing professional capacity building programs for the university as well as the local community,
  • Extend and strengthen the working sphere of the eminent club  as far as it can stretch,
  • Developing various demonstrational and practical field sites that will aid the teaching-learning process to enhance the Technology Transfer in line with  the curricular activity,
  • Working with regional as well as the national governmental and nongovernmental organizations in the process of environmental protection and natural resources development,
  • Instigate institutional consultancy, supervisory, and design service.
  • And other related tasks.

Staffs Profile

Currently the academic staff of the Department is composed of professionals with the following qualifications; sixteen (16) with Msc, eighteen (18) with Bsc Degrees and  one (1) with Diploma as technical assistants. Some of the academic staff members are on study leaves accordingly, Six (6) for PhD and Seven (7) for MSc Degree.