University of Gonder Rural Development Department

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University of Gonder Rural Development and Agricultural Extension Department

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Background

Department of Rural Development and Agricultural Extension is one of the first three founding departments of the former Faculty of Agriculture (now College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences) in University of Gondar and it was established in 2010/11 academic year (2003 E.C.). The department was established having four academic staffs and 51 undergraduate students in one program (B.Sc degree in Rural Development and Agricultural Extension). The major focus area of the department is to facilitate rural centered, gender sensitive and ecologically sound agricultural and rural development endeavors by producing knowledgeable, skilled and competent graduates, and also conducting research and rendering community services. Currently, it has one undergraduate (RDAE) and three graduate (M.Sc. in Rural Transformation and Innovation System Management, MSc in Agricultural Extension and Communication, and M.Sc. in Rural Livelihood and Food Security) programs.
The department has 22 academic, 1 TA and 2 administrative staff members to facilitate the teaching learning, research and community service activities. From 22 academic staff members, 6 are on their study leave attending different level postgraduate programs under multidisciplinary fields of studies. Since its establishment in the University of Gondar, different research and community service works have been conducted by the department staff members. In this regard, the department has more than 23 completed research projects implemented in different research areas and more than 40 published research projects in different reputable journals.
The academic staff members of the department are also rendering different societal centered community services and disseminating new technologies. The department is also working together with different GOs, and NGOs, with those who have shared and common responsibilities and objectives to benefit the rural community.
Along with producing competent professionals, the Department is aimed to meet the following objectives:
To produce qualified and competent graduates in the field of Rural Development and Agricultural  Extension; and Rural Transformation and Innovation System Management  with the required skills, knowledge and attitudes
To facilitate, promote and disseminate  appropriate agricultural  technologies
To give community based services in area of rural livelihoods, food security, welfare of rural community
To facilitate pro-poor, gender sensitive and ecologically sound agricultural and rural development
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