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Department of Soil Science and Water Resources

Vision
The vision of the department of soil science and water resources (SSWR) in achieving the vision of the faculty of agriculture through the following:
• Provide an academic environment to help the student to learn and develop its culture, and to give opportunities for the staff of the faculty to perform their scientific mission.
• Excellence in teaching methods in the supply of qualified cadres to the community and developing the production of healthy food from the available natural resources through sustainable agricultural development, preservation of the environment and community service, and able to implement agricultural policies and compete locally and globally.
• Encourage scientific research for sustainable agriculture production, and is able of worldwide competition.
• Participation of SSWR in the agricultural and scientific conferences,and in the assessment of projects
• Providing the results of scientific research and consultancy for investors and decision-makers.
• Strengthen the channels of extension services, community service and the development of rural communities.
Mission
The Program of the SSWR contributes in the college’s mission, which seeks to discover the dissemination and application of knowledge to efficient management of natural resources in order to provide food and sustainable agricultural development with the preservation of the environment. As the department to prepare qualified personnel for the development of agricultural production and community service by doing applied research to find solutions to the problems of society in the field of Agricultural especially the fields of soil and water resources. Our department also participates in the implementation of extension services for the transfer of knowledge and the results of applied research and to participate with other departments locally, regionally and internationally to develop education and scientific research.
Objectives
The objectives of the SSWR in achieving the objectives of the faculty of agriculture through the following:
• Providing graduate students for higher studies with practical skills and theory in the field of soil and water sciences. Also, students should be able to apply their knowledge of the principles in agriculture to the benefit of the nation.
• Making an excellent relationship with other departments and other faculties and research centers, and with the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Water Resources and Ministry of Environment.
• Developing the program and academic courses to meet the requirements of society.
• Improving the quality of soil reclamation and maximize the return of the soil and water unit, and giving special attention to desert soils, which require special skills.
• Special focus on the rational use of water and prevent soil and water pollution
• Investment in information technology (IT) for the development of education, research and community service.
• Apply a quality assurance program to develop performance rates in education, research and community service.
• Developing a strategy for scientific research linked to the need to increase the yield of the unit of soil, water and sustainable increase in agricultural land area to meet the needs of the community.
• Integration with specialties and capabilities and available resources in the faculty,university,  research centers,  and other universities.
• Encourage local and international cooperation for the development of education systems,  scientific research and exchange of experiences.
About

The department of soil science and water resources (SSWR) was established in 2012 as one of the five departments in the faculty of agriculture of the University.  The department offers a 4‑year degree program leading to B.Sc. in agriculture. The department is  interested in  studying soil science in terms of origin and composition, classification and listing and chemical and physical properties, soil fertility and soil organisms of the soil types at regional and global level, and the department gives special attention to the soil as an environment for plant growth with the properties and soil quality assessments.  Also, our department focuses on the relationship of soil and water with plant, techniques of fertilization with irrigation, identifying the needs of water and fertilizer depending on the soil and water condition, as well as the impact of environmental pollution and contamination of soil. In addition, the department will be given special attention to the field of fertilizers, fertilization and plant nutrition as well as remote sensing (RS) techniques and geographic information systems and their applications in various areas of natural resource listing and management of soil, water and agriculture in general.

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