Sustainable international business, that’s what the study programme International Food & Agribusiness is all about. That means doing international business with respect for people and planet. Are you open-minded and interested in other cultures and the world around you? Are you motivated, creative, and have a knack for business? Then International Food & Agribusiness is the right study programme for you! During your studies you learn everything about how food is produced and processed in different countries and cultures, and how you can make these supply chains more sustainable. You work on smart solutions that make it possible to produce sufficient and healthy food, now and in the future, while going easy on our natural resources. You explore the entire supply chain from producer to consumer, as well as all the industries and aspects connected to it: plants, animals, health and non-food applications of agricultural resources. But aside from this technical knowledge, you also learn everything about international cooperation and corporate social responsibility, because all that is part of sustainability too. You glimpse into the worlds of (international) corporations and non-profit organisations. You experience how to build bridges between different interests and cultures and how together, you can do truly sustainable business in the world of food and agribusiness.
Its modern facilities make HAS an attractive place to study. You will find a whole lot of labs, a library with a mediathek, laptop docking stations, computer rooms and of course a book store, print shop and catering.
You will get extensive support regarding all practical aspects of your studies. The Department of Communications & International Affairs, for example, will help you prepare you stay, arrange accommodation for your first year in Den Bosch, and advise you on all other aspects of your study in the Netherlands. You can also contact them for questions regarding your traineeship abroad in your third year, studying abroad, travel insurance and immigration procedures.
For students with a handicap HAS offers special support in the form on Study+. For more informationa about Study+ contact the study adviser of your study programme.
As a student of International Food & Agribusiness you will enjoy some special excursions, such as the excursion to Brussels in your first year or the international study trip in the second year. In 2014 this international study trip will take our IFA students to Java, Indonesia.
As an IFA student you will receive support to learn a second foreign language, and of course to improve your English. You can, for example, choose at the end of your first year Spanish or French as a second foreign language.
- University garden and greenhouse
HAS just built a brand-new 2 hectare university garden where you can find a large collection of plants, flowers, trees, shrubs and other sorts of vegetation. HAS also has its own greenhouses (1500 m2) and eight high-tech climate chambers, called the Centre of Growing Concepts.
- Centre of Growing Concepts
The Centre for Growing Concepts is a top-of-the-arts research facility where HAS students can study the latest technology in the field of plant production and (multilayer) cultivation. In the climate cells you can research the various factors that influence plant growth, such as light intensity, light colour, temperature, C02 content and humidity. The climate cells are equipped with the latest LED modules from Philips Lighting.
International Food & Agribusiness has been developed in consultation with companies from the agri-food industry. This ensures what you learn is directly applicable and relevant to real business. As a generalist with a wide view of the entire agricultural production chain, you are the link that brings the specialists of different sectors together. Whether you end up working for a big multi-national company or a smaller enterprise, you are the one who builds bridges between the many domains of the agricultural industry and finds the key to making it more sustainable.
You can work for consultancy firms or business-development agencies, development organisations dedicated to promoting fair trade and social corporate responsibility, or any internationally oriented company in the agri-food sector. Your strength will be your ability to function well in an international environment and easily find the connection between various agricultural domains.
Successful completion of this course leads to a Bachelor degree in International Food & Agribusiness.Upon graduation you are a well-trained professional who is able to work in an international team and address projects in a systematic and practice-oriented manner.