Welcome from the Dean
Welcome to the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment (FAE). We think you’ll find your experience of our research-led teaching to be rewarding and incredibly valuable. As we constantly hear from our alumni and from industry, degrees from the FAE are your passport to a fantastic career.
The FAE has amongst the best facilities of any comparable faculty in Australia. New facilities at Camden – our Centre for Carbon, Water and Food – and at Narrabri – our I.A.Watson International Grains Research Centre – wonderfully complement our headquarter facilities at Australian Technology Park, Redfern. Each of these facilities has been developed specifically to house our outstanding researchers and teachers and to provide the best possible learning spaces for our students.
This year we have initiated a new degree – the Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness. The BFAB degree as it is affectionately known, is indeed fabulous. Combining outstanding teaching in business from our sister faculty with our strength in the science of food production, this degree will set students up to be part of what all experts are predicting will be a boom industry for coming decades. There is no doubt that interest in the quality and safety of the food we eat is at an all time high. Equally, everyone wants to know that the systems to produce that food are environmentally sustainable. With its embedded internship program, the BFAB degree is a response to consistent calls from industry, government and other employers for graduates with the skills that the FAE can impart.
That said, our degree programs remain at the top of their class within Australia. We make no apologies for aiming to be the best in research and provide the best education in these fields. We believe this is what students want – to be taught by the best, in the best facilities with the best support around. We thus integrate our teaching with our research-intensive sites in the Snowy Mountains and on the Liverpool Plains. Our teaching focus is providing knowledge that will underpin solutions to the most significant and challenging issues of our time. Our advanced students also have the opportunity to complete part of their studies at some of the world’s best universities in Europe, the USA and the UK, if they wish. The very latest in technologies for quantifying key elements of sustainability – carbon, water and nutrient cycles – are key parts of our teaching and students emerge from our faculty, ready to contribute to industry and society.
Professor Alex McBratney