The Department of Natural Resources was established in 2019 as a part of the College of Agricultural Engineering Sciences at the University of Sulaimani. Formally, this department was known as Soil and Water Sciences from 1995–2019. It was established to fill the gaps in the social requirements regarding different fields of natural resource specializations such as water resources, soil science, fishery, forestry, tourism, watershed management, and environmental sciences. The department consists of five laboratories for performing practical parts of the lectures, one lab for the postgraduate students, two halls for theoretical lectures, and one meteorological station, which is located outside the department building.
The department’s vision is to improve environmental sustainability by rehabilitating, developing, and managing agricultural and natural resources, as well as addressing the social and ecological dimensions of natural resources and the environment. To be exact,
The mission of the Natural Resources Department is to provide information, teach students about the function and dynamics of renewable resources, and train scientific personnel who support the conservation and sustainability of this world’s resources. The department continually updates its programs to ensure they meet international standards. This has been done through partnership programs with similar departments at different international universities. This has been spurred by the constant struggle to serve the Kurdistan Region and for Kurdistan to play its role in the global effort to protect the environment. We hope that this effort will reward our students with great future careers in their fields.
Students who graduate from the Natural Resources Department should be able to integrate technical “field” knowledge with their skills to solve important natural resource management problems. They should be able to communicate effectively, work collaboratively, assess their professional strengths and weaknesses, and be committed to continuous learning and professional development.
They should be able to achieve the following aspects:
The study methods in this department are both theoretical and practical.
The official language of instruction in the department is English.
65 hours per week. Study in this department is for 4 academic years (8 semesters).