Prof. H. M. S. K. Herath
With great pleasure, I would like to welcome you for the Faculty of Animal Science and Export Agriculture (FASEA) which is one of the three Faculties of Uva Wellassa University established in the year 2006 with its inception. According to the ‘Mission’, FASEA focuses on excelling in teaching & learning and research with a strong emphasis on value addition to the national livestock, agricultural crops and aquatic resources using modern, scientific and technological approaches. We envision that if it is to increase foreign exchange earnings obtained for agricultural and related products, learning and research must be excelled with a strong emphasis on value addition to local agricultural resources through modern innovative scientific and technological approaches. Thus, FASEA strives to achieve the mission by creating conducive environment for teaching & learning that enhances knowledge, essential skills, values and attitudes of undergraduates.
Currently, The FASEA has two Departments namely Department of Animal Science and Department of Export Agriculture. At the outset, two degree programmes namely Bachelor of Animal Science Honours under the Department of Animal Science and Bachelor of Science Honours in Export Agriculture under the Department of Export Agriculture were introduced. Accordingly, the first groups of students were admitted to the Faculty in August 2006. Another three degree programmes namely, Bachelor of Science Honours in Tea Technology and Value Addition, Bachelor of Science Honours in Palm & Latex Technology and Value Addition and Bachelor of Science Honours in Aquatic Resources Technology were developed and introduced; the former in 2008 and the latter two in 2009. At present, the Faculty delivers these degree programmes mainly focusing towards value addition to the agriculture, fisheries and related resources.
All our degree programmes are unique and delivered in English medium providing Essential Skills Development (ESD) and Broad General Education (BGE). Undergraduates are also provided with specialized knowledge in agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries and other related subjects, in their field of focus, in addition to equipping with practical skills, attitudes and insights to meet local and global challenges. It is also focused on transforming students’ mind-sets to be entrepreneurial because it is certainly important for our graduates to contribute to national economy in future.
The curricula of the degree programmes are reviewed and updated regularly in consultation with stakeholders considering local, regional and international trends, needs and standards. The Faculty has also initiated to provide postgraduate opportunities as well as other recognized courses such as diplomas and certificate courses under identified disciplines. Qualified staff of the Faculty is committed to develop high quality teaching, learning and research promoting intellectually stimulating multi-disciplinary environment for studies.
Overall, the Faculty expects to produce graduates who could make a significant impact to the national economy through the gains that they make during the stay at Uva Wellassa University.
I wish the success!
Prof. H.M.S.K. Herath
BSc Agric. (Hons) (SUSL), MPLR & MSc (Ghent-VUB, Belgium), PhD (Massey, New Zealand), PDF (Lanzhou, China)
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