Record intake for 2011 BTech Forestry & Wood Technology programme at NMMU George

9 February 2011

Record intake for 2011 BTech Forestry & Wood Technology programme at NMMU George

The BTech degree in Forestry offered by the School of Natural Resource Management at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s George Campus at Saasveld has again attracted a record number of students, continuing the proud history of this programme.

Eighty-five BTech students have recently registered for the 2011 academic year. Of this number six will be specializing in Wood Technology, with the bulk (79) studying Forestry. Fifty-five students, mostly working in the forestry industry, have opted for the block-release format which enables them to attend classes over a two week period in January and July. Thirty students, including those who have chosen wood technology, will pursue their studies on a full-time basis.

The BTech Forestry programme, which commenced as the National Higher Diploma in the early 1990’s with only ten students, has developed an excellent track record over the years to become a benchmark in the industry. The programme, which had about 66 student in 2010, continues to attract students from across the country, and from countries outside South Africa’s borders, such as Zimbabwe and Swaziland, to name a few.

The block format makes the BTech Forestry degree extremely attractive and viable for both the adult market and industry. It is also attuned to industry needs in terms of content, which adds to its broad appeal.

“The meaningful integration of scientific concepts and natural resource management applications is a distinguishing characteristic of this sought-after programme. The fact that most of our BTech students are sponsored by major forestry companies underscores the programme’s relevance”, says Dr Josua Louw, Director of the School of Natural Resource Management at NMMU George.

The course is also presented on a full time basis.

The following modules are offered as part of this curriculum:

Forest Management IV *
Forest Engineering Practices IV *
Silviculture IV *
Fire Ecology IV
Human Resource Management IV
Biometry IV
Environmental Management III
Woodland Ecology and Management III
Community Forestry III
Business Management III

(Note: * – indicates compulsory subjects of which one must be included in the selection of four modules.)

The scope of subjects allows students to choose subjects in accordance with personal interests and the needs of employers or industry needs. Four modules must be selected, subject to various requirements.

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