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Background Information
The Department of Water Resources and Irrigation Management was launched in 2004 E.C. Academic Year under the then Faculty of Agriculture and the current College of Agriculture and Rural Transformation of University of Gondar (UoG). The department started its function with 39 regular and 59 extension undergraduate students. The department has been undertaking different problem solving research, community service and technology Transfer projects. Currently, the department has 206 undergraduate students (126 in regular and 80 in summer) and 13 academic staff.
The department aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • To produce qualified and competent graduates in the field of Water Resource and Irrigation Management
  • To provide community services
  • To facilitate, promote and disseminate  appropriate technologies related to water resource and Irrigation Management

Mission and Vision of the Department
Department of WRIM shares the mission and vision of the College of Agriculture and Rural Transformation of the University of Gondar and has the following mission and vision:
Mission of the Department:
Contribute to the sustainable socioeconomic development of the country by producing vibrant, compassionate and responsible citizens through societal needs tailored curricula; conducting problem solving research; and strengthening community engagement, and technology transfer.
Vision of the Department:

  • To be the leading societal problem-solving Department in the Country by 2020.

Contact person and Address:
 Mr. Desalew T. (MSc)
Head, Department of Water Resources and Irrigation Management
Postal address:  Department of WRIM, CART, University of Gondar,  P.o.box: 196, Meles Zenawi Campus, Gondar, Ethiopia
Fax: +251-581141240
Study Programs:
Department of Water Resource and Irrigation Management has currently the following program:
1. Undergraduate Program:

S/N      Program  Name Start time Admission Duration of Study Number of Modules Graduation Minimum ECTS* Entry requirements
 
1
B.Sc. Water Resource and Irrigation Management  
2004 E.C.
Regular 3 16 180 As per  Ethiopian higher education entry point
Extension 4 16 180
Summer 5 16 180

* European Credit Transfer System
Research Activities
Since the inception of the department, different research projects on different issues have been undertaken. The following are some of the research works done and have been performed by the staff member of the department.

S.N.  Year Research Project/Title Study Areas Status Funded by
1 2014/15 Evaluation of storm water management in Gondar City,      North Gondar Zone Ethiopia North Gondar Zone, Ethiopia Completed UoG
2 2013 Evaluation of seepage loss in Gorezen canal, Dabat woreda, North Gondar North Gondar Zone, Ethiopia Completed UoG
3 2012 Assessment of pumped irrigation system performance using irrigation efficiency; the case of small holder farmers in Dembya woreda North Gondar Zone, Ethiopia Completed UoG
4 2012/13 Performance evaluation of water distribution system in Gorezen irrigation system,Dabat,North Gonder North Gondar Zone, Ethiopia Completed UoG
5 2011 Effect of fanyaju on soil physio chemical property in Goromit watershed in the case of West Shoa zone North Gondar Zone, Ethiopia Completed UoG
6 2011 Soil loss prediction using USLE & MUSLE under conservation tillage integrated fanya juu North Gondar Zone, Ethiopia Completed UoG
7 2012/13 Climate Change Impact Assessment on Water Resources of Tana Sub-basin, Upper Blue Nile River Basin Amhara Region Completed UoG
8 2012/13 Comparison of statistical Downscaling Techniques and Evaluation of their performance in driving Hydrological Models in climate change study in Tana Sub-Basin Amhara Region Completed UoG

Community Services and Technology Transfer
Based on research outputs and felt needs of the target community, academic staff member of department f WRIM, have been engaged in community services and technology transfer works. The following are some of the works in the area of community services and knowledge and technology transfer.
1.      Community Service

S.N.  Year Project Title Project  Areas Status Funded by
1 2014/15 Construction of surface water harvesting structure at Melese Zenawi campass Melese Zenawi campus, UoG Completed KDP
2 2014/15 Gully rehabilitation with structural measures in Dabat Research site, Ethiopia Dabat Research Site Completed UoG
3 2012/13 Integrated soil & water conservation activities at Dabat woreda experimental site Dabat Research Site Completed UoG

2.      Technology Transfer

S.N. Year Title of the project Project Area Status Funded by
1 2014/15 Introducing PV Technologies for home Appliances through Selected government institutes at Tach Tseda Kebele Gondar Zuriya Woreda Completed UoG