This project aims at enhancing cooperation between Mediterranean countries in the fields of food security and rural development through the improvement of postgraduate programmes offered by CIHEAM.
The International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) has historically been at the forefront of Mediterranean cooperation in the areas of agriculture, food safety and security. During the years, the CIHEAM and the UfM Secretariat have strengthened their partnership for promoting cooperation on the inclusivity of agricultural sciences and on sustainability of food security and rural development in the Mediterranean.
In the framework of the “Higher Education on Food Security and Rural Development” project, labelled by the UfM in December 2012, four complementary actions aim at improving the ongoing CIHEAM Master of Science degrees and advanced training courses for professionals with the allocation of scholarships to Southern and Eastern Mediterranean students.
The four actions included in the project are the following:
1) Establishment of an observatory aimed at promoting graduates’ entrepreneurship and employability as well as increasing women’s participation in the programmes.
2) Implementation of a Mediterranean Doctoral Platform providing training and financial support to PhD students.
3) Development of e-learning by creating a virtual campus.
4) Improvement of recognition and internationalization of MSc degrees by strengthening mobility and creating joint diplomas.
The project benefits 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 and partner institutions
Founded in 1962, the (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).