Arba Minch University
College of Agricultural Sciences at Kulfo Campus established in 2007 has had an impressive pool of undergraduate (BSc), Master (MSc) and PhD programs. Currently it runs 11 BSc, 15 Masters and 4 PhD programs. Among others, BSc in Food Science and Postharvest Technology as well as a BSc in Fisheries, Wetland and Wildlife Management, which after tracer studies found to be a highly sought-after program in the job market, were launched last year said, Yisehak Kechero (PhD, Associate Professor), Dean of College of Agricultural Sciences.
The College has also launched three new MSc programs, namely, MSc in plant breeding, MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology as well as an MSc in Dairy Science and Technology. The three new philosophic doctoral study programs, namely, a PhD in Animal Production, PhD in Soil and Water Management and a PhD in Horticulture are also underway. The principal pillars of agricultural sciences are enduring learning, demand-driven curricula, student-centered experimental learning and agricultural leadership development.
The College is hosting the new state-of the-art research center, i.e. Centre for Livestock and Fishery Research. It is being first of its kind in a university set-up in Ethiopia, AMU will be a pioneer in this arena. The center is headquartered at Kulfo campus, Arba Minch with satellite research stations at Mirab Abaya, Chencha, Bonke, Kucha, Sawula, Konso and South Omo zone. It’s prime aimed at contributing for the holistic development of region and country by generating, developing and adapting improved livestock production technologies in the area of feeds, nutrition, dairy, meat, poultry, fisheries, aquatic sciences, disease diagnostic, environmental concerns, livestock economics, gender, extension services through integration of innovative, demand-driven and problem-solving research, training, extension and a consultancy services to the local, national and international communities. The Centre will be entrusted with the mandate to generate and catalyze livestock knowledge, innovative technologies dissemination and services for sustainable livelihoods. The college is also nurtures Gircha Highland Fruits and Vegetable Research Centre based at Gircha in Chencha District of the Gamo Gofa zone. The Biodiversity Research Centre is also partly affiliated to it.
It is committed to train high caliber national and international professionals in the areas of agriculture, veterinary sciences, environmental sciences, and food science and post-harvest technology, undertaking demand-driven, novelty and problem-solving research, technology transfer and offering community services.
• Train high caliber professionals, both at undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels
• To partner with training, research, industry and extension/service institutions both locally and globally