About the Faculty of Forestry
The Faculty of forestry (FOF) was established in the year 1975, as a forestry department in the faculty of agriculture at Shambat University Campus. In 1993, the department was transformed into a full- fledged faculty. The Faculty has four departments: Forest Management, Silviculture, Forest Products and Industries and Forest Protection and Conservation. Last year, two more units were established, namely Training and Information Unit (TIU) and Nursery and Forestation Unit (NFU).
The FOF is in Shambat campus, that is located in Khartoum North.
Academic staff and teaching assistants
Currently the FOF staff includes 5 professors, 6 associate professors, 7 assistant professors, 14 lecturers and 11 teaching assistants. A number of lecturers and Teaching Assistants are currently pursuing their training locally or abroad for M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees.
The Faculty currently enrolls 371 B. Sc. Students, two thirds of which are males and the rest are females. The number of students who are registered for M.Sc. exceeds 50 and those registered for Ph.D. are 8.
There are four specialized laboratories in the Faculty, a laboratory for each department. Each laboratory accommodates about (60) students. The laboratories are used by the B.Sc. students, graduate students and members of the teaching staff. There is also one surveying and remote sensing unit which serves the department of Forest Management. The TIU has a computer laboratory which is used for training courses arranged by the FOF as a contribution in community service. There are also three post-graduate rooms, each of which is equipped with 6 computers and internet connectivity.
The FOF has its own library which can accommodate about 60 students at a time. In addition to the traditional library the FOF is preparing for an electronic library-Huda Sharawi Library- named after the late Dr. Huda Sharawi who was a staff member of this faculty. The electronic library can accommodate 20 students at a time. Shambat library, the main library in Shambat Campus, is also accessible to the FOF students. It contains a lot of specialized books, periodicals, dissertations and other relevant material.
The Faculty of Forestry presents research opportunities and studies in the various fields of forestry in its four departments. Those research activities are designed to meet the needs and solve the problems that faced both the production and industrial forest sectors. Some of the research is conducted at the various geographical sites. These researches and studies are usually published in the University of Khartoum Journal of Agriculture Sciences (UKJAS), Sudan Silva and in some International and Regional Journals and Periodicals. All the Departments of the FOF exert their efforts to coordinate and cooperate with other related institutions, private and governmental sectors, in order to find finance for their applied researches.
The Faculty of Forestry has good relations with most of the faculties of Forestry, Science, Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences in Sudan. Many members of the teaching staff undertake teaching and supervision for the students of the above mentioned faculties in the U of K and in other Universities. Some members of the teaching staff are on secondment to some universities in Arab and African countries and others are doing their postgraduate studies at similar or relevant faculties in Europe, USA and Japan. The FOF has Agreements with some European universities; examples are the University of Helsinki in Finland and TU Dresden in Germany.
Public Services Offered by the Faculty
The Faculty staff is involved in activities (Seminars, Workshops and Planning) in collaboration with other Government Agencies in various fields of forestry. The faculty staff and students are also involved in extension services to the different communities whose activities are related to forestry. The Training and Information Unit (TIU) organizes training courses in forestry and related fields as a contribution from the FOF in community service. The Forestation and Nursery Unit (FNU) supplies the community with tree seedlings, ornamental and flowering plants, which are produced in the FOF nursery in large quantities and sold thereafter to the community for reasonable prices to encourage them increase green areas in their living or working territories. It also supplies the community with extension services related to tree planting, irrigation and protection. The FNU designed and implemented some forestation programs in the U of K lands in Soba are, Khartoum State. Rows of some selected forest trees were planted around each of five land pieces owned by the U of K. The trial was a real challenge to the FOF, but the outcome was excellent and the U of K Higher Administration was surprised by the success; and encouraged the FOF to carry out similar activities in the other areas owned by the U of K: especially those which are remote and threatened by invaders from neighboring villages. The activities of the community service of the FOF was not confined to tree planting only, but it extended to cover other areas, namely designing and implementing green areas. It started with its own squares at the FOF and extended afterwards to cover the squares of the U of K Administration (the U of K Principal's Office), Wadaa Hall squares and the squares of the Department of Linguistics' . The FOF received requests from many faculties, departments and units of the U of K to design and implement green areas in their squares.