New Agroecology Courses and MSc in Nordic Region
Do you care about the future? NOVA University and the Agricultural
University of Norway announce a new intensive semester course and a MSc
curriculum in Agroecology. The one-semester course in Agroecology, Farming
and Food Systems that begins in August is divided into two modules which
can be taken as part of your current program or as part of the NOVA
curriculum for MSc. This program in Agroecology bridges ecology and
agriculture, and provides a foundation for developing Ecological
Agriculture and Food Systems. We are looking for students who want a
systems focus, self-starters who take responsibility for their education,
and who seek new challenges and relevance. The course is conducted in
Why Should You Consider This Program?
Unique advantages are available to good students who want to develop
systems perspectives, independent thinking, communication skills, and
relevance in an action-education program. Here are some reasons to apply:
· study and work with international faculty and students.
· direct projects with farmers and others in the food system.
· learn in small groups on case studies and real-world situations.
· analyze ecological and conventional food production systems.
· get individualized advising and course planning with faculty.
· practice systems thinking to improve agriculture and the food chain.
· integrate biology, humanities, economics, ecology in food systems.
· see social issues as a vital part of planning and design of systems.
· become part of the future of agriculture and rural development.
In the intensive course and MSc Program in Agroecology you will:
· learn how ecology relates to agriculture.
· describe the emergent properties of systems.
· use systems thinking for complex problems.
· study how food moves from farm to consumer.
· construct comprehensive farm and food plans.
· pursue action-oriented projects for learning.
· learn and practice communication skills.
· learn how government and regulations work.
· integrate natural and social science approaches.
· present your projects or thesis to a concerned audience.
Students in this program will be evaluated on their oral and written
presentations, on work with farmers and others in the food system, and on
their success in group projects.
Qualifications and Application
Admission to the courses or program requires a BSc degree, equivalent three
years at college or university level, or permission of instructors.
Previous study in agronomy, horticulture, animal science, ecology,
biology, agricultural economics, natural resources, food science, or other
agriculture and food systems field prepares you well for this program. Cost
for the program is approximately the same as in your home university
-- you pay the appropriate tuition at home, and no additional tuition in
Norway. Cost of living at the university is approximately US$600/month
including dormitory, food, local travel, and incidental expenses.
Applications need to be submitted by June 1, 1999 for admission to the
course that starts in August 1999. We will advise all students who apply
about their acceptance into the program by June 15, 1999. For more
information, visit the web site at KVL in Denmark:
You can apply through your home university in Europe through the SOCRATES
or NOVA program director, or directly to NLH in Norway as a guest student.
In the U.S., Canada, Australia, or New Zealand, apply through any
university that has a working agreement with an agricultural university in
the Nordic region: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden. The
Nebraska-Lincoln can provide a gateway for your application, but first
visit your international program office to see if it has such agreements.
Some of the universities that have these working agreements include:
University of Alaska - Fairbanks < firstname.lastname@example.org>
University of British Columbia - Canada <email@example.com>
University of California - Davis <CEHESS@UCDAVIS.EDU>
University of Guelph - Ontario <www.uoguelph.ca>
University of Idaho - Moscow <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Universite Laval - Quebec <www.ulaval.ca>
University of Nebraska - Lincoln <email@example.com>
University of Northern British Columbia <www.unbc.ca>
Purdue University - W. Lafayette <www.purdue.edu>
Washington State University - Pullman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
University of Western Sydney - Hawkesbury <email@example.com>
Information on applying through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln can be
obtained at the UNL International Affairs web site,
http://www.iaffairs.unl.edu/. The contact person in that office is Christa
Joy, Study Abroad Coordinator, phone: (402) 472-5358, fax: (402) 472-5383,
Direct inquiries can be sent to: Geir Lieblein or Charles Francis,
Agricultural University of Norway
Charles A. Francis
Ecological Agriculture Program
Dept. Horticulture & Crop Sciences, NLH
PO Box 5022
tel. +47 64 94 79 09
fax +47 64 94 78 02
Center for Sustainable Agricultural Systems
University of Nebraska
219 Keim Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0949
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