Geography Department is one of the departments in the College of Humanities. It was first established in 2003-2004 as one of departments of Koya University. In 2010, the department was added to University of Raparin. The number of students for 2016-2017 academic years is 296 students. For the first time, in 2014-2015 the department admitted a group of 13 students to its postgraduate studies. The department has a staff of 25 people from faculty and staff of which five are PhD holders, three are PhD students, two are PhD candidates, 3 are lecturers, 8 are MA holders, and 7 are Master students.
The main objective of our department is to make sure that geography can contribute to local and regional planning activities. Furthermore, we want to participate in resolving issues that obstacle societal development. Undoubtedly, geography as a science and geographer as the practitioner can actively participate in achieving economic and political prosperity and as a result developing society and strength the state.
Geography department strives to offer the best education with the highest quality to its students, and conducting high quality and influential studies at local and international levels.
Geography is not only concerned about environmental issues, but because of its broad research area it investigates most of the economic, social and political issues both at local and international levels.
Students are prepared to become active and successful researchers in social, economic, political and environmental disciplines.
From its very beginning, geography department has tried to get involved in societal issues in order to resolve them in a scientific way, and by preparing academic cadres and novel scientific researches.
We are living in a world in which to fulfill our needs we depend on the natural environment which is constantly facing new challenges and issues. Resolving the accumulated environmental issues requires careful investigation and analysis and that is the core of geographical studies.
Career opportunities: Public and private sector
Our graduates can work in various public and private sectors. In the public sector, they can work as geography researchers. The majority of our graduates are working as high school teachers. Also, some of them are currently working as staff in municipality, tourism, and environment ministries.
In the private sector, there are plenty of opportunities for our graduates such working in environmental NGOs, oil companies, and construction industry.
What makes us unique?
What makes us unique is that geography has a broad area for practical and theoretical research