BDU SET TO LAUNCH PhD COURSE IN INTEGRATED WATER MANAGEMENT
BDU: The School of Civil and Water Resources Engineering at Bahir Dar University (BDU) is to launch a PhD course in Integrated Water Management in January 2012, according to a Curriculum Review workshop held here.
Dr.Firew Tegegne, Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University,asserted that the deficit had been critical in water management and related fields, but with the commencement of the programme, the scarcity of human power would be minimised, and would add impetus in strengthening the already running M.Sc. programme in the school, as well as enhance the capacity of water managers and experts working at various levels in the country. “This initiative would be a hallmark to attain the vision set out by the university to be a globally renowned research center,” he expounded.
While expressing his contentment over the preparation made to initiate the first programme of its kind in Ethiopia, Seifu Admassu, a Ph.D. candidate in the School intimated that the plan was to train highly qualified water Managers to fill the gap that prevailed in the area due to lack of human power.
Those that would graduate from the programme would become researchers in the water management and consultants in design and construction of complex water projects.
The ultimate approval of the draft curriculum which would be done by the Senate would herald the program that would be offered in partnership with Cornel and Florida International Universities, respectively.
During the workshop, external evaluators, Dr. Dessie Nedaw from Mekelle University and Dr.Tena Alamirew from Addis Ababa University also gave their input on the draft curriculum.
Among those who participated during the workshop included the academic staff of the School, stakeholders from the Ministry of Water Resource and Energy, Abay Basin Authority and Tana Basin Office.