Irrigation Engineering and Management

Irrigation Engineering and Management is launched with a vision of becoming a full-fledged center of excellence in irrigation engineering and water management science by engaging in teaching, training, community service and researches. The program will produce both nationally and internationally qualified and competent professionals in sustainable development and management areas of water resources. Our program offers a regular five year bachelor degree in Water Resources and Irrigation Engineering (WRIE); M.Sc. program in Irrigation Engineering and Management, and the chair planned to launch a PhD program in Agricultural water management and Soil and water conservation Engineering.


Course delivery

Under irrigation engineering and management chair, various courses are offered to equip the students with skills and knowledge that enable them to design and operate modern irrigation systems, to manage field water, drainage networks at the scheme, farm and field levels. The students will also be capable to develop solutions to management problems which limit the successful operation of many irrigation projects. The courses include: surface irrigation design; pressurized irrigation design; drainage engineering for agricultural lands; design & analysis of embankment dams; field water flood water management; Irrigation management and organizations; irrigation conveyance and control Systems and irrigation agronomy.

Under Graduate

Under Graduate studies in Water Resources and Irrigation Engineering (WRIE) typically consider issues like the following: Irrigation Structures; Dam Engineering;  On-farm Irrigation Water Management; Analysis for crop water requirements; On-farm irrigation system design; Design of water delivery and distribution systems; Water control and measurement in irrigation systems; Drainage of irrigated lands; Environmental concerns related to irrigation and drainage – salt problem, nutrient leaching, and reduction of stream flows in rivers.


Graduate of Irrigation Engineering and Management can (1) design, construct and manage surface & pressurized irrigation, and drainage systems; (2) design, construct, operate, and manage hydraulic structures, for the purposes of flood control, reservoirs, and hydro-power plants; (3) provide consultancy services in any water works engineering projects, natural resource management, and governance; (4) assume leadership in the management and governance of land and water resources at project level as well as at broader institutional levels; and (5) involve in policy formulation, research, training, community services, and governance of land & water resources in collaboration with government and civil societies.

Research and community service

The chair is actively involved in research and community services activities.  There are several areas of research interests related to diverse aspects of soil and water management for agriculture and environmental protection. The primary locations for Irrigation Engineering research are: irrigation water productivity, efficiency of irrigation scheme; Water law, institutions and policy; develop and improved house-hold irrigation technology; flood water management and water harvesting technology; Drainage and management of salinity related to irrigated agriculture; Design of sustainable small and large scale irrigation infrastructures; Operation, maintenance and sediment control of irrigation infrastructures; determination of water use by plants using remote sensing, and to develop improved irrigation scheduling techniques.

Laboratory resources

Currently, Irrigation Engineering and Management chair is engaged in collaboration with the sister programs (namely; Hydraulic, Civil and Water Supply Engineering) which are equipped with Soil lab; GIS and Remote Sensing Lab; Surveying and leveling lab and Water and waste water quality lab. Our program also planned to establish “Irrigation Technology Innovation, Research and Capacity Development Center” at Koga irrigation scheme.

Current Chair holder