More and more applications to the master
The Agrofood Chain Master’s degree was created in 2006-2007. It has been widely recognized since that date at national and international levels. Now more than a hundred students apply each year. The number of attendants keeps increasing over the last 5 years up to 15 and 23 entries respectively in M1 and M2 in 2014-2015 -20-30% of French students in standard academic curriculum- due to a careful selection of applications favoring student quality over quantity. In addition, dual degree agreements and / or student exchanges are being signed, and / or negotiation between the institutions involved in the Masters and foreign universities are in progress. This is the case for example between INP-ENSAT and the University of Prague, which should again contribute to increasing staff.
The Three pillars
The coordinators of the master’s are willing to better meet the expectations of students and particularly promote their integration into the world of work. The syllabus is articulated around the three pillars of agronomy, economics and ecology applied to the food industry (see diagram 1). These three core disciplines are not addressed separately but integrated through case studies and multidisciplinary tutored projects. Accordingly, contributions from other so-called "support" disciplines are added such as plant and animal genetics, product quality or marketing in order to offer thorough knowledge of agro-process and food for students around the popular specialties. Finally, cross disciplines such as French, applied statistics, computer science or project management complete the syllabus.
A new model closer to the specificity of the agrofood labor market.
This new Agrofood Chain master’s enable students to acquire basic skills and knowledge in each of the three "pillar" disciplines. They will be able to interact with specialists in these fields and also incorporate the foundation for understanding and resolving issues raised in the entire food chains. Students will choose one of the three disciplines to deepen their knowledge and skills in a specific field, which ultimately give them both a specific skill and multidisciplinary competence in the labor market. These two points today represent two major assets, completed by additional skills in terms of life skills such as adaptability, open-mindedness to the field and crosscultural awareness.