Improving postgraduate education in the field of sustainable agriculture and agricultural systems of the future

   The project addresses the demand of educating doctoral students on high quality and international standards toincrease knowledge based solutions for sustainable agriculture and future farming systems – a topic of national, crossregionaland international relevance.

    Large agricultural areas characterize the landscapes and economies of Russia and Kazakhstan and both countries seethe innovative development of this sector as a priority. Compared to this, skilled labour and innovation potential islacking. As a reaction, a number of initiatives target to build up human resources on all levels (farm workers, specialists,managers) and as well to improve higher education institutions (HEIs). Despite the progress in joining and pursuing theBologna process, brain drain of young talents and deficient and outdated educational offers for PhD studies impede thegoals of HEIs to become international competitive.

    The consortium of 5 EU partners and 4 Russian and 4 Kazakhagricultural universities together with consultative and expert partners from accreditation, research and privatebusiness in Russia and Kazakhstan therefore specified the following objectives:

Objective № 1
To develop and establish four post-graduate modules at 8 HEIs in different regions to qualify doctoral students oninter - and transdisciplinary contents and approaches relevant for agricultural research and innovation.
Objective № 2
To increase the human capacity, literature base and equipment of partner institutions to provide doctoral education according to international standards and best-practices.
Objective № 3
To strengthen international and interregional academic exchange and research cooperation among project partners.
Objective № 4
To establish a network on doctoral research and education in the agricultural field targeted on the exchange of bestpractices with a wider audience.
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Overall the institutional capacity increases to tackle education and research demand in the area of sustainableagriculture and future farming systems.