Sept. 6, 2016, 12:27 p.m.

Department of Horticulture is one of the main and important departments in the College of Agriculture was establish in 1992 with the establishment of the university and college in name of plant production department and in 2000-2001 has became horticulture department. The preliminary study started in 1992-1993 whereas  the postgraduate studies started in 1997-1998 The number of teaching staff is 34.

  •       Number of current undergraduate is 253.
  •       Staff /student ratio 7.6.
  •       The teaching staff includes 1 professor, 12 assistant professors, 12 lecturers and 9 Assistant Lecturers.

Duties of department

Horticulture department tried  to coordinate with its scientific programs of education in order to prepare and graduate a rich in specialists  horticulture sciences to be able to work in the management and production of various agricultural crops and improve their  quality and quantity, as well as  provide them with scientific testimony in the fields of (vegetables, fruit, ornamental plants production, seedling production, plant physiology and tissue culture), Furthermore ,working to strengthen relations and continuous communication with colleges, scientific institutes, domestic and foreign government departments to exchange ideas, information and scientific expertise, and trying to solve agricultural problems in the region, producing and importing new stocks of horticultural plants, their cultivation methods and fertilization and irrigation, and how to work or use of agro- machines and apparatus for harvesting and irrigation, breeding of various horticultural plants, testing and seed production ..... etc.

 Goals of department

  •       Preparing agricultural engineers with scientific and practical experience to build up their ability to develop agriculture in Kurdistan and increase the level of fruit, vegetables and ornamental plants production, and find the best solutions to agricultural problems and who are working in this area.
  •       Creating and producing new cultivars of fruit and ornamental trees that are adapted to the Kurdistan environment as well as the production and preparation of horticultural seedlings from outside Kurdistan region through college nurseries.
  •       Developing the staff through the opening training workshops, English and computer application courses, as well as participation in national session's campaigns in order to raise and develop the scientific and practical level in order to develop horticultural production in Kurdistan.

 Department programs and activities                                                                           the department adopted  several goals through balance and integration between education, research and other activities to facilitate access to the task, and the  department activities includes in the following fields

1. Production and breeding of horticultural plants and their physiology.
2. Activating the role of the protected production. (Production of protected crops)
3. Overseeing on the parks.
4. Opening training courses in the field of seed technology.
5. Researches for rapid processing.
6. Dissemination of research in local and international journals.
7. Cooperation with government departments and institutions.
8. Assessment of research, master (MS) and doctoral (PHD) thesis.

Aims of education programs

  • Working on the ongoing cooperation with the teaching staff generations and students in order to raise their scientific levels.
  • Preparing graduates with scientific expertise and agricultural supervisors for development in the field of fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants production.

 Work fields for graduates of department:

  • Graduates can work in the public sector (government) and private
  • The Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • The Ministry of Youth and Sports (sports stadiums management playgrounds football, slob)
  • The Ministry of Tourism ( management of natural areas in the region
  • Intergovernmental and nongovernmental Nurseries
  • The Ministry of Municipalities (supervision of the tourism parks and gardens )
  • Workshops on education and dealing with horticultural crops
  • agricultural research stations or centers (horticultural)
  • prepare the cadres of the institutes and high school