Department of Natural Resources

 In 1981, along with many other the departments, Department of Soil Science (Now Natural Resources) fell victim to Saddam Hussein's politically motivated university restructuring program. The department was forced to move from Sulaimani to Erbil.        

Fortunately for the people of Sulaimani, the Kurdish uprising of March 1991 and the subsequent formation of the Kurdistan Parliament, which on 31 October 1992 passed act number 29, paving the way for the department along with the university to be re-established in Sulaimani and to begin readmitting students. College of Agriculture was one of the basic colleges within the re-established University of  Sulaimani and started with a primary faculty staff of 31 lecturers on 28 November 1992. For the academic year of 1992-1993, the only department in agriculture was the Field Crop Department.

        As all the academic establishments of the university have progressed and advanced, so did the Soil Sciences Department with the support of a primary faculty of 7 lecturers. It also began to enroll students for the academic year 1993-1994. Consequently, the department was able to graduate its first 18 alumni in 1995-1996.

        The Department of  Soil Science as with the other academic establishments of the University of Sulaimani has paid significant attention to further education and scientific research and advancements. It has tried to guarantee scholarships internally and abroad for its alumni. Hence, the department announced the opening of three M.Sc. degrees in the academic year of 2001-2002 and three Ph.D. Degrees in Soil Sciences in the academic year of 2003-2004. The first Ph.D. degree in soil sciences awarded in 2007.

       One of the department's fundamental aims has been to constantly update its programs to ensure they meet international standards. This has been done through partnership programs with similar departments in different international universities. This aim has been spurred by the constant struggle to service the Kurdistan region and also for Kurdistan to play its role in the international effort to protect the environment. Our hope is that this effort will reward our students with great future careers in their fields.