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Agricultural production faces important challenges on how and where to produce for increasingly demanding consumers and a competitive market. Therefore the agribusiness is growing worldwide and developing rapidly, resulting in large scale primary production farms which have to be managed sustainably and profitably. On these large scale farms a layer of middle management is emerging, with managers who are responsible for the technical and financial results. This type of farm management is strongly in development in the horticulture and dairy sectors.
The future managers in these sectors need more than ever first-hand knowledge about innovative techniques for sustainable food production and will require excellent technical skills of the primary production process. Besides that, these managers need excellent skills in planning, human resource management and leadership. These skills are always connected to the objectives of the owner and the financial aims of the enterprise.
Graduates of this course will have first-hand knowledge of management on large scale farms in the agribusiness and will be able to put people, financial and animal/ crop management into practice. Furthermore graduates experience how the Netherlands deals with the integration of agribusiness, city life and environment, which is a unique experience worldwide!
Therefore, a manager on a large scale food production plant needs competence in:
The technical issues of the primary production process and their influences on the financial results
The issues that are paramount here and new developments stemming from research
Communication in an international setting in which both the production and human resource management will take place, aided by proficiency in handling cultural differences*, and local circumstances
* the cultural differences which affect both the production process and the human resource management.
A procedure on prior learning is part of the admission protocol.
QualificationAfter successfully completing this one year programme you will receive the Ingenieur Degree (Bachelor Honours) in International Agribusiness Management.
What does the course involve?The one year programme contains three stages:
Orientation and Management Traineeship (10 weeks), Specific management traineeship and assignments to have a better understanding of the job and gain expertise on a large scale primary food production enterprise (dairy, greenhouse or arable farm). It is common that this traineeship will take place all over Europe for the Dairy specialisation. For Horticulture the Netherlands is one of the possibilities.
Hands-on Innovation and Management programme (20 weeks),Specific programme in the Netherlands with class, assignments and hands-on training of:
Management of human resources, work planning and leadership in agribusiness
Technical and financial management of large scale farms based on the specific sector
The course programme also contains a large number of guest lectures from experts in the international field of food production on large scale farms. Besides directors of large scale farms and greenhouses, also managers of big supplier companies and researchers will share their knowledge in this programme.
Synthesis and Proof of Proficiency ( 10 weeks),Synthesis of practical and theoretical experiences and knowledge, put into practice and proof of applied scientific expertise in researching, management style writing and defending a Ingenieur Thesis in Agribusiness Management.
A second management traineeship, preferable out of Europe (USA, Australia, Africa etc.)
Research on the spot on a practical assignment and Thesis writing
How to applyThe application procedure consists of two steps. The first step is to complete the application form on our website and send in your CV and motivation letter, indicating which course you would like to apply for. Our application committee will inform you about the result.
If you are eligible, the second step is an invitation for an intake interview and a paper based English test. Processing of the applications starts in October and applications need to be received before the 1st of May. For more information about the application procedure see application for all details regarding the procedures.
Click here for the scheduled visits and check with your own international office for the precise dates and time.
EnrolSuccessful applicants for the course must have:
* completed at least three years of University study in agriculture or a related subject
* a minimum 550 score in the TOEFL test of English or a formally recognised equivalent such as the IELTS (level 6.0)
* the ability to formulate coherently in written English, and to have a vision of the chosen area of interest. Essay writing is part of the selection procedure
* strong motivation to be successful in the sector
* team spirit, a flexible attitude in an international working environment
* funding in the form of a grant or a stipend, or private means
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