Agricultural Higher Education in the 21st Century.
A global challenge in knowledge transfer to meet world demands for food security and sustainability

(Zaragoza, Spain, 15-17 June 2015)

Agricultural Higher Education

Programme & Presentations




Sunday 14 June

20:00 – 22:00 Registration and welcome reception


Day 1 – Monday 15 June

8:30 - 9:00 Registration and documentation Presentations (pdf) Videos (You tube)
9:00 - 9:50 OPENING SESSION
9:00 - 9:05 Masum BURAK. President of the Governing Board, International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)
9:05 - 9:10 Ilan CHET. Deputy Secretary General for Higher Education and Research, Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)
9:10 - 9:15 Simon HEATH. Secretary General, Association for European Life Science Universities (ICA); Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences (GCHERA)
9:15 - 9:20 Manuel J. LÓPEZ PÉREZ. President of the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE) (Spain)
9:20 - 9:35 Presentation of the OECD Co-operative Research Programme on Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems
Rafael BLASCO Scientific Advisory Board of the OECD Co-operative Research Programme on Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems. Department of Biotechnology. INIA (Spain)
9:35 - 9:45 Presentation of the Conference.
Ervin BALAZS. Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungary)
9:45 - 12:30 SESSION I: CHALLENGES FOR AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION IN THE XXI CENTURY
Chairperson: Ilan CHET (UfM)
9:45 - 10:30 Agriculture in the XXI Century
Catherine MOREDDU. OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 11:30 Main drivers in agricultural research and education to secure food supply and assure sustainability
Inés MINGUEZ. Research Centre for the Management of Agricultural and Environmental Risks (CEIGRAM). Technical University of Madrid (UPM) (Spain)
11:30 - 12:00 Developing sustainability competence and 21st century capacities through Transformative Agricultural Education
Arjen WALS. UNESCO. Chair of Social Learning and Sustainable Development. Wageningen University (The Netherlands)
12:00 - 12:30 Ethical issues in agricultural production and education
David KNAUFT. University of Georgia (USA)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:30 Student view: Attractiveness and employability
Lisanne MEULENDIJKS. International Association of Agricultural Students (IAAS) (Belgium)
14:30 - 15:50 SESSION II: ARE CURRENT AGRICULTURAL EDUCATIONAL MODELS SUITABLE TO MEET GLOBAL CHALLENGES?
Chairperson: Masum BURAK (CIHEAM)
14:30 - 14:45 Case studies: Asia
Shuichi ASANUMA. International Cooperation Center for Agricultural Research, Nagoya University (Japan)
14:50 - 15:05 Case studies: Oceania
Holger MEINKE. Head of Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture. University of Tasmania (Australia)
15:10 - 15:25 Case studies: Latin America
José A. ZAGLUL. President of the Earth University (Costa Rica)
15:30 - 15:45 Case studies: North America
John KENNELLY. President, Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences (GCHERA)(Canada)
15:50 - 16:15 Coffee break
16:15 - 16:30 Case studies: Europe 1
Astrid BALLESTA REMY. Member of ICA Board. Vice-rector for International Relations and Cooperation, University of Lleida (Spain)
16:35 - 16:50 Case studies: Europe 2
Piotr STYPINSKI. Warsaw Agricultural University (Poland)
16:55 - 17:10 Case studies: Northern African Countries
Elies HAMZA. Director, Institut National Agronomique de Tunisie (INAT). Institution de la Recherche et de l'Enseignement Supérieur Agricoles (IRESA) (Tunisia)
17:15 - 18:45 General Discussion: Agricultural Core Curricula for BSc + MSc + PhD cycles: Signposts for the future
Facilitators: Maria NAVARRO (University of Georgia,USA), Simon HEATH (ICA, GCHERA)
18:45 Transportation to Zaragoza city (bus)

Day 2 – Tuesday 16 June

9:00 - 12:45 SESSION III: ADDRESSING THE NEEDS AND CHALLENGES FOR INNOVATION IN AGRICULTURAL CURRICULA
Chairpersons: John KENNELLY (GCHERA) & Guanghong ZHOU( Nanjing Agricultural University)
Presentations (pdf) Videos (You tube)
9:00 - 9:45 Non-traditional educational models
Asha KANWAR. Commonwealth of Learning (Canada)
9:45 - 10:15 Needs for inclusion of technology transfer skills in curricula
Ilan CHET. Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)
10:15 - 10:45 Recognition of traditional knowledge and innovative developments in agricultural higher education.
Ervin BALAZS. Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTAATK) (Hungary)
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 - 11:45 Requirements of the private sector in agricultural higher education
Xavier LEPRINCE. SYNGENTA (Switzerland)
11:45 - 12:15 Needs and involvement of the public sector in higher education in emergent economies
Said OUATTAR. Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II, (Morocco)
12:15 - 12:45 Developing the Industry Ready Graduate
Greg ROWSELL. Dean of Engineering. Harper Adams University (UK)
12:45 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:30 Role of new biotechnologies in agricultural curricula
Antonio MOLINA, School of Agricultural, Food and Biosystems Engineering, Technical University of Madrid (UPM) (Spain)
14:30 - 15:00 Role of quality assurance and program accreditation in supporting development of innovative agricultural curricula
Glen C. SHINN. Texas A&M University (USA)
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 - 17:00 General Discussion: Delivering the agricultural professional with the knowledge, competences and skills required for a career in the XXI century. This session builds on the outcomes of Session II
Facilitators: Maria NAVARRO (University of Georgia, USA), Simon HEATH (ICA, GCHERA)
17:00 Transportation to Zaragoza city (bus)
17:30 - 20:00 Optional guided tour of Zaragoza
20:45 Dinner

Day 3 Wednesday 17 June

8:45 – 10.45 SESSION IV. GLOBALIZATION AND INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCES
Chairperson: Ian MAW (Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, USA)
Presentations (pdf) Videos (You tube)
8:45 – 9:15 Chinese Higher Education in Agricultural Science:Coping with Challenges through Transformative Models
Guanghong ZHOU, President of Nanjing Agricultural University (China)
9:15 – 9:45 Private enterprise commitment to higher education: The Universitas – Banco de Santander model
Salvador MEDINA. Deputy Director General. Santander Universidades (Spain)
9:45 - 10:15 Joint degrees: the future for agricultural higher education in the EU?
Guido Van HUYLENBROECK. President of ICA. Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University (Belgium)
10:15 – 10:45 USDA ´s vision on addressing current and future agricultural workforce needs in meeting societal challenges
Muquarrab A. QURESHI. Deputy Director, USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Washington DC (USA)
10:45 – 11:15 A cooperative international model: CIHEAM-IAMZ training activities
Ignacio ROMAGOSA. Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ-CIHEAM) (Spain)
11:15 – 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 - 12:30 Final General Discussion
Facilitators: Maria NAVARRO (University of Georgia, USA), Simon HEATH (ICA, GCHERA)
12:30 – 12:45 Concluding Remarks
Conference conveners
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch
14:00 Transportation to Zaragoza railway station & city (bus)

Language: Main Conference language will be English, and simultaneous interpretation into French and Spanish will be provided.