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Khuzestan is the wealthiest and fastest growing province of Iran. It is an area well known for its oil industry, sugar cane production, and water resource projects and development. Khuzestan is the home of more than 70% of Iran's surface waters as well as the largest rivers. Technical support of water resource projects and provincial water industries urged the government to establish the Faculty of Water Science Engineering at the Shahid Chamran University in the year 2000. Since then, the school was recognized as the best in water science and engineering graduate school by the Ministry of Higher Education of Iran and was entitled for a special yearly grant for water related research.
Aim and Scope
The aim of the Faculty of Water Science Engineering is to train students and skilled professionals for the fast-paced and growing water industries. The school emphasizes training and skilling graduate students in M.Sc. and Ph.D. level though it also has a strong undergrad program with more than 250 students training in the general area of water science and engineering. There are also around 200 graduate students in the school working on all areas of water science in particular hydraulic structures, hydropower, river engineering, hydrology, water resources, irrigation and drainage, and environmental engineering. Undergraduate education gives students a broad, general education. Graduate education provides students with more advanced learning in a specialized discipline or sub-discipline. The graduate school prides itself on giving students an in-depth understanding in order for them to be recognized as experts in their area of study.
There are four academic departments in charge of supervising researches and graduate students, and each has its own head working under the school president. The departments are Hydraulic Structure, Irrigation and Drainage, Water Resources, and Environment. In collaboration with SCU administration and the Ministry of Higher Education of Iran, the school overviews the undergraduate and graduate programs in order to achieve and maintain the highest possible standard of academic excellence. Furthermore, effort is placed into determining what actions would further enhance the quality in the program considering local and regional water resource projects.
Graduate researches are supervised by the faculty members in all area of water science including hydraulics of open channel and closed conduits, hydraulic structures, river and natural waterways, sediment transport, irrigation systems, drainage techniques, arid soil and water related issues, surface and underground hydrology, and environmental engineering issues. All the graduate researches and projects are supported by Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ministry of Power and Energy of Iran, Ministry of Agriculture of Iran, local water agencies and consulting engineering corporations including Khuzestan Water and Power Authorities (KWPA).
Due to the considerable impact on water problem solutions in the Khuzistan Province, the FWSE has been recognized as a Centre of Excellence on Operation Management of Irrigation and Drainage Networks by The Ministry of Science Research and Technology of Iran in 2000. The mission of the center is to train students and young researchers in design, development, and management of irrigation and drainage networks. A considerable number of graduate student researches are initiated on a year by year basis based on the center goals. In addition, two more research centers are organized and governed by the FWSE, namely, The Center for Drainage Research and The Center of Water and Energy. The conducted researches by these centers are supported financially and technically by local authorities including KWPA and the Ministry of Agriculture of Iran.
School Journal Publication
The school publishes a high rank, peer reviewed, and quarterly journal in Farsi with an extended English abstract. The journal title is ‘Journal of Irrigation Science and Engineering' and benefits from an excellent editorial board. Papers from academic professionals and students are welcomed for review and publication. Prospective students are also able to publish their English papers in the Journal of Civil Engineering published by the Department of Civil Engineering at the School of Engineering.
The school welcomes prospective students from Iran and all other countries. This is an opportunity in particular for students from the Middle East to take advantage of the school research and training in water resource problems for arid and semiarid zones.
Undergraduate students are required to take 140 credit hours in four years including general science and engineering courses in first two years and more advanced and specialized courses in the second two years of their program. Masters students will take twenty-six credit hours of course work in the first year and six credit hours of research work for their thesis fulfillment in the 2nd year of the program. Ph.D. students are expected to take 12-18 credit hours of course work in their first year and 20 credit hours of research work for their thesis in the last three years of their program.
How to apply for a program
Iranian applicants will take a national comprehensive test to apply for undergraduate and graduate programs at the Faculty of Water Science Engineering. However, foreign applicants must have a degree from a recognized high school with a grade better than %70 in order to apply for the undergraduate program. Similarly, graduate applicants must be in great academic standing with a B.Sc. and/or M.Sc. degree in civil and water related fields to enter M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs, respectively. All applicants must complete the application form and submit the application with a copy of their previous degree(s) and transcript(s) starting from high school. Graduate applicants must also submit a short Curriculum Vita along with their application.