DIPLOMA IN FOREST RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

Posted by on September 25, 2016

Background

Forestry is a comparatively new field in the Rwandan education system; with most people working in the forestry sector either being educated in agriculture or agroforestry, but not in commercially oriented plantation forestry. However, the need to improve forest resources management in Rwanda was recognized, leading amongst others to a change in the curriculum of schools.

Accordingly, in 2014, Kitabi College of Conservation and Environmental Management (KCCEM) started a new diploma course in Forest Resources Management. The aim was to provide in-depth training in a variety of subject areas relating to Forest Resources Management in order to develop a comprehensive understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of forestry and natural resources management within the Albertine Rift Region. This diploma course provides detailed knowledge and skills in forest ecosystems, forest mensuration and engineering, forest management and development, forest resources economics, entrepreneurship and silviculture. In addition, the program aims to develop analytical skills, independence, self-discipline and professionalism for a diploma graduate

Diploma in Forest Resources Management – Modules and course units

MODULE COURSE UNIT
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATION o   ICT skills

o   Communication Skills

o   English language skills

BASIC SCIENCES IN FORESTRY o   Basic Physics

o   Forest Biology

o   Basics of Chemistry

o   Introduction to Soil Science

PRINCIPLES OF FORESTRY AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT o   Introduction to Forestry and Agro-forestry

o   Introduction to Rural Development

o   Rural Sociology and Forestry Extension

BASICS OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES AND NATURE CONSERVATION o   Introduction to Climatology and Climate change

o   Biodiversity Conservation

o   Protected Areas and Range land Management

FOREST ECOLOGY o   Introduction to General Ecology

o   Forest Ecosystems and Ecological Restoration

o   Forest Soil Management

SILVICULTURE o   Tree seeds, Nursery management and Propagation Methods

o   Silvicultural treatments and Dendrology of major species in Rwanda

o   Tree Genetics and Improvement

FOREST MENSURATION o   Forest Measurement

o   Forest Inventory

o   Tree and Stand Growth/Yield Estimation

o   GIS and Remote Sensing in Forest Inventory

FOREST MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT o   Forest management planning

o   Forest Protection

o   Forest development

FOREST ENGINEERING, HARVESTING AND SAFETY o   Forest roads construction and maintenance

o   Land survey and mapping

o   Logging and Ergonomics

o   Forest safety

WOOD PROPERTIES AND UTILIZATION o   Basic properties of wood

o   Saw milling and timber seasoning

o   Wood based materials

FOREST RESOURCES ECONOMICS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP o   Introduction to Forest economics

o   Fundamentals of Accounting

o   Entrepreneurship

o   Emerging global issues

RESEARCH METHODS AND STATISTICS o   Introduction to research methodology

o   Elementary (forest)Biometry

o   Research report writing

INTERNSHIP / FINAL YEAR PROJECT

Extra-Curricular activities

Taught modules are supplemented with optional activities and projects to enhance students’ knowledge and skills in the field of Forest Resources Management. Such initiatives include: The tree nursery development project in forest green house of KCCEM, Environmental Clubs, Community Outreach and student engagement in research projects undertaken by the College and Conservation partners including Rwanda Natural Resources Authority (RNRA), RIFFEAC, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), National Forest Company (NFC Ltd), and International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO).

Entry qualification

The minimum entry qualification required for admission is the highSchoolDiploma (A2) or equivalentin Forestry. Eligible mature studentswith a Certificatefrom an accredited/recognized institution must have attainedat least a creditpass in Forestry and must have at least twoyear’sworkingexperience in a relevant profession.

Program duration, assessment and award

KCCEM Diploma in Forest Resources Management programs are completed in a two-years period; each year is divided into two semesters. Students must gain 240 credits to be eligible for the award of Diploma in Forest Resources Management. In order to pass Diploma modules, students must achieve a final module mark of not less than 50% (continuous work assessment and final examination). The assessment is based on 40% for continuous assessment and 60% final examination. Upon completion of the course, graduates are a warded a Diploma in Forest Resources Management (A1).

Potential career path

Students taking the Forest Resources Management course are trained to be highly competitive on the regional and national job markets. Some of the working areas include but not limited to: forestry, natural resources management agencies, protected areas, NGOs and privatesectororganizations and manyothers.

Fees Structure

Students on Forest Resources Management Diploma are required to pay the samefees as detailedbelow:

Item Cost per academic year (Rwfs)
Application fee 5,000 Rwfs
Registration fee (including field uniform) 80,000 Rwfs
Tuitionfee 600,000Rwfs
Total 685,000 Rwfs

 

KCCEM Account Number:

Bank of Kigali (BK):

  • 2850694514036 (Rwandan Francs)