Kathmandu Forestry College (KAFCOL) is a vibrant and growing academic institution (a public company) located in Koteshwor, Kathmandu. The College has been running B.Sc. Forestry program in affiliation with Tribhuvan University, Nepal since its establishment in 2005, and Diploma in Forestry program in affiliation with the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT), Government of Nepal, since 2009. Since 2012, KAFCOL has been collaborating with University of Salzburg, Austria to jointly run a M.Sc. Program in Geographical Information Science and Systems (UNIGIS MSc). We have started a new M.Sc. Program in Natural Resources Management and Rural Development (MSc in NRM-RD) from 2015 in affiliation with the Tribhuvan University. The college has also been undertaking research and outreach projects related to biodiversity, forestry, and natural resources management. The College was jointly established by the Nepal Agroforestry Foundation (a national NGO working for promotion of agroforestry) and a group of forestry and natural resource management professionals.
KAFCOL offers three years Diploma in Forestry course. The course improves elementary understanding on global issues relating to environment and enables student to undertake basic forestry and other environment related projects. It follows the course content of I.Sc. Forestry program, run earlier by TU, Institute of Forestry, Hetauda and Pokhara campuses, with addition of 3 months field practical training. Besides employment opportunities, the graduates of this course will have opportunity to continue B.Sc. Forestry degree course at KAFCOL and IOF.
The major subject areas include Silviculture, Agroforestry, Forest Management, Forest Mensuration, Soil and Water Conservation, Eco-Tourism and Recreation, Entrepreneurship Development and Wildlife and Bio-diversity Conservation, Community forestry, Forest protection, NTFPs.
KAFCOL offers a four-year B. Sc. Course in Forestry Science in affiliation with Tribhuvan University (TU). The course is designed to engage interest of students from the start and help them find the career they want. This course is relevant for individuals concerned with global environmental issues and their environment- friendly and sustainable solutions. Combination of practical and academic elements will enhance employment prospects in a broad range of careers, including Forestry, Soil Conservation and Watershed Management, Wildlife Management, Biodiversity, and Environment.
Forest Management and Mensuration; Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation; Integrated Watershed Management; Community Forestry; Agroforestry; Silviculture; Eco-tourism and Recreation; Geographic Information System (GIS); and Research Methodology are some of the main subject areas covered.
KAFCOL is running a Master’s Degree Program in Natural Resources Management and Rural Development (NRM-RD) since 2015. The program expects to contribute in meeting the ever increasing demand of competent professionals in the field.
Non-timber Forest Products, Community Forestry, Natural Resource Economics, Global Environmental Change, Agroforestry, Sustainable Forest Management, Rural Development, Ecotourism Planning & Management, Statistical Methods & Data Management, Research Methodology, Geographical Information Science are some of the main courses offered.
Kathmandu Forestry College is collaborating with the University of Salzburg Austria to jointly run M.Sc. program in Geographical Information Science and Systems (GI Science), popularly known as UNIGIS MSc course. The Program has been authorized by the Ministry of Education, Government of Nepal. Individuals aiming at a career in GIS or professionals already active in this field and are interested in pursuing international quality higher education while working will find this program attractive.
The course is based on the UNIGIS network and has at least 120 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The course contains 9 compulsory modules (GIS introduction, Data Modeling and Data Structures, Data Sources and Acquisition, GIS Organization and Project Management, Geographic Database management system, Open GIS and Distributed GI Infrastructures,
My Kathmandu Forestry College Reflections
My four years at KAFCOL passed quicker than I could have ever imagined. I know I’m not exactly old, but I realize how true it is that time seems to fly by as you grow older. There’s no more sitting in the 7 am lecture during winters, struggling to keep my eyes open and wishing for Saturday to come sooner. Instead, I seemed to have blinked and the entire four years is over now. I want to share my journey, from being a very frightened fresher in 2013, to a happy, confident alumni of KAFCOL now pursuing their MSc in Sustainable Tropical Forestry in Europe through the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. This has been possible because of how KAFCOL nurtured me.
I am where am I today because of all the support that I received from KAFCOL. From the administration staffs to my professors, each and everyone helped me grow and realize my potential. The support from the teaching staffs in and outside the classrooms must be pointed out as I believe this played a massive role in my personal and professional growth. The emphasis on learning by doing is evident from the numerous field trips and practical work that the students carry out every semester. Moreover, studying forestry at Kathmandu Forestry College is worth it!
When I first decided to apply to the Forestry program at Kathmandu Forestry College, I never thought that it would be such a remarkable experience.
It would be a long essay if I am to explain how amazingly the four years of my Bachelor’s Degree in KAFCOL has shaped my career path!
Honestly, at first I was excited and happy to have chosen “Forestry” just because it sounds so amazing (and not so mainstream, obviously); but later, I was also intimidated by all the new courses which focused only on and around “forest”. It wasn’t easy, but then when I actually started to study those courses, I realized how diverse and integrated Forestry is. I noticed that forestry is an applied science and it covers all the associated natural resources such as soil, water, land, air, wildlife and recreation along with their management, laws and policies, also engineering, sociology and many more related sciences. And this means, we can choose to specialize in any of these subjects that fascinates the most. Forestry career paths that graduates follow include forest biologists, professional foresters, wood engineers/experts, forestry business administrators, conservationists, renewable resource managers, government forest officers, and many more.
A lot of scopes, right?
KAFCOL has an extraordinary teaching faculty, which is definitely one of the factors that enhances the college’s portrayal as an esteemed educational organization. I am ineffably indebted to all my great teachers and lecturers of KAFCOL who guided and motivated me throughout my studies and also after. Currently, I am studying Masters course in Sustainable Tropical Forestry at University of Copenhagen, Denmark. And I am a proud Kafcolian!
(Note: If mentionable, University of Copenhagen ranks #17 in the world for Forestry and Agriculture: QS world ranking 2018)
KAFCOL, it just feels like yesterday that I was a freshman in the college. Time literally flew by. My days at KAFCOL were the best. Not only did I learn forestry and its technicalities, but I learned the way of life there. It was the place where I had my visions for life straightened out.
Today, where I stand is all in credit to KAFCOL. The college and its team made me believe that the best things out there are meant for me. The faculty and staff were always supportive and encouraging. With the traditional learning method, I gained equal exposure to the real world of the forestry too. The knowledge I gained throughout the years was my ladder to enter and excel at such a prestigious university today. All thanks to KAFCOL.
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