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Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering
P.O. Box 21
Arba Minch University

Background information

Erstwhile, Arba Minch Water Technology Institute (AWTI) was established in 1986. AWTI then used to offer short and long-term trainings, conducting research and rendering consultancy services in the water sector. Till 1993, AWTI was governed by the Water Resource Commission (WRC) and then came under the umbrella of Ministry of Education (MoE).
In 1997, AWTI diversified its training and research streams to encompass three B.Sc degree programs i.e. Civil, Mechanical and Electrical engineering. In 2001, Department of Meteorology was established to provide training at diploma and degree level. Subsequently, Computer Science and Information Technology and Architecture were added.
In 2002, AWTI rolled in PG programs in Hydraulics and Hydropower and Irrigation Engineering. Additional programs i.e. Hydrology and Water Resource and Meteorology were introduced in 2004-5.
Presently christened as Institute of Technology, it has made remarkable achievement over the years and currently hosting almost half of students of the University.
The institute remains the main hub for water resources engineering education and research since its establishment and aspires to be center of excellence in these areas in Africa. It’s being headed by Scientific Director and Managing Director with semi-autonomous administrative power.
Besides, it also engages itself in tertiary level education (PhD program) while promoting the ever increasing demand of research and teaching staff in specialized subjects. PhD in Irrigation and Drainage Engineering has been launched in 2014.
The institute has established Water Resources Research Center to lead multi-stakeholder and multidisciplinary projects aimed at fostering higher-level research and technology transfer.
Students’ engagement in practice-oriented education is the core part of the engineering programs whereby students are expected to get attached to various industries and business firms that ultimately empower them with practical hands-on knowledge. The full one-semester engagement with industries tends to enhance the academic caliber of students in practical terms and make them proactive and solution-seeker in this dynamic global environment.
The institute’s effort while collaborating with national and international organizations in promoting research and specialized trainings in water resources and civil engineering become exemplary in terms of technology transfer and soliciting funds.
With country-wide revision and subsequent restructuring of engineering and technology education, in 2010 water technology institute and the technology faculty in Arba Minch University were merged to establish Institute of Technology as we know it today.

Academic programs

  1. BSc in Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering
  2. BSc in Water Resources and Irrigation Engineering
  3. BSc in Water Supply and Environmental Engineering
  4. BSc in Civil and Urban Engineering
  5. BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  6. BSc in Mechanical Engineering
  7. BSc in Metal Production Engineering
  8. BSc in Architecture and Urban Planning
  9. BSc in Computer Science
  10. BSc in Production and Metal Engineering
  11. MSc in Hydraulic Engineering
  12. MSc in Irrigation and Drainage Engineering
  13. MSc in Water Supply and Environmental Engineering
  14. MSc in Hydrology
  15. MSc in Construction Technology and Management
  16. MSc in Geotechnical Engineering
  17. MSc in Electrical Power Engineering
  18. BSc in Information Technology
  19. MSc in Irrigation Engineering and Management
  20. BSc in Computer  Engineering


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Arba Minch Institute of Technology
P.O. Box 21
Arba Minch University

Tel: +251-46881-4986
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The University is sited in five campuses based around Arba Minch town, with the Arba Minch Institute of Technology, and primary administrative units based on the Main Campus site, and the Colleges sited according to infrastructure and facilities, number of students, and proximity to field and institutional attachment and laboratories. The College of Medicine and Health Sciences, for example, is sited nearby Arba Minch Hospital.

Main Campus

The 'Mother Campus' is located at about 5km north of Arba Minch town on the road to Addis Ababa.

Abaya Campus

Located in Secha Kifle Ketema of Arba Minch town overseeing Lakes Abaya to the left and Chamo to the right.

Chamo Campus

Located at the southern end of Arba Minch in Secha Kifle Ketema overseeing Lake Chamo.

Nech Sar Campus

Located on the main road from Sikela to Secha, close to Arba Minch Hospital.

Kulfo Campus

Located on the main road from Main campus to Sikela, close to Kulfo River.


Arba Minch University aspires to be a leading university in Ethiopia, a centre of excellence in the field of water resources in Africa and competitive in the world by 2020.


Arba Minch University has a mission of offering relevant and quality education and training; conducting demand driven research and rendering accessible community services.

Goals and Objectives

The University shall have the following goals and objectives:


  • Ensure the quality and expansion of education and training
  • Advance research and consultancy works in various fields
  • Improve services to the community
  • Develop a conducive environment for learning and teaching
  • Increase the revenue, minimize the costs


  • Prepare knowledgeable, skilled, and attitudinally mature graduates in numbers with demand-based proportional balance of fields and disciplines so that the country shall become internationally competitive
  • Promote and enhance research focusing on technology transfer consistent with the country's priority needs
  • Expand higher education services that are free from any discrimination on grounds of race, religion, sex, politics and other similar grounds
  • Ensure that education and research promote freedom of expression based on reason and rational discourse
  • Design and provide community and consultancy services that shall cater to the developmental needs of the country
  • Ensure institutional autonomy with accountability
  • Ensure the participation of key stakeholders in the governance of institutions
  • Ensure the participation of all those concerned bodies in administration decision making, create and promote participation culture
  • Promote and uphold justice, fairness, and rule of law in institutional life
  • Promote democratic culture and uphold multicultural community life


The 2nd Symposium on "Biodiversity and Nature Conservation" will be held at Arba Minch University from June 3-4, 2011. The symposium is organized by Arba Minch University and co-organized by Horn of Africa Regional Environmental Centre and Network (HOA-REC).

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