Arba Minch Water Technology Institute (AWTi) at a glance

Arba Minch Water Technology Institute (AWTi) was established in September 1986, since then it continued to offer short, long-term trainings, research and rendering consultancy services. Till 1993, it was controlled by Water Resource Commission, later came under the umbrella of Ministry of Education and duly got functional in September 1987 by enrolling 181 students in two degrees, two advanced diploma and diploma programs.

In 1988-89, the first two batches of 45 and 47 students respectively were graduated in diploma courses and in advanced diploma. In September 1997, AWTI got restructured as Arba Minch Technology Institute (AMiT) and three new departments i.e. Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering were introduced.

Thereafter, AMiT became a pioneering center of training and research in water resource engineering in the country. It started offering training and research in three water resources engineering disciplines, Viz., Irrigation Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering and Sanitary Engineering both at degree and advanced diploma levels.

In addition, several short-term and diploma trainings were offered to build capacity of field and laboratory technicians involved in the water sector. To respond to country’s need for highly-skilled manpower water sector in particular, the Institute had launched different graduate programs as follow:

MSc in Irrigation Engineering, Hydraulics & Hydropower Engineering in 2002, MSc in Hydrology and Water Resources Management in 2004, MSc in Meteorology in 2007, MSc in Irrigation Engineering and Management in 2015, MSc in Sustainable Water Resources Engineering and PhD in Irrigation and Drainage Engineering in 2013. Apart from UG, these graduate programs have churned out numerous professionals, who are serving at different capacities across the nation.

After the inauguration of Arba Minch University on 5th June, 2004, AWTI continued to operate as one of the faculties of the university. Later in 2011, AWTI together with other engineering streams formed the current Institute of Technology. This restructuring was part of Engineering Capacity Building Program implementation that anticipated realizing engineering overhauling reform in the country.

Then AMiT one among 10 technology institutes established in country was comprised of water resources streams and other engineering programs. In order to exploit the existing and emerging opportunities for the developmental needs of the country, these two streams again have been bifurcated as two independent entities i.e. Arba Minch Water Technology Institute (AWTI) and Institute of Technology (IoT) in December 2017.

Presently, AWTi has four undergraduate programs i.e. Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering, Water Resources and Irrigation Engineering, Water Supply and Environmental Engineering and Meteorology and Hydrology faculties. And nine post-graduate programs i.e. Hydraulic Engineering, Hydropower Engineering, Dam Engineering, Sustainable Water Resources Engineering, Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, Irrigation Engineering & Management, Hydrology, Climate Change and Environmental Engineering. And one PhD program in Irrigation and Drainage Engineering; more PhDs are expected in years to come.

Under the mandate of globalization, AWTi continue to collaborate with European nations like Germany, Belgium and Netherlands. Primarily, it aspires to be the center of excellence in water sciences and technology in Africa and competitive in the world by 2030.

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