The faculty of Agronomy was established in 1955. The precursors of the faculty are respectively the Department of Agriculture at the College of Agriculture – Forestry – Animal (1955); the Faculty of Agriculture at National Center for Agriculture (1968), the Institute of National Agriculture (1974); and the Faculty of Farming at the University of Agriculture No. 4 (1975). In 1990, the faculty was renamed the Faculty of Agronomy, a faculty at the Nong Lam University – Hochiminh City.
The Faculty of Agronomy has three main mandates as below:
- Providing undergraduate and postgraduate academic programs
- Researching on related areas
- Transferring advanced technologies for production and developing international cooperation
The faculty’s fundamental aim is to provide advanced and modern technologies and knowledge for the society in the two main majors: Agronomy and Plant Protection. The faculty offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees with high quality to meet the requirements of human resources for the industrialization and modernization in Vietnam. The graduates from the faculty have specialised knowledge and experiences, and are able to do research on related areas.
- Undergraduate programs (4 years) in two majors: Agronomy and Plant Protection for both fulltime and part-time students.
- Undergraduate programs in Horticulture and Marketing would be first introduced in the academic year of 2010.
- Postgraduate programs (Master’s and Doctoral degrees) in three majors: Crop Science, Plant Protection and Soil Science.
The faculty has approx. 50 employees, of this approx. 42 staff members (5 Assoc. Professors, 5 Doctors, 15 Masters and 9 Bachelors).
The faculty comprises 7 departments: (1) Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, (2) Genetics and Plant Breeding, (3) Plant Protection, (4) Soil-Agro Chemistry, (5) Water Management, (6) Industrial Crops, and (7) Food – Vegetable – Flower and Fruit Crops, and (8) Administration office. The faculty has an area of approx. 12 hectares for research, experiments, and practicing. The Organizational structure of Faculty of Agronomy are given as follows:
Our on-going and productive research programs focus on improving of crop production and supporting the agricultural and environmental sustainability with the main areas as below:
- Selection and introduction of new plant varieties
- Water – soil resources management
- Cropping systems in the Mekong Delta, Southeastern areas and the highlands
- Agricultural chemical residues
- Heavy metals and Nitrate in agricultural products and environment
- Microorganism contamination in agricultural products
- Safe and organic vegetable production
- Irrigation and drainage systems
- Plant nutrition and soil fertility
- Pest management
The faculty has had strong cooperation with the Department of Science and Technology, and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Hochiminh City and surrounding provinces: Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, Binh Phuoc, Ba Ria Vung Tau, Dong Nai, Lam Dong, Long An, Dong Thap, Ben Tre and Tra Vinh. The faculty also has active cooperation with the Southern Institute of Agriculture, the Southern Institute of Fruit Trees, and the Cuu Long Delta Rice Research Institute.
The faculty has conducted many projects in related areas with organizations from various countries over the world. Some remarkable projects carried out by the faculty in recent years are (1) the Vietnam-Netherland Higher Education Project, (2) World Bank Project, (3) the Assessing the loss of rice yield in unirrigated fields (GTZ), (4) the Planning for Irrigation and Drainage systems in the Camau peninsula (IRRI), (5) Dry rice-seeding technique in unirrigated areas (IRRI), (6) Improving acid sulfate soils (IRRI), (7) Rice – Shrimp program (ACIAR), (8) Cassava Asian Regional Program (CIAT, SATREPS), (9) Rural development program (Switzerland), (10) Natural Resources Protection in highlands (Ford Foundation), (11) Cocoa Program (ACRI, USA), (12) Effects of agro-chemicals on soil microorganism communities (IRRI), (13) Soil and Plant contamination program (ACIAR), (14) Coconut Beetle program (FAO) and (15) Seed Conservation (Darwin Initiative and Reading University, UK).
The faculty has disseminated research results as well as advanced technologies on new varieties, procedures for producing safe vegetables, procedures for intensive cultivation of various crops in the East and West Southern areas, highlands and the Central areas. Besides, the faculty has conducted short training courses for the local scientists and farmers.
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