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Service Oriented Management of Irrigation Systems, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 4 months
The Service Oriented Management of Irrigation Systems course from IHE Delft Institute for Water Education is gaining attention globally due to greater emphasis on improving the performance of irrigation systems while making them ecologically and socio-economically sustainable.


The Service Oriented Management of Irrigation Systems course is offered by IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and jointly offered with Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.

Course Structure

The key questions that the subjects will cover:

  • Introduction to SOMIS Course: Who are my lecturers and fellow participants? Why this course and how is it organized?
  • Relevance, significance and opportunities: What is current situation of irrigation development? What are the latest issues related to SOMIS? What are its significance and related opportunities in the present context?
  • Principles and concepts: What are the basic principles and underlying concepts?
  • Requisites and Constraints: What are socioeconomic and institutional dimensions related to SOMIS? How can we instigate appropriate measures?
  • Monitoring & evaluation and benchmarking: How can we monitor and evaluate performance of irrigation systems in the context of SOMIS? How can we select most suitable indicators for performance monitoring and evaluation? How can the benchmarking of irrigation systems contribute to service improvement?
  • Operationalization of SOMIS: What are the key activities and processes related to SOMIS? How can we prepare the service agreement and action plans?
  • Case studies: What can we learn from case studies?
  • Service agreement for SOMIS: How can we develop a service agreement for SOMIS?
The SOMIS online course is offered in full distance learning mode. Participants complete the course in a period of four months with a workload of 140 hours (8 hours a week on average). The course is sub-divided into 8 subjects and a paper assignment. Each subject starts and ends on a specified day and takes 2 weeks. Within this period, the participant is free to study in his or her own time. The web-based I-Learning Environment is used for downloading training material and communication. Questions can be posted on the ‘Ask-Lecturer’ page or on the discussion forum eliciting responses from fellow participants. Each subject ends with either a tutor or discussions assignment for which participants use their newly acquired knowledge and interact with the lecturer and the other participants. The course will be evaluated based on these assignments and the final paper. After successful completion, participants will receive a certificate jointly issued by IHE Delft and Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 4 months
    • Intensity 8 hrs/week
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Teacher support
      Only feedback on assignments and exams, Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Programme Structure

Course Content

This online course provides, in addition to updated course literature, access to: the views of many experts through about 2 hours of video interviews; an extensive and regularly updated bibliography on participatory irrigation management with key texts; and explanation of the key terms commonly used in this field with links to glossaries developed by International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, Food and Agriculture Organization, etc. Besides, it enables analytical review of several case studies.


This course is designed for mid-level professionals and water managers who are engaged or aspire to engage into sustainable, service-oriented, and participatory management of irrigation systems. It encompasses both surface and groundwater schemes.


English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS
  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

You should at least have a Bachelor of Science degree, some years of working experience and a good command of the English language.

Tuition Fee


Discounts on the tuition fee of online and short courses apply to the following:

  • 30% for IHE Delft alumni
  • 10% for UN family staff members
  • 10% for groups of 5 or more (provided that the course starts at the same time and a group application has been sent)

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