The European Master’s programme in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy Analysis (AFEPA) aims at providing a high quality education in designing and assessing public policies targeted to the agricultural and food sector as well as the rural environment.
This Master’s programme responds to the increasing need to better understand and anticipate the various and often complex socio-economic and environmental effects of these policies either in a functioning market economy as in the European Union or in economies in a development or transition phase. The AFEPA programme offers a two-year academic curriculum with integrated and advanced theoretical, methodological and empirical courses in economics and quantitative methods as well as in agricultural, food and environmental sciences, agricultural and trade policy, environmental and natural resource policy, rural development policy and agribusiness management and market analysis. To connect theory and methodology to practice, a problem solving project is developed and presented as a master thesis at the end of the two-year curriculum.
The AFEPA progamme is jointly organised by four main partner European universities: the Corvinius University of Budapest (CUB) in Hungary, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Sweden, the Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität Bonn (UBonn) in Germany, and the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium. The partnership also includes three associated partners: the Pontifica Universidad Catolica (PUC) in Chile, the University of Alberta (UAlberta – pending to final approval) in Canada and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Spain. These seven partner universities are recognised worldwide for the quality of their educational programme and scientific achievements in agricultural, environmental and economic sciences.
Cost for a participant:
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The following lists a variety of potential scholarship sources for students that are accepted into the programme. While we provide guidance and support in students’ attempts to secure an alternative scholarship it is up to the student to identify and contact the scholarship institution. We list the potential sources by country, for example, a student planning to spend his first year of the programme in Germany should also start by contacting the sources listed for Germany.
A couple of general avenues to pursue are the following:
•Speak to a counsellor at the international office of your university and inquire about the possibility of a stipend or an exchange programme with one of the five partner universities of the AFEPA programme.
•Speak to a representative of your government, or maybe a local representative from your electoral district. State your case and the fact that you have been admitted to the programme, but that it is just for lack of funding that you cannot attend it. Explain the potential service of well-educated individuals coming back an working in your country, and thus the government’s interest in assisting people to receive an outstanding education and training in an international context. Alternatively to your local representative, you could also address the agricultural ministry directly with your objective.
•Contact and visit embassies representing the five countries involved in the AFEPA European Master and explore with them the availability of funding for graduate studies. Remind your embassy’s contact that this European Master’s degree has been awarded the well-regarded Erasmus Mundus label certified by the European Commission.