About the Faculty
History of Faculty
History of Faculty
Forestry education on the university level has a long tradition in Prague. First Encyclopaedic lectures on forestry were included in the curriculum of lectures in the frame of the Chair of Agriculture at Prague University in 1789. First regular lectures on forestry were given by professor Liebich at the Polytechnic University in 1848. The Faculty of Forestry was established in Prague in 1919. In the mid 1960s, the Faculty of Forestry was transformed into the Scientific Forest Institute, later to the Institute of Applied Ecology and Ecotechnology, running prevailingly research activities in forestry and environment sciences. The teaching process was limited to postgraduate distant courses. Full revival of forestry education in Prague came in 1990.
The Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences of the Czech University of Life Sciences (CULS) in Prague (Fakulta lesnická a dřevařská České zemědělské univerzity v Praze) is a self-governing educational and research institution. The research is performed by the Faculty staff together with students. Active participation in research is required from all Faculty teachers and researchers. Academic rights and freedom apply to scientific activities, too. The Faculty consists of 7 departments. About a half of working time is spent on education, 30 % on research and the rest on counselling, participation in various professional bodies and organisations at home and abroad, and on administration. The teaching and scientific staff has 54 members, of them 11 professors, 14 associate professors and 29 assistants. The Faculty employs 95 people including technicians, administrative staff and workers. The total number of students in bachelor, master and doctoral study programmes exceeds 1,500 (the number of doctoral students in all doctoral programmes reaches 150). The Faculty closely collaborates with the University Forest Enterprise (Školní lesní podnik), which manages more than 8,000 ha of forestland, and serves for educational and research purposes of the Faculty of Forestry and Environment with its experimental forest stands, greenhouses, forest nurseries, fishery and ponds, a saw mill, mechanised log depot, and other establishments.