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UNIVERSITY OF FORESTRY

Faculty of Agronomy

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Mission
Faculty of Agronomy is an established structure of the University of Forestry, which is the result of more than 20-year effort of the academic and administrative staff.For years, we maintain a high level of educational teaching and research activities, which is reflected in the results of the rating system and accreditation assessments.

The mission of the Faculty of Agronomy is to build highly qualified professionals with perspective thinking and ethical behavior, and to conduct fundamental and applied research. FA promotes freedom of creativity, responsible attitude to the world, the creative contribution to improving the quality of life. Through education, research and scientific applied activities are striving to find solutions to any problems related to the sustainable farm management, to make selection of protecting soil fertility and environmentally friendly practices and to disseminate this knowledge. The faculty has a modern material and technical facilities and highly qualified scientific and academic staff.

History
The beginning of the higher agricultural education in Bulgaria was with the opening in 1921 of the Faculty of Agronomy at Sofia University with Dean prof. DSc Yanaki Mollov. In the academic year 1923/24, began construction of a new building for the Faculty of Agronomy on blvd. "Dragan Tsankov" № 8 with funds provided by the Rockefeller Foundation and the government.

In 1925, the Academic Council of the University decides to open Department of Forestry at Faculty of Agronomy and by the Decree № 287/09.07.1925, the Agronomy Faculty was renamed as Faculty of Agronomy and Forestry.

Until 1975 Faculty of Agronomy managed to maintain its integrity and conduct training to the graduation of the class of 1977/78, after which was closed and moved to the Higher Institute of Agriculture in Plovdiv.

On 09.14.1994, the decision of the Academic staff of the Higher Forestry Institute in the city. Sofia is recovering the Faculty of Agronomy. At the end of 1999, due to the requirements of the Law on Higher Education about structure and composition of faculties and departments, Agronomy Faculty merged with the Faculty of Ecology and Landscape Architecture under the name Faculty of ecology, landscape architecture and agronomy (FELAA).

Since 2004, the Academic Council of the University decides to establish, Faculty of Agronomy as a separate basic unit in the structure of Forestry University.

First elected Dean was Assoc. Prof. PhD Georgi Trenchev (1995-1999 ALP; 1999-2003 of Fela). Next Deans of AF are: Assoc. Prof. PhD Kiril Popov (2004-2011) and Assoc. Prof. PhD Zhivko Zhivkov (2012-2015). From 2016 for a Dean of AF was elected Assoc. Prof. PhD Ivona Dimitrova.

Accreditation
In the Faculty of Agronomy students are trained in the following specialties accredited by NEAA:

Professional field 6.1. Plant growing:
Bachelor's degree
• Specialty "Agronomy", a form of training – full-time and part-time

Master's degree
• Speciality "Plant Breeding and Seeds Production of Crops", a form of training – full-time and part-time;
• Speciality "Horticulture and Viticulture", a form of training – full-time and part-time;
• Specialty "Sustainable management of soil resources", a form of training – full-time and part-time;
• Specialty "Plant growing", a form of training – full-time and part-time.

Professional field 6.2. Plant protection:
Bachelor's degree
• Specialty "Plant Protection", a form of training – full-time;

Master's degree
• Specialty "Plant Protection", a form of training – full-time and part-time;

Doctor of Philosophy programs: Faculty of Agronomy has 11 accredited PhD programs:
Professional field 6.1. Plant growing:
• Scientific specialty "Vegetable growing"
• Scientific specialty "Viticulture"
• Scientific specialty "Plant growing"
• Scientific specialty "Plant Breeding and seed production"
• Scientific specialty "Agriculture"
• Scientific specialty "Melioration"
• Scientific specialty "Agrochemistry"
• Scientific specialty "Soil Science"

Professional field 6.2. Plant protection:
• Scientific specialty "Plant Protection" (Entomology, Phytopathology, etc.).

Professional field 6.3. Animal Husbandry:
• Scientific specialty "Genetics"
• Scientific specialty "Special industries (bees, silkworms)"

Dean: Assoc. Prof. PhD. Ivona Vasileva Dimitrova
Vice Dean: Assoc. Prof. PhD Nevena Vasileva Shuleva
Address: 1797 Sofia, University of Forestry, Faculty of Agronomy, bul. Kliment Ohridski 10 office 104
Direct. tel: (+ 359 2) 868 40 91 Fax: (+359 2) 862 28 30

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