The University of Juba was established in 1975 after the signing of the Addis Ababa Peace Agreement in 1972. The School of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (SNRES) is one of the four founding Schools and the main motive for opening the University of Juba to train human resources to address developmental needs and rational exploitation of the country’s vast natural resources.
The School offers three programs, two undergraduate and two postgraduate programs. The Undergraduate Programs comprise of a three year Diploma Program leading to Diploma in Natural Resources Management and a five year program culminating in Bachelor of Science Degree (Honors). The curricular in these fields have been developed in such a way that they provide students with the fundamentals in the field of specialization and excellent support base in the other basic sciences during the study period.
In the Postgraduate Programs, the School has reviewed and revitalized its programs and has merged specialization with fairly similar fields to come up with a few cross-cutting two year Master’s Program that can take on board all the different fields of specializations in the School. It has also proposed a three year cross-cutting PhD Program that encompasses and accommodates the various fields of specializations in the School.
The general learning objective of the School thus involves the development of a working vocabulary, apply scientific techniques, improve observation powers and increase reasoning and in so doing, it prepares and enables a student to understand the general methodology of natural, applied and Environmental Sciences and to conceive development regularities of the whole scientific environment.
The objectives of the School of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies are as follows:
- To train natural resources managers and thus satisfy the acute shortage of skilled manpower in this area;
- To undertake research in natural resources and to determine rational methods for their exploitation;
- To inculcate environmental awareness in the people; and,
- To participate in the development of the rural people through out-reach programs.