Message of the Dean
This is a particularly fascinating time to study Agriculture Sciences. Major technological advances are opening up many new areas, from ecosystems to nano-technology, and the boundaries between traditional areas are blurring as inter-disciplinary research leads to rapid progress on a wide range of issues in environmental, health and technology related industries that underpin the future prosperity and quality of life in Sri Lanka. These issues include: Food for nation; protection of biodiversity; environmental remediation; control of industrial pollution; energy production; new manufacturing technologies; genetically modified organisms; stem cells and other new genetic advances in agriculture, veterinary science or health and medicine as cross disciplinary research; data management and new computing developments; and understanding human behavior to suit social media driven economies.
The comprehensive scope of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka allows us to offer courses in all of these areas and the many joint degree options with Centre of Distance Learning (CODL) provide the opportunity to study social, moral and commercial consequences of agricultural science. A degree in BSc (Hons) Agricultural Sciences and Management and BSc in Food Business Management is a first step towards an exciting career, one that stimulates, challenges, and rewards you. It can take you from the microscopic to the cosmic level, into physical and biological processes and from order to chaos. The degree develops your investigative skills and teaches you the tools of critical analysis and communication - skills for lifelong learning. Employers in government, industry and education need graduates who are trained to think, analyses and communicate. Our graduates have a unique blend of generic and discipline-related skills that give them the capacity to tackle problems with initiative and resourcefulness, to plan and execute projects and to work as part of a team. Studying Science gives you the innovative skills for an ever-changing workforce environment and makes you a valuable and sought-after resource for employers. And if you become really excited by a particular area, our honours and postgraduate courses provide you with the training to become a practicing scientist in that field specially in Livestock Production, Plantation Agriculture, Horticulture, Agribusiness Management and Food Business Management. The degree programs at The Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka are of exceptional quality. Many of our academic staff have won teaching awards and our research programs are world class. Our degree programs are designed to offer challenges and excitement at a range of different levels, including the Talented Students' Program, Advanced Science degree and specialist streams within the BSc that provide more directed science training for non science students specially for BSc Food Bossiness Management, and in most cases, opportunities for industry placements. The Faculty has close links with industry and a wide range of employers, and will provide opportunities throughout your degree to explore career options. The degree programs have been designed so that you can specialize if you wish, but you don't have to make that decision until you have completed the core courses offers in first two years. The two years experience in Agricultural Sciences and Management is designed to help you settle into University, to meet other students, and to decide on or confirm your interest in a specialized area of study. We use a variety of teaching methods to help you develop sound generic computing skills, interpersonal and communication skills, and an ability to work in teams and groups. Most importantly, you will learn how to analyse problems, work out solutions, and communicate these clearly to others. We have switched to new innovative teaching methods such as outcome based education and Learner Centered teaching (OBE-LCT) from contemporary teaching. We will help to discover how things function, develop lifelong strategies for learning new approaches, and gain skills to explore and use information in different contexts.