Euro-Mediterranean Heads of States and Government recorded in the Joint Declaration of the Paris Summit (2008) the need to increase cooperation in the areas of agriculture, food safety and security. The role of the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) has been crucial in developing these important issues.
The “Higher Education on Food Security and Rural Development” project combines the implementation of four specific and complementary actions aimed at improving the ongoing CIHEAM Master of Science degrees and advanced training courses for professionals with the allocation of scholarships for Southern and Eastern Mediterranean students.
The four actions included in the project are the following:
1) Establish an observatory aimed at promoting graduates’ entrepreneurship and employability as well as increasing women’s participation in the programmes.
2) Implement a Mediterranean Doctoral Platform providing training and financial support to PhD students.
3) Develop e-learning by creating a virtual campus.
4) Improve recognition and internationalization of MSc degrees by strengthening mobility and creating joint diplomas.
The project will benefit all students and professionals participating in the CIHEAM postgraduate programmes (members of competent authorities, officers in public administrations, agro-food industry managers, technical advisors, academics from higher education and research institutions, etc.).
ABOUT THE PROMOTER
Founded in 1962, the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) is a Mediterranean intergovernmental organization working to improve sustainable agriculture and fisheries, ensure food and nutrition security and develop rural and coastal territories.
The organization gathers 13 Member States from both shores of the Mediterranean (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey) and works in partnership with several international and regional institutions. CIHEAM is composed of 5 bodies: a Secretariat General in Paris (France) and four Institutes (MAIs) located in Bari (Italy), Chania (Greece), Montpellier (France) and Zaragoza (Spain).