Our Department mainly focuses on educating students in ways that help them address and answer the most pressing issues of our era:
- How can we feed a world where our climate and natural resources are irreversably changing?
- How can Kyrgyzstan use all of its natural and agrarian biodiversity to meet the needs of humanity?
- How can we produce food products without damaging the soil, water, and atmosphere?
- How can Kyrgyzstan integrate itself into the world agricultural system in order to address issues such as the ecology of landscapes, increasing the yield of crops and livestock, and ensuring global food safety and energy insurance?
- How can we use markets and other economic and political tools to help us achieve all of the above?
Since accepting its first students in 2009, the Department of Horticulture has grown to encompass classes, laboratories, and practical experience. The goal of the Department is to prepare specialists in the fields of agriculture and agroengineering. Students are prepared for professional life through a rigorous educational program designed based on international standards and recent developments in the field of agricultural technology, and through giving students practical experience they need to build their careers. The Bachelor's program covers four years, plus one additional year of language programs. At the end of their studies, students receive diplomas valid in Kyrgyzstan and in Turkey, and many continue to successful careers. They are able to find fulfilling work developing agriculture in Kyrgyzstan and beyond.
The main goal of our Department is to teach and develop methods based on science of cultivating horticulture and agricultural production that do not damage the environment, that also take into consideration safety and economic principles.
To reach these goals, the Department teaches modern methods of cultivating plants, based on physiological and ecological basics. Students study the history and culture of agriculture, methods of cultivation, growing species that are resistant to drought and pests, and meeting the needs of producers and farmers.
Attention is also paid to preparing professionals to meet the needs of the job market and to help them make a contribution towards the development of society.
What our graduates do after completing their studies and where they work:
- At universities and research institutes;
- At governmental and non-governmental organizations related to agriculture, production, marketing, and ecology;
- At investment firms and banks for agriculture;
- As technical advisors at private firms;
- At private enterprises (greenhouses, farms, gardens, floriculture, etc);
- Preparing plants for medicine and fertilizer;
- At landscaping firms;
- At firms that prepare canned and preserved food;
- Producing fruit juices;
- At factories the process sugar or flour;
- At laboratories that evaluate the quality of plants and soil;
- At firms that evaluate and certify agricultural products;
- At organic farms and private farms;
- At farms that produce animal feed;
- On agricultural projects at the national and international level;
- In agricultural businesses;
- At educational institutes;
- As specialists, consultants, and experts.
Research work is also carried out by the faculty members of our Department. They make use of the research laboratory, fully equipped with modern equipment, including a climate cabinet, autoclave, drying cupboard, thermostat, and laminar box. Students also gain practical experience at fields around the university.
Department of Horticulture