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Associate partners & cooperation

The master ACT course is also associated with 25 Associated Partners all over the world, an efficient network to develop joint research,  undertake actions on the field, and share resources and knowledge.

– 3 professional organisations,

– 2 international research organisations,

– 17 universities of the third countries,

–  3 well represented Associations of Universities in Agriculture.

The role of the Associated Partners:

  • Channel candidates with the best  professional or academic profile.
  • Being fully included in the selection of candidates, these associated partners.
  • Collaborate to the MSc thesis, hosting the field research, offering academic and practical support as well as expertise on local contexts.

A number of universities in the South are also developing post graduate climate change programmes with which agreements are negotiated. In exchange, assistance to setting curricula and training capacities at these partners’ level is reinforced.

Scholars from the Associated Partners are invited to teach in the Master ACT and scholars from the six universities of the Master ACT reciprocally contribute to the local master courses when they are invited to do so.

Among the professional organisations

Professional organisations make sure that its supply of training is consistent with the needs of the stakeholders working in the field of agriculture, climate change, innovation and sustainable development. We highlight our collaboration with

  • Young Professionals Platform on Agricultural Research for Development (YPARD). Similarly, at the International Global Science Conference on Climate Smart Agriculture, YPARD and Agrinatura co organised a side event Building capacities to address climate change during which the training objectives of the Master ACT were presented and discussed with a large professional audience.
  • Global Horticultural Initiative (Germany) is a worldwide program to foster more efficient and effective partnerships and collective action among the stakeholders concerned by horticulture.

Among the Universities of the third countries:

  • In Asia: Kasetsart University in Thailand, University Putra Malaysia in Malaysia, IP Bogor and Universitas Gadja Madja in Indonesia, University of the Philippines Los Banos are designing a joint Master course on Food security and Climate change with the support of Agrinatura and Master ACT. Exchange of students and mutual recognition of credits are fore seen with master ACT.
    Carried by Universitas Hasanuddin and Universitas Tadulako n Sulawesi  the East Indonesian University Network brings together  Universities from the small Islands of Eastern Indonesia, particularly sensible to climate change. With the assistance of Master ACT, they are also organising a joint post graduate course on this topic with which, once in place, exchanges can be organised.
  • In Africa, Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Agronomiques at Antananarivo in Madagascar and Makerere university in Uganda have open courses on Agriculture and Climate change with which cooperation is in place;  Similarly, University of Development Studies in Ghana, University of Parakou in Benin are also linked with master ACT.
  • In Latin America, University of Costa Rica, UNAM and Chapingo in Mexico, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC) , Universitad La Molina in Peru are actively invoved in exchanges with ACT . The network “Agriculture for Sustainable Development” (Agrideso), in which also participated the Catholic University of Temuco (Chile), the National University of Cajamarca (Peru) and the National University of Santiago del Estero (Argentina) are being associated to master ACT through the School of Agricultural Engineering of the University of Seville.

Among the Associations of Universities in Agriculture

  • Agrinatura, the European Alliance on Agricultural Knowledge for Development, is the Association of Universities in Europe that have a strong contribution in agriculture in the developing countries. Agrinatura has played a major role in initiating the preparation master ACT and continues to lead in coordinating and managing the joint activities of the ACT MSc, especially for the cooperation with third countries.
  • South-East Asian Regional Center for Graduate Studies and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA, Philippines) is the leading organisation for education and research in agriculture in the region. It is an active partner of Master ACT to support the Asian initiatives related to climate change and Agriculture.
  • Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (Ruforum, Uganda) holds the same role in Africa. RUFORUM is a consortium of 55 universities in 19 countries of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa established in 2004, all of them having a faculty or a department in Agriculture.  Ruforum actively fosters innovative and responsive research and a dynamic platform for university networking; advocacy for agricultural higher education; and university transformation for relevance.