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Focus Organic Agricultural Sciences
The Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences holds a prominent position in the university landscape in Germany and internationally with its specific profile. Questions of ecology are central to all research and teaching, forming the theoretical framework in all disciplines. Practising and promoting a culture of science which focus on systems allows an interdisciplinary view on agricultural processes. In this Faculty culture alle members - from student, assistants til professors - contribute to the whole of Organic Agricultural Sciences.
Since 1971, when Kassel University was founded, research and education at the Faculty in Witzenhausen has a focus on international agriculture including tropical and subtropical climates. Since 1981 Organic Agriculture is part of research and curriculum. Since 1996 the Faculty focus on Organic Agricultural Sciences and new professorships are established to further develop our organic profile in teaching and research - a unique situation worldwide. In 2005 all study programs were accredited and transfered to Bachelor and Master system.
The general objective in research and education is the use of modern empirical and analytical methods in all disciplines. The focus lies on systemic interactions between soil, plants, animals, man and technology. These are the main topics:
- maintenance of nutrient cycles (farm, local and regional systems),
- high biodiversity with adapted resource use
- animal welfare with consideration of typical behaviour
- consideration of the socio-cultural context of rural areas and farmers cultures
- research along the food chain including marketing, nutrition cultures as well as consumer studies
Our Mission statement you find here.
For many years Witzenhausen has an international agricultural orientation. Foreign guest scientist and students enrich daily university life and give the university location Witzenhausen a multicultural face. A special commitment to the international dimensions of scientific work can be seen in the variety of international research co-operations and university partnerships, the regular international taining programs and co-operations with alumni activities of German universities and summer schools. Since 2002 we offer master programs taught in English. 20% of our students come from abroad.