Kick-off of the Erasmus Mundus Plant Health Master Programme
The kick-off event of the European Master Degree in Plant Health in Sustainable Cropping Systems has been hosted in Valencia (Spain). It has started the academic year with 21 students in its first intake - in 2017, 7 students will study in Montpellier SupAgro -.

From 13 countries — India, Nepal, Ethiopia, Philippines, Vietnam, Brazil, Serbia, Lithuania, Pakistan, Indonesia, Nigeria, Greece and Spain —, the students of the Erasmus Mundus PlantHealth Master Programme will participate in a high-performance programme during the next 24 months in which they will be at least in two of the six universities of the PlantHealth Consortium: Montpellier SupAgro, Agrocampus Ouest and AgroParisTech (France), Göttingen (Germany), Padova (Italy), and Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV, Spain).

Javier Orozco, director of the UPV International Actions Area has mentioned that "the most important factor of a Master Programme is their students". Afterwards, addressing the students, has added: "I haven’t heard of any university unable to do something exceptional with such extraordinary students as you are”.

More food with less plant protection products

The aim of the master is to train professionals to be able to face the challenges in Plant Health management related to food security in the framework of sustainable agriculture. In this sense Josep Armengol, professor of the UPV Department of Agroforest Ecosystems and PlantHealth coordinator, has explained that "we have the need to produce more food and of a better quality, to use less plant protection products and more biological control. In a globalised world like ours, pest and disease control is becoming more complex".

Common academic programme for the first year of the master to be studied either in Göttingen or in Valencia

In this regard, an appropriate curriculum has been configured to address different subjects during the first year of the Master. According to Prof. Armengol, “a common basis is offered, with courses on ecology, epidemiology, population genetics, statistics, sustainable agriculture, etc. to be attended in Göttingen and Valencia which serve as a starting point for the subsequent specialization in three kinds of agriculture: Mediterranean, tropical or temperate fruit crops which is taught in the second year of the Master at the Partner universities”.

The master is financed by the "Erasmus+ Key Action 1 Programme: Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees" of the European Union. In the evaluation, the European Commission has taken into consideration not only the solvency of the programme and the prestige of the partner institutions, but also the network of associated companies and 'partners' involved in the teaching activities.

Last update : 17/11/2017