Programs | Courses Offered At University of Energy and Natural Resource, UENR Forest Science
Currently, the Department runs undergraduate programmes in Natural Resources earning a degree in
BSc. Natural Resources with options in Social Forestry, Forest Resource Management and Wood Science and Forest Products.
Students’ Industrial Attachment
As part of the University’s vision of training its students to be practically efficient in the various fields of studies, the Department organizes a one SEMESTER compulsory industrial attachment programme for all third year students. The students are attached to the various institutions/firms in their study areas to get hands-on training in the job market. This program together with other specially tailored field practical programs gives our students an added advantage in terms of enhancing their practical understanding with regards to the skills which are solicited for in the job market.
Some institutional collaborators for students’ attachment
Some out-station organizations which are already in collaboration with the Department include:
i. Forestry Commission Offices – Nationwide
ii. Environmental Protection Agency – Nationwide
iii. Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG) – Fumesua
iv. Soil Research Institute – Kwadaso, Kumasi
v. Cocoa Research Institute – New Tafo
vi. Plant Genetic Research Centre – Bunso
vii. Samartex Timber & Plywood Company
viii. United Nations University-Institute for Natural Resources in Africa
The annual output of such collaboration is fashioned out in 4 core objectives:
1. To provide hands on experience to students
2. To research into innovative and problem areas of out-station institution
3. To enhance research/ collaboration between the Department and Other institutions.
4. To present students with potential job placement opportunities in out-station organizations.
Field training in the Forest
Undergraduate students in this Department just like other students in Natural Resources have the opportunity to undertake at least two weeks field training at Bosankro in Tinte Bepo forest reserve in the Brong Ahafo Region. During this period students are trained in forest inventory and tree identification.
Upcoming Postgraduate and Professional Programs
I. MPhil Social Forestry and Environmental Governance
II. Masters in Business Administration in Natural Resources
III. MSc. Forestry Extension and Rural Development
IV. MSc. Natural Resource, Gender and Development
V. Natural Resources Professional Development
Potential Career Opportunities
Students completing undergraduate and graduate programmes in this Department will have diverse opportunities such as:
Short, Medium and Long term plans
- Developing Strategic plan for the Department
- Developing Masters and PhD programmes in collaboration with other Departments and Institutions in and outside the University
- Developing Professional Development Skills Training Manuals
- Establishing strong partnership with organisations and firms in natural resources arena to enhance the job placement of our students.
- Developing module in soft skills non-credit courses in the area of interpersonal skills, Resume/bio/CV development, public speaking and communication to enhance the marketability of our graduate in the business world.
- Creating Entrepreneurial centre for students to have additional business skills to establish their own jobs and recruit others.
Academic Staff in the Department
The Forest Science Department boasts of multidisciplinary staff members with background and expertise in Governance, Ecology, Social Forestry, Agro forestry, Enterprise Development, Gender responsiveness, Wood Science, Policy and law.
Name: Dr. (Mrs.) Mercy Afua Adutwumwaa Derkyi
Position: Lecturer, Ag. Head, Department of Forest Science
Name: Mr. Isaac K. Abebrese
Position: Senior Lecturer, Dean, School of Natural Resources
Name: Mr. Alexander Baffour Afrifa
Position: Lecturer and Examinations Officer
Name: Dr. Simon Abugre
Position: Senior Lecturer, Ag. Dean of Students
NAME: Mr. Daniel Akoto Sarfo
Position: Lecturer, Students’ Attachment Coordinator and PhD Candidate (Sandwich), University of Bonn, Germany
The Department has two teaching assistants and they are:
- Mr. Alex Appiah Mensah
- Mr. Prince Kwadwo Amoako
The Head of Department, Forest Science
School of Natural Resources, UENR
P.O. BOX 214 Sunyani
Tel. No. 0242186155