Enhancement of postgraduate studies on sustainable agriculture and future farming systems

Nuertingen-Geislingen University

The profile of Nuertingen-Geislingen University (NGU), in German “Hochschule fuer Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen (HfWU)”, is based on the principles of sustainability. The university’s main research and teaching focus lies on four areas of competence: Business and Economics as well as Landscape Planning and Agriculture.

More than 5000 students are enrolled across the 31 Bachelor- and Master programmes (16 bachelor and 15 postgraduate master), four of which are taught in English. The study programmes of Nuertingen-Geislingen University are greatly enhanced by the strong core competence in business, economics and environmental studies prevalent at the university. NGU is proud to run exchange and integrated study programs with around 100 partner universities worldwide.

NGU’s competence in agricultural research is highlighted through numerous inter- and transdisciplinary research projects of the Institute of Applied Agricultural Research (IAAF). IAAF’s main research focus is on sustainable natural resource use and the optimization of production processes and framework conditions for viable farming systems. IAAF encompasses the activities of professors from 10 different disciplines. It is dedicated to applied research and to the cooperation with the private agribusiness sector.

NGU is embedded in one of the strongest innovative economic regions of Europe with close ties to global players and successful SME´s. The university`s faculties possess a service-sector bias with services in agribusiness, landscape architecture, environmental design and city planning as well as in business management, applied economics, finance and real estate management.

https://www.hfwu.com/ Contacts:

Warsaw University of Life Sciences

Warsaw University of Life Sciences is the oldest agricultural university and one of the largest universities in Poland. It is also one of the most modern universities, where tradition and modernity meet. The University offers a wide range of study programs - from biological and technical ones, through veterinary medicine, economics and humanities. WULS-SGGW offers good facilities and infrastructure in one place. On the 65-hectare main campus there are 9 dormitories, a modern library, a computer centre, a sports centre (with tennis courts, a sports hall and a swimming pool) a language centre, a veterinary clinic and much more. The campus is located in the southern part of Warsaw and can be easily reached from the city centre by subway or by bus. Over 1,200 university teachers and instructors make sure that you will gain plenty of knowledge and practical skills. At present, the university consists of 14 faculties and 16 institutes; there are about 16,000 students enrolled. The University is well known and respected, both domestically and internationally.

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Czech University of Life Sciences Prague

Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CZU) is one of leading educational and research centres for agrarian sector, forestry, environment, economics and management, informatics, rural and regional development in the Czech Republic. It consists of six faculties (Agrobiology, Food & Natural Resources; Economics & Management; Engineering; Environmental Sciences; Forestry & Wood Sciences; Tropical AgriSciences) and one institute (Education & Communication). CZU offers bachelor, master and doctoral education for about 18,000 students, 5,000 international students from more than 110 countries; about 800 students study PhD. study programmes). Study programmes address the whole agri-food chain but also leisure activities related to nature (e.g. horse breeding, dog breeding or game management) or rural development. Programmes with education in economics and management or cultural studies are in great demand. The university provides education in information science, ecology and environmental studies, utilization of natural resources, landscape protection and landscape architecture, spatial planning or technologies and machinery used in life sciences (incl., agriculture, food and forestry). The university also organizes studies in forestry and wood processing. A special segment of education is represented by programmes in tropical agriculture. About one third of the study programmes is taught in English with more than 3,000 students involved. Research activities and PhD. programmes of the university target the focus areas of the faculties under the umbrella of bioeconomy. They are concentrated in 6 research pillars reflecting UN Sustainable Development Goals: (a) food safety and food sovereignty, (b) smart technologies, (c) bioeconomy, circular economy and clean energy, (d) health, landscape protection and natural resources, (e) climate change and disturbance reactions, (f) rural and uran resilience. In 2018 the university was scrutinized by Czech university accreditation agency as for its quality assurance system and received the institutional accreditation confirming university meets all standards of quality assurance.

http://www.czu.cz/ Contacts:
  • Prof. PhDr.
  • Michal Lostak
  • Faculty of Economics and Management
  • e-mail: lostak@pef.czu.cz

Estonian University of Life Sciences

Estonian University of Life Sciences is the only university in Estonia whose priorities in academic and research activities provide the sustainable development of natural resources necessary for the existence of Man as well as the preservation of heritage and habitat. According to QS World University Rankings by Subject (2019), the Estonian University of Life Sciences is one of top 50 universities in the world in the field of agriculture and forestry, ranked 48. The university also belongs to the top 1% most cited research facilities in the world, with our plant physiology professor Ülo Niinemets being the most cited Estonian researcher altogether. According to the journal Times Higher Education (2022) Estonian University of Life Sciences belongs to top 1000 universities in the world (ranked 801 - 1000).

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German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture

German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture is a centre of expertise for transdisciplinary research for development and transformation in social ecological land-use systems worldwide. It specialises in innovation in agriculture and livestock-based food and farming systems in highly heterogeneous and variable environments.

DITSL contributes to promoting food and income security, and sustainable value chain development in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It employs an actor-oriented approach to integrate the perspectives, interests and capacities of different societal actors and to co-create contextual knowledge and options for actions to mitigate or solve complex problems.

DITSL does methodological, conceptual and applied research to foster innovation processes. This includes system analysis, knowledge management, knowledge integration and co-creation, gender analysis, multi-stakeholder processes, collaborative learning and action research.

DITSL generates decision support for society and policy and supports capacity building through academic, professional and extracurricular education and training programmes.

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Stavropol State Agrarian University
Stavropol State Agrarian University is a leading Russian center of higher education, culture and science, which is carrying out educational, scientific research, consulting and methodical activity. The University was established in 1930.

Nowadays there are 9 faculties, 41 academic departments, 83 innovative laboratories and centers, Scientific library, institute of additional professional education (IAPE), 6 dormitories, 2 sports complexes, horse-riding school, 3 greenhouses. 

The university has educational and experimental farm equipped with modern agricultural machinery.

About 15 500 enrolled students are currently taught in 132 higher education programs (undergraduate, graduate, specialties, post-graduate), including 240 international students (from 37 countries). 91.3% of staff members have an academic degree, including 21.6% doctors of sciences. The average age of employees is 39 years.
Stavropol State Agrarian University is a holder of prestigious awards in the field of quality:
- Three times winner of the European competition of EFQM Excellence Award (2016, 2013, 2010).
- Three times laureate of the RF Government Prize in the field of quality (2017, 2011, 2005).

Stavropol State Agrarian University has become the center of innovative and technological development of the Stavropol territory as the winner of National project “Universities as an area for the creation of innovations”.

SSAU is an active participant of international educational, scientific and cultural programs such as «ERASMUS +», has more than 140 partners in 66 countries. http://www.stgau.ru/ Contacts:

Novosibirsk State Agrarian University
Founded in 1935Novosibirsk State Agrarian University is the biggest agricultural University east of the Urals in Russia and one of the leading agricultural universities in Siberia. The University has adopted features of Bologna process and it currently offers 25 Undergraduate programs, 17 Master-programs, 1 specialist-program (one-tier) and 6 PhD-programs. The total number of enrolled students is 10700 including 172 PhD-students. Students and research staff are taught the professional skills and expertise in the field of agriculture, future farming systems, environmental sciences, veterinary medicine, economics, management and related areas. 

Six research laboratories equipped with modern scientific equipment enable the university to develop new directions of research and enhances the applied and fundamental research programmes across wide subject areas. The University engages in significant international activities and include double-degree programmes, educational and scientific projects, student and staff exchange, professional study trips, joint publications, conferences, workshops etc.

The University is a founder of 3 scientific journals admitted by Higher Accreditation Committee of Russia. University sees its development in modernization of education, development of scientific and innovation activity, integration into the world research and academic space and inclusion in the world ratings of top universities.

https://nsau.edu.ru/ Contacts:

Buryat State Agricultural Academy named after Philippov
Founded in 1931 Buryat State Academy of Agriculture is the first agrarian university in Baikal region. Currently Academy trains specialists on 20 Undergraduate programs, 1 specialist programme, 9 master programs and 9 post-graduate programs. The total number of enrolled students is 4048 including 56 PhD-students. Students and research staff are taught the professional skills and expertise in the fields of agriculture and forestry, agriengineering, environmental sciences, veterinary medicine, economics, management and related areas. 

Three research laboratories equipped with modern scientific equipment enable the academy to perform different research works in wide number of areas. The Academy engages in significant international activities and includes double-degree programmes, educational and scientific projects, student and staff exchange, professional study trips, joint publications, conferences, workshops etc.

The Academy is a founder of 1 scientific journal admitted by Higher Accreditation Committee of Russia. Today Academy is considered to be the centre of agricultural education, science and process unit. The main goal is dissemination of knowledge and specialist training, leaders, who will be able to manage natural and biological resources and social and economic systems in the integration of science and practice. Our graduates are able to implement innovations in accordance with the environment to provide better life conditions and sustainable development of rural areas.

http://www.bgsha.ru/ Contacts:

Arctic  State Agrotechnological University

The history of establishment and development of agricultural higher educational institution in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) begins with the opening of the agricultural faculty at Yakut State University (Order of the USSR Ministry of Higher Education No. 685 of August 28, 1956). In 1985, on basis of this faculty, Yakut Agricultural Institute was created, which in 1995 was transformed into Yakut State Agricultural Academy. In 2020, the Academy acquired the status of a University. Currently, Arctic State Agrotechnological University implements 20 undergraduate programs, 1 specialist program, 11 master programs, 8 PhD programs, and 10 programs of secondary vocational education. The total number of students at the university is 4156, of which 32 are PhD students.

The university has a bioclonal and molecular genetic laboratory, as well as an educational and scientific testing laboratory. The laboratories have BacTrac 4300, the only apparatus in the republic for conducting accelerated microbiological studies of food raw materials, food products and other objects of the external environment.

The university has its own scientific journal - "Vestnik of ASAU". The university is aimed at developing educational processes, introducing innovations and new solutions in order to improve agriculture, it also develops scientific and international projects, implements grants at the regional, national and international levels. https://agatu.ru/ Contacts:

S. Seifullin Kazakh Agro Technical University

Founded in 1957, S. Seifullin Kazakh Agrotechnical University is the largest agricultural and technical university in the Republic of Kazakhstan. On September 1, 2020, by the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the non-profit joint-stock company "S. Seifullin Kazakh AgrotechnicalUniversity" was assigned the status of a research one. The university includes A.I.Baraeva Scientific and Production Center for Grain Farming , North Kazakhstan Agricultural Experimental Station, Kazakh Research Institute of Forestry and Agroforestry for scientific research and practical training of students. Currently, the university has 42 departments, 133 educational programs are being implemented: 47 bachelor's, 53 master's, 33 doctoral studies

The University is actively developing relations with renowned educational institutions of the world. Close partnerships have been established with universities and research centers in the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, France, China, Russia, etc. The university has a modern material and technical base, the latest scientific laboratories, agricultural land with an area of 1300 hectares for practical training students, 9 technology platforms have been created.

The university attributes its development in the generation, implementation, dissemination and application of advanced knowledge to improve the quality of life, increase labor productivity and competitiveness of the agro-industrial complex and other sectors of the economy of Kazakhstan. KATU's strategy is to build the best system for advanced training of specialists and scientific and pedagogical personnel in Kazakhstan that meets international standards by providing wide opportunities for choosing the level, content, form and education periods based on unique curricula and academic mobility.

https://kazatu.edu.kz/ Contacts:

Kazakh National Agrarian University

Founded in 1996, Kazakh National Agrarian Research University is an elite university of innovative type, the leader of the agricultural sector in Kazakhstan, Central and Central Asia.

KazNARU successfully implements three-level training of specialists: 48 bachelor's degree programs, 126 master's degree programs and 35 PhD programs.

KazNARU consists of seven research institutes and six faculties. The total number of students represents 8,950, including 217 PhD students. There is carried out joint trainings of undergraduates and PhD students within the framework of the integration of education, science and production in the following areas as agriculture, agricultural system of the future, crop production, fruit and vegetable production, plant protection and quarantine, soil science and agrochemistry, animal husbandry, veterinary medicine, food production, economics, management, fisheries, agroengineering.

There has been introduced the trilingual education, where the summer and winter schools are held in 14 directions. Joint degree programs are being implemented with 11 leading universities in the world. Within the framework of the memorandum of understanding with Wageningen University (Netherlands), an agreement was signed on joint training by two Wageningen educational programs as «Veterinary and food safety and technology" and "Plant Science and Technology".

The Council of Young Scientists of KazNARU became the winner and got the title of "The Best Council of Young Scientists" of the N.Nazarbayev Foundation among the universities of the country.

Up to now, the scientists have published more than 800 articles, of which 26% are included in the Thomson Reuters and Scopus databases; the University has become the Science Leader in Web of Science publication activity among agricultural universities in the CIS. https://www.kaznaru.edu.kz/ Contacts:

Zhangir khan West-Kazakhstan Agrarian Technical University

Zhangir Khan University is located in the west of Kazakhstan, in an ecologically clean zone of the city of Uralsk on an area of more than 30 hectares. It is a specialized campus that includes 5 institutes and 15 higher schools in the fields of economics, agriculture and technical sciences; the educational process is carried out according to 39 accredited educational programs of bachelor's degree, 24 master's degrees, 6 doctoral studies.

For more than half a century of history, the university has proven that its graduates are carriers of high professionalism, including a sufficient number of heads of large companies, as well as those holding high government positions.

Zhangir Khan University is a well-known state multidisciplinary university that carries out educational and scientific activities, provides advanced training and retraining of personnel for the agricultural and industrial sectors of the economy, actively influences the development of the economy of the region and the country as a whole. Training is conducted in Kazakh and Russian languages, courses in English are available. Today, the university conducts a large research activity, being the center for the development of animal husbandry in the republic.

The University is working to integrate education, science and industry to implement the principle of "learning through research" and create conditions for the commercialization of the results of scientific and technical activities, applied research. The university has a testing center, which includes 3 laboratories.

The research activities of the university are aimed at the creation and implementation of science-intensive technologies in the field of competitive biotechnological products for solving practical problems of crop production, veterinary medicine, ichthyology, genetics and animal breeding, ecology, construction and environmental protection.

The University is actively expanding its network of foreign partners and participates in the implementation of international Erasmus + projects "Enhancement of Postgraduate Studies on Sustainable Agriculture and Future Farming Systems (SAGRIS)", "Dual Education for Industrial Automatization and Robotics in Kazakhstan (DIARKAZ) " and "Advanced Centre for PhD students and young researchers in informatics(ACeSYRI)”. http://new.wkau.kz/ Contacts:
  • Head of Strategic Development and Analysis Department, Candidate of pedagogical sciences
  • Irina Bogdashkina
  • Phone: +77077663841
  • e-mail: bogiv1@yandex.kz

Inpendent Agency for Accreditation and Rating

IAAR is a leading international accreditation agency in the field of accreditation of higher, technical and vocational, and additional education, created in 2011 with the aim of improving the quality assurance education system. IAAR is included in the Register of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan in accordance with the order of the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan. IAAR is recognised as an accreditation body and is included in the National Register of the Kyrgyz Republic.

IAAR conducts institutional and specialised (programme) accreditation of universities in 11 countries of Europe and Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Ukraine, Moldova, and Romania.

IAAR is the first and only organisation from the CIS countries to be recognised by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME). This gives IAAR the right to conduct international accreditation of medical organisations and educational programmes.

IAAR is included in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) and is a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), which allows for international accreditation of universities.

IAAR is a full member of European, Asian and American networks and agencies for quality assurance in education and accreditation: INQAAHE, CIQG, CHEA, IREG, IQA, CEENQA, APQN, APQR.

IAAR conducts international accreditation based on Standards and Guidelines fully compliant with the International Standards for Quality - ESG and WFME. Contacts:

National Centre for Public Accreditation

National Centre for Public Accreditation (hereinafter – NCPA) was founded in December 2009 by the Guild of Experts in Higher Education.

The main areas of activities are international and public accreditation of higher and further education programmes.

NCPA is the only independent accrediting organization in Russia which is a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA); NCPA is officially registered in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) and the Asia-Pacific Quality Register (APQR). NCPA is authorized to conduct international accreditation and make an entry of the accredited programmes to the Database of the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (DEQAR).

In 2011 – 2021 NCPA has conducted international and public accreditation of 1361 educational programmes, including 9 educational programmes delivered by the HEIs of the People's Republic of China. 1208 experts took part in accreditation of the educational programmes including 348 representatives of the Russian academic community, 247 employers, 233 students, 380 foreign experts from 27 countries: Austria, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, India, Spain, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Taiwan, Finland, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia. Contacts: