About the Department

Brief Overview    
The Department of Horticulture and Plant Science is one of the oldest departments in the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine. It was established by the amalgamation of the former departments namely “department of horticulture” and “department of crop sciences”. Currently, it is the largest department both in terms of number of programs and student population. It hosts 3 PhD (Horticulture, Plant Breeding and Plant Pathology) and 7 MSc (Horticulture, Plant Breeding, Plant Pathology, Agricultural Entomology, Agronomy, Plant Biotechnology and Sugarcane Agronomy) programs. Moreover, the department hosts 3 different undergraduate programs (Horticulture, Plant Sciences and Sugarcane Agronomy).

The overall goal of the department is to develop competent and skilled horticulturists and plant scientists who will be able in conducting demand driven research and development activities in the area of horticulture and plant science and disseminating research results through well coordinated extension program

Mission and vision
The mission of the Horticulture and plant sciences department is to develop and implement horticultural and plant science education and research programmes that lead to the improvement and facilitation of cost-effective and profitable production and utilization of horticultural and crops commodities and services in a concerted effort to conserve natural resources while protecting and enhancing the environment.

Admission criteria
To be admitted to undergraduate (B.Sc.), candidates should fit to admission requirement to Ethiopian higher education institutions upon successful completion of two years preparatory education in natural science and pass the entrance examination prepared by the Ethiopian ministry of education. Placement of students to the program abides to the MoE affirmative regulation. Others like re-admission and advance standing shall be treated according to the academic rules and regulations of the universities. Students who graduated with diploma in the field of Horticulture, Plant sciences, General Agriculture and other related fields from recognized institutions can also apply to pursue their studies in regular, summer and extension programs based on the university legislations.

Service offered
Teaching, research, community services and consultancy

External Links
  • Community: The community in Southwest Ethiopia
  • Research partners: Ghent university, Belgium; Cornell University, USA; University of Georgia, USA; Kangwon National university, Korea
  • Governmental organizations: Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, The federal and regional agriculture offices