The Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology was founded in 1868. Today this Faculty is the largest of its kind in Germany. It is composed of 13 institutes, which can be found on the Faculty?s Homepage. These institutes are run by 25 professors and around 200 staff-members. There is a rigid entry requirement to regulate the number of new admissions, which currently amounts to about 120 students (BSc) annually.
In 1985 the Master program "Forestry in the Tropics and Subtropics" started (German version). Since winter term 2000 the instruction language is English. Starting winter term 2002/2003, this Master program merged with the MSc program "International Forestry" to form the new MSc program "Tropical and International Forestry". All professors, coordinators and tutors, who are involved in this program have gained professional experience with international research and development organizations such as FAO, CIFOR, ICRAF, ICRISAT, GTZ and overseas Universities. As teaching staff at Goettingen University is required to carry out research, a major advantage to students is that the latest developments in various fields of research are part of the teaching program.
The degree offered under this program by Goettingen University is internationally recognized (Master of Science: MSc). After successfully finishing the MSc program, graduates fulfill the formal requirements for joining a PhD program at Goettingen University.