Nature Conservation department to offer a bachelor degree

Prof Small, right,  and Prof Coopoosamy, with a Master's of Nature Conservation graduate between them
Prof Small, right, and Prof Coopoosamy, with a Master’s of Nature Conservation graduate between them

The Department of Nature Conservation continues to fly the MUT flag high as they bring the institution to par with its peers. This time, Nature Conservation has been granted permission to admit students to a Bachelor of Applied Science in Nature Conservation degree.

The Head of Department, Prof Peter Small, said the permission to offer this degree has made his department a one stop shop for Nature Conservation qualifications, and has cementing their position as a “flagship” department in the University. The new programme, added Prof Small, was “an extra string in our bow”.

The granting of permission to run the programme was a result of hard work put in by the members of his department, whose determination to achieve more is symbolised by the fact that it was leading in the number of PhDs and Professorships within the institution. Prof Small worked alongside his colleague in the department, Prof Roger Coopoosamy, who said their main reason for success was working as a family, and focussing on the goals they set every year for the department, which includes the students. “Employers are looking for two types of graduates – one with a Diploma in Nature Conservation, and one with a Degree in Nature Conservation. These qualifications serve different purposes. We are now going to offer both.

Prof Marcus Ramogale, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, described the permission to offer the degree as a “great breakthrough” for the University.

Prof Small said they were expecting to start offering the new qualification in 2020.