Department of Natural Resources

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

The Natural Resources Department was established at Natural Resources College in 2001 and has the mandate of teaching, conducting research, and providing outreach and consultancy services in Environmental Management, Irrigation, Land Administration and Agricultural Education. The department takes a leading role in the promotion of environment protection and natural resources conservation, agricultural production through the development, introduction and promotion of appropriate irrigation technologies and land administration and management practices for the sustainable production and national development. The department places a strong emphasis on research and firmly believes that a research-oriented atmosphere enhances the quality of the teaching and learning process. The department welcomes partnership with industry as one way of linking its teaching and research with industrial needs.

MISSION

The mission of Natural Resources Department is to advance, promote and disseminate the knowledge and application of environmental and natural resource management aspects, irrigation engineering techniques and land administration and management practices while conserving natural resources, preserving environmental quality, and ensuring the health and safety of people
The aims of the department include; teaching technical and management skills leading to Certificate in Basic Studies, Diploma in Agriculture Education, Diploma in Environmental Management, Diploma in Irrigation Technology and Diploma in Land Administration. The Natural Resources Department at NRC campus embraces four key thematic areas in Natural Sciences aimed at building capacity in areas of Agriculture Education, Basic Studies, Environmental Management, Irrigation Technology and Land Administration. These programmes were developed with the aim of producing front-line staff in natural resources and agriculture sectors. Training in Natural Resources Department is geared at providing technical skills and understanding of natural resources and management issues. The department also offers basics courses across all the programmes at NCR Campus.

PROGRAMS; UNDER GRADUATE PROGRAMS
1.CERTIFICATE IN BASIC STUDIES

This program is a tailor made program aimed at allowing candidates who have a desire to have a certificate in advanced basic studies. It prepares candidates willing to upgrade their qualifications in various Universities across the region and beyond.

2.DIPLOMA IN AGRICULTURE EDUCATION

The program in agriculture education at diploma level was developed to complement the efforts of government so to increase the number of trained agriculture teachers for the secondary sub-sector thereby contributing towards reducing the shortage of the much needed agriculture teachers. The Program aims at preparing outstanding, reflective and life-long learning to agriculture educators at diploma level who will contribute to national development in Malawi. It clearly stipulates at equipping students with agriculture knowledge, skills and attitudes at diploma level who can competently teach secondary school agriculture curriculum for national development and food security. It provides agriculture teachers with appropriate subject matter for effective teaching and learning. It involves training agriculture teachers in appropriate methodologies of teaching and learning, instilling professional ethics and ultimately producing graduates with capabilities of conducting research and development in agriculture education sector.

3.DIPLOMA IN ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

The policy change in the Malawi Government has not only called for changing attitudes in people but also change in the focus, attitudes, and skills of the extension service providers. For this reason, the department felt challenged to provide training that meets these demands and recent talks on environmental degradation in the country and indeed the policy changes in the country necessitated the need for training more frontline staff in the field of environmental management. The Program aims at preparing outstanding, reflective and life-long learning to technical experts in environmental management at diploma level who will contribute to national development in Malawi. It clearly stipulates at equipping students with natural resources and environment management knowledge, skills and attitudes at diploma level who can competently for national development and food security

4.DIPLOMA IN IRRIGATION TECHNOLOGY

The program was strategically established to develop capacity of agricultural extension staff in the management and transfer several of irrigation technologies and services so as to achieve sustainable food and income security at household and national level.

5.DIPLOMA IN LAND ADMINISTRATION

The policy change in the Malawi Government has not only called for changing attitudes in people but also change in the focus, attitudes, and skills of the extension service providers in land administration. For this reason, the department felt challenged to provide training that meets these demands. A curriculum that is responsive to the current needs and challenges facing the country was developed to tackle extension service in terms of Land management since proper management of the Land can bring a significant change to the country’s agricultural system which is the major driver of the Malawi’s economy