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Introduction
The agriculture sector in Iran has been viewed as a fundamental contributor to the economy of the country. Currently, agriculture furnishes 25 percent of Iran’s GNP, 27 percent of employment and 85 percent of food demand satisfaction, as well as a large capacity for export of several agricultural and horticultural commodities. Iran enjoys specific geographical conditions such as benefiting from approximately 250 sunny days per year, the possibility of orchard establishment at an altitude of even 2600 m above sea level, the capacity for cultivation of more than 400 agricultural and horticultural crops throughout the country, and dramatic climate diversity. As a whole, these features make it possible to produce high quality of various agricultural and horticultural commodities.
In order to strengthen and improve agriculture industry and universities involved with teaching and research in agriculture, College of Agriculture was established at Tarbiat Modares University (T.M.U.) in 1983. The primary objective was to train and educate graduate students at M.Sc. and Ph.D. level for work as professionals in the universities and research institutes as well as in the private sectors.
A wide range of scientific courses are offered for postgraduate students. Specialized seminars guided by faculty members help students focus their research in areas related to their interest as well as solving agricultural challenges at the national and global scale. They will become highly qualified specialists in practical application of agriculture and be able to conduct research and teaching at different universities in Iran after graduation.