The Department of forestry was established in 1995 to provide professionals in the field of forestry:
- The B.Sc. program initiated in 1996.
- A program for M.Sc. was initiated in 1998.
- The average annual enrollment is about (50) students for the undergraduate and about (4) for the graduate level.
- Since 1999 admission has been based on average of student marks of the baccalaureate.
- The current enrolled number of students is about 191.
- The ratio of students to faculty staff is 7.
- The School follows the credit – hour system.
The School of forestry aims at providingstudents with high quality education, research, and leadershipdevelopment in forestry disciplines.
The School of Forestry furnish students with necessary education toface forestry problems in the region and to make sound decisions concerning conservation of forest resources and assurance of sustainable yield of market and non market goods and services. It also strongly focuses on how to establish sustainable forest plantations and protection and care of woodland and natural forests. The school encouragesresearch programs that lead to solving the problems that the forestry sector encounters.
Goals and Objectives:
The School of Forestry provides high quality education and researchprograms to enable students analyzing issues of plantationsilviculture, understanding the essentials of agroforestry and urban forestry and conservation of forest resources. It also leads students to grasp issues of forest management and economics, and comprehend how to utilize forest and manufacture of wood products. Since Kurdistan is mostly amountainous region, much emphasis is made in providing knowledge of soil and water conservation. Both students and staff research are oriented toward upgrading the role of forest in conservation of soil water and other natural resources.
The Education Program:
The School of forestry implements its goals and objectives throughwell balanced integration between education, research, andoutreach activities.In order to facilitate achieving the mission of the school, Forestry activities may bedivided into several areas of interest.
- Forest Silviculture.
- Forest Management and Economics.
- Wood Science and Forest Utilization.
- Forest resources conservation.
- Wildlife Management.
- Agroforestry, Urban Forestry, and Tourism.
The Objective of the Department Curricula:
- Providing students a broad education in core areas of forestry.
- Providing students the background necessary for graduate studies.
- Providing students transferable and analytical skills suitable for a range of graduate careers.
- Providing students with the knowledge of natural resources closely related to forestry in order to gain possible employment in those fields. Curricula development according to credit hours (all curricula are obligatory).
The forestry department offers diverse areas of studies to preparethem for careers in public and private sectors.Careers include:
- Ministry of Agriculture / Forestry sector.
- Soil conservation projects.
- Summer resorts and national parks.
- Workshops of wood industries.
- High school education.
- Research Institutes
Strategies for Development:
In order to enhance the performance of school staff, currently there are five staff members working on their postgraduate studies in European countries, mostly working on their Ph.D. degree. A coherent and high quality curriculum has been developed to fulfill theintended purposes of student progression and achievementwhich lead directly to employment or prepare for graduatestudies. The school also has greatly improved its teaching and learning facilities which boost the quality of education delivered to the students.