The MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) "The Economics of Agro-Food Value Chains" is online now

The MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) "The Economics of Agro-Food Value Chains" is online now!

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The creation of these resources has been (partially) funded by the ERASMUS+ grant program of the European Union under grant no. 2014-1-DE01-KA203-00628.

Impressions of ISP 2017 in Bozen, Italy


Dr. Hannes Lang beim DAAD Kick-off Meeting und thematisches Monitoring von Erasmus+ Strategischen Partnerschaften 13.+14.10.2016

Herr Dr. Hannes Lang (wiss. Mitarbeiter) hat unsere Gruppe beim Erasmus+ 2016 Kick-off Meeting und thematischem Monitoring vom 13.-14.10.2016 in Bonn vertreten. Dort hat er unser Projekt ''Mobilising Agro-Food Expertise'' als Beispiel guter Praxis vorgestellt und Fragen hinsichtlich der Konzeption und Details eines erfolgreichen Antrags sowie der Durchführung des Projektes in einem Workshop beantwortet.

The second Multiplier Event took place on October 5th 2016 at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK

Impressions of ISP 2016 in Bozen, Italy


ISP 2016 Bolzano, Alto Adige

The location was a great choice. Bolzano, surrounded by apple orchards, vineyards and snow covered summits, is a symbol for values like tradition, community and cooperativeness. Almost every farmer in this region belongs to a cooperative. These values are deeply rooted in their guidelines.

I was positively surprised by the group dynamics that developed so quickly into a nice and interactive working atmosphere. Everybody brought his own experiences, knowledge and expectations into the program. This really helped to encourage the exchange between the students even after the regular classes. We all got along very well and made new friends from abroad.

The ISP has been organised very well in advance so that all activities were conducted with enough time for guided tours through the production- and storage sites as well as intensive discussions about supply chain management and very different aspects regarding to modern agribusiness firms´economics with those responsible, which was the topic of this years ISP.

Lukas Linden - participant ISP 2016


It was an adventurous week full of interesting excursions and lectures. We not just got more impact about value chains in the fruit industry but we also made friendships for life from other universities and countries.

Heike Dobelmann - participant ISP 2016


I really enjoyed the interdisciplinary setup of the ISP, providing me a better, more holistic understanding about the scale of current issues and trends in the European agri- and food supply chain. Especially the compact but yet detailed lecture structure on various topics packed into only one week seemed to be very efficient if compared to regular lectures during a semester. Lastly, another big bonus of the ISP was to be able to get in touch and network with other European students of different academic backgrounds, industry representatives as well as with Prof. Menapace and her colleagues.

Julius Schulte - participant ISP 2015

Dr. Philipp Schautschick als Referent beim Antragsteller-Seminar des Deutschen Akademischen Austausch Diensts (DAAD) zum neuen Erasmus+ Aufruf 2015

Auf Einladung des DAAD war Herr Philipp Schautschick (wiss. Mitarbeiter) als Referent beim Erasmus+ 2015 Antragstellerseminar am 1.+2. Dezember 2015 in Bonn. Dort hat er unser Projekt ''Mobilising Agro-Food Expertise'' als Beispiel guter Praxis vorgestellt und Fragen hinsichtlich der Konzeption und Details eines erfolgreichen Antrags in einem Workshop beantwortet.

Wir freuen uns über die Einladung des DAAD, neue Antragsteller bei dieser Aufgabe zu unterstützen!

Exkursion zur BayWa nach Regensburg im März 2015

Zusammen mit 18 Studenten aus 5 europäischen Ländern unternahmen wir im März dieses Jahres eine Exkursion im Rahmen unseres Eramus+ Programms "Mobilizing Agro-Food Expertise (MAFE)" zum Hafenstandort Regensburg der BayWa. Wir danken dem Team der BayWa ganz herzlich für die Organisation und Gestaltung dieser informativen und gelungenen Exkursion.

"BayWa live 2/15"

Website for Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership "Mobilizing Agro-Food Expertise" (MAFE)

For more information about our Erasmus+ program, e.g. the Intensive Study Programme March 2017 in Bozen, Italy, please take a look at our project website:

1st Transnational Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership Meeting in Munich & Freising, 06.+07. Nov 2014

Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership: Mobilising Agro-Food Expertise



The agro-food industry plays an important role in the European Union (EU) economy and is an important sector involved in the achievement of the goals set out by the “Europe 2020” growth strategy. This sector generates about 6% of the EU Gross Domestic Product and employs over 48 million people. Due to new challenges, its economic growth and competitiveness have been underperforming compared to the overall EU economy in recent years. One of these challenges is to improve the availability of a skilled workforce.

With this project, we address three critical issues:

(1) too few individuals develop sector-specific qualifications at university level;
(2) a gap exists between the skills that are actually required by employers and the          curriculum offered by universities;
(3) too little communication occurs among relevant stakeholders (e.g. universities,          industry and public authorities).

How we intend to achieve our objective

To tackle these issues, we have formed a strategic partnership composed of European universities (higher education institutions (HEs)) and industry partners that actively pursue communication among relevant stakeholders. In collaboration with all partners, we will organise an Intensive Study Programme (ISP) that aims at equipping graduate students with a set of knowledge and skills that are better aligned with employers’ demands. The ISP has the objective to facilitate entry of graduate students into the European agro-food job market, and to close the gap between industry needs and the academic curriculum.

Moreover, based on the curriculum developed for the ISPs, we will produce a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The MOOC, together with the related dissemination activities, will allow us to broaden the learning community and to attract more interest in the agro-food sector. This will showcase the excellence of European teaching and research to a global audience, making the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) more attractive world-wide.

The HE partners came together based on a shared interest to improve education for graduate students in agro-food economics and related disciplines. This group has the advantage of representing different geographical locations (North, South) and different institution sizes (small, medium and large). Each partner will bring its own (academic and private sector) expertise and knowledge with regard to the agro-food supply chain.

Our group is composed of seven partners:

Five HEs representing five different EU Member States:

- Technische Universität München (Germany)
- University College Dublin (Ireland)
- Wageningen University (The Netherlands)
- Scotland’s Rural College (Great Britain)
- Universita degli Studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale (Italy)

and two private sector firms involved in the food supply chain:

- BayWa AG from Germany, a large international corporation
- Beikircher Grünland GmbH/S.r.l., an Italian SME

The project as a whole will support graduate students in their career development and attract interest in the agro-food sector. Our activities contribute to the EU’s Education and Training 2020 strategic framework (ET 2020) objectives by increasing student and teacher mobility and by improving teaching quality. The project aims at strengthening European universities’ and companies’ competitiveness at the international level, and to contribute to attracting “bright minds” and mitigating the brain-drain away from Europe.

Kick-off-Meeting Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership / Bonn October 2014