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Forestry and Environmental Sciences

The initiative for the establishment of new study programs related to food, environment and agriculture has been started by Rector Prof. Dr. Ramë Vataj, where in December 2014 he proposed to the university senate the establishment of a professional commission that will deal with the research of the labor market and the capacities of the university for a new faculty and new study programs. The commission composed of, Dr. Bekim Gashi, Dr. Isuf Lushi and Dr. Hysen Bytyqi, after an extensive consultation with various experts but also with other universities in Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, Slovenia and Italy as well as various state institutions, proposed that within the University “Ukshin Hoti” in Prizren to be established a new faculty in the field of life sciences. Based on the study programs that this faculty will offer and other examples from the western world but also the field codes according to Erasmus, the commission drafted the report and proposed to the Senate and the SC that this academic unit be named: Faculty of Life Sciences and Environment.

Based on the specifics of UPZ and the demands of the labor market in the region of Prizren but also throughout Kosovo, the new study programs presented in this report will contribute to increasing the performance of UPZ in general but also the identification of this university. especially. Taking into account the tradition of the Prizren region but also the geographical position, then, these programs will directly or indirectly affect the growth and continuous economic and scientific development of this region through the qualification of experts in various fields.

Based on the provisions of article 55 and 56 of the Statute of the University “Ukshin Hoti” in Prizren, and upon the proposal of the commission and the rector, the Steering Council of UPZ supported the initiative (Decision no. 183/2015, dated 03.06.2015) that to establish the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences within the University “Ukshin Hoti” in Prizren.

Name of study program: Forestry and Environmental Sciences
Level of qualification according to KKK (abbreviations BA, B. Sc, MA, PhD) B. Sc. (Bachelor of Science)
Academic grade and diploma title (in full and with abbreviations) Bachelor of Forest and Environmental Sciences(Bsc. Forest and Environ.)
Area of study according to the Erasmus Subject Area Codes (ESAC) 01.6
Profile of the academic programme (specialisation) Life Sciences (Forestry Science)
Minimum period of study 3 years
Form of studies (full time, part time, distance learning etc.) Full time
Numbers of ECTS (total and per year) 180 ECTS
Modules Mathematics General and Organic Chemistry 1&2 Animal Biology Plant Biology Physics Systematic and Forest Botany Forest Pedology Basic Informatics English Language Silviculture 1 and 2 Forest Chemistry Forest Genetics Dendrometry Meteorology Meteorology Forest Pathology Forest Entomology Agroferstry Mechanics and Forestry Mechanization Plant Ecology and Geobotany Forest Resource Administration and Policy Forest Revitalization GIS for landscape analysis Elements of Economics Environmental and Forest Law Forest Management Planning Forest Protection from Fire B.Sc. Thesis Selective subjects: Forest Products Ecological Microbiology Plant Production Engineering Forest Infrastructure Forest Phytosociology Environmental Monitoring Forest harvesting Game management Forest Hydrology Practical course (work)
Number of students to be enrolled 50
Working group Dr. Bekim Gashi Dr. Elez Krasniqi Dr. Rame Vataj
The permanent academic staff (according to the academic grade) 1 - full professor (Prof. Dr.) 1 - associate professor (Prof. Asoc. Dr.) 3 - assistant professor (Prof. Ass. Dr.)
Tuition fees 50 euro / academic year

*Study fee will be set according to the MASHT directives!
Year I
First Semester Hours / week
Nr. O/E Subject teaching L U ECTS Lecturer
1. O Mathematics 3 2 6
2. O General and Organic Chemistry 1 3 2 6
3. O Plant Biology 3 2 6
4. O Animal Biology 3 2 6
5. O Physics 3 2 6
Total 30
Second Semester
Nr. O/E Subject teaching L U ECTS Lecturer
1. O Systematic and Forest Botany 3 2 6
2. O General and Organic Chemistry 2 3 2 6
3. O Forest Pedology 2 2 5
4. O Basic Informatics 2 2 5
5. O English Language 2 2 5
6. Z Elective modules: 3
Total 30
Year II
Third Semester
Nr. O/E Subject teaching L U ECTS Lecturer as
1. O Sylviculture 1 3 2 6
2. O Forest Chemistry 3 2 6
3. O Forest Genetics 3 2 6
4. O Dendrometry Meteorology 3 2 6
5. O Meteorology 3 2 6
Total 30
Semestri IV
Nr. O/E Subject teaching L U ECTS Lecturer
1. O Sylviculture 2 3 2 6
2. O Forest Pathology 2 2 5
3. O Forest Entomology 2 2 5
4. O Agroferstry 3 2 6
5. O Mechanics and Forestry Mechanization 2 2 5
6. Z Elective modules: 3
Total 30
Year III
Fifth semester
Nr. O/E Subject teaching L U ECTS Lecturer
1 O Plant Ecology and Geobotany 3 2 6
2. O Forest Resource Administration and Policy 3 2 6
3. O Forest Ergonomics 3 2 6
4. O Forest Revitalization 3 2 6
5. O GIS for landscape analysis 3 2 6
Total 30
Semester VI
Nr. O/E Subject teaching L U ECTS Lecturer
1. O Elements of Economics 2 2 5
2. O Environmental and Forest Law 3 2 6
3. O Forest Management Planning 3 2 6
4. O Forest Protection from Fire 3 2 6
5. Z Practice or/and Selective subjects 3
6. O B.Sc. Thesis 4
Total 30
Elective modules: Hours / week
Nr. O/E Subject teaching L U ECTS Lecturer
1 Z*** Forest Products 2 1 3
2 Z** Ecological Microbiology 2 1 3
3 Z* Plant Production 2 1 3
4 Z** Engineering Forest 2 1 3
5 Z*** Infrastructure Forest Phytosociology 2 1 3
6 Z* Environmental Monitoring 2 1 3
7 Z** Forest harvesting 2 1 3
8 Z** Game management 2 1 3
9 Z* Forest Hydrology 2 1 3
10 Z*** Practical course (work) 2 weeks (80 hours) 3
Abbreviations: L – Lecture; E – Exercise/laboratory; O – Obligate subject; S – Selective subject *Recommendation for first year **Recommendation for second year ***Recommendation for third year

Forests are a separate living space, they help establish the ecological balance and, at the same time, provide the human population with a basic source of recuperation, as well as numerous benefits intangible. Sustainable development is not possible without forestry professionals. Almost 60% of Kosovo’s territory is covered by forests, which is not so common in Europe and is an excellent opportunity for development, since scarce natural resources and to their sustainable management. The study program qualifies students to work in forest ecosystems in accordance with modern principles close to nature, and sustainable management. Such a scheme requires the connection between environmental, economic and technical sciences. It requires knowledge of forest ecosystems, social aspects of forest management, different techniques and technologies used in forest management and familiarity with modern methodological tools. One advantage of the study program is specifically on individual practice and work environment.

University Ukshin Hoti in Prizren has the necessary basis for the drafting and implementation of this study program, because the advantage of this proposed curriculum for accreditation, based on the trends of contemporary development in the field of science of forest, while the geographical position of region Prizren is close to National Park “Malet e Sharrit” makes this program even easier to implement in practice on the one hand, while on the other hand is also special program study because no other university in Kosovo does not offer study program Forestry Sciences.

Graduates may find employment in the public forest service enterprises, organizations of wildlife management and nature protection, economic organizations and schools (secondary and higher education). More and more opportunities are provided by self-employment – independent entrepreneur (initial processing of wood, creating forests, timber trading, fruit trees, ornamental wood production, ecotourism, private consulting agencies in forestry, biological engineering, spatial planning management of mountain areas). Due to large forest areas and their importance in Kosovo, the demand for forest professionals in administration, and governmental and non-governmental organizations dealing with the protection of nature, is growing.

A significant number of graduates can be employed in private enterprise, such as greenhouses for commercial production (production of fruit and ornamental plants), but also in laboratories relevant to the area.

Faculty: Faculty of Life Sciences and Environment

Title of the study program: Forest and Environmental Sciences

ECTS for the proposed study program: 180

European university study program which can be compared to the first cycle programme of the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences (University #1 means the University with which the programs of study are compatible up to 80% and University #2 means University with which there is similarity)²..

Ukshin Hoti University, Prizren University #1 Universiteti #2
University Ukshin Hoti University Università Politecnica delle Marche (Ancona, Italy). 2Università degli Studi di Palermo (Palermo, Italy).
3University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences and Environment Faculty of Agriculture 2Scienze Agrarie e Forestali
3Biotechnical Faculty
Study program name Forestry and Environmental Sciences Forest and Environmental Science 2Forest and Environmental Science
3Forestry and Renewable Forest Resources
Comparability % About 80% 2 About 80% 3 About 20%

*Study fee will be set according to the MASHT directives!

Forestry is the profession, science and skill of managing and preserving the forest ecosystems for the permanent benefit of society, the environment, and the economy. Therefore, the objective of undergraduate study of forestry trains students to manage forest ecosystems from a biological-environmental, technical and economic point of view.

The main goal of the program is to provide education in the bachelor level for forestry. Due to large forest areas and their importance in Kosovo, the demand for forest professionals in administration, and governmental and non-governmental organizations dealing with the protection of nature, is growing. Basic knowledge in natural sciences, together with their application in forestry, will provide the necessary education to the labor market requirements needed in forestry and in different professional skills, and will enable students to continue their studies in the second cycle program – Master.

Academic Degree title and diploma title in full and abbreviated form

The studies in this program are of BA level (3 years), with a total of 6 semesters of 30 ECTS each, a total of 180 ECTS.

Upon successful completion of studies, the candidate receives the title: Bachelor inForest and Environmental Sciences.