Are you a Bachelor/Master
interested in Rural Development and Agricultural Economics ?
Interested in a multi-disciplinary and mobile training
in Europe, on a EU scholarship ?
Are you seeking a further specialisation
through an International Masters Degree ?
THEN THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU!
The joint International Master in Rural Development
(IMRD), part of the European Erasmus Mundus
program, offers the opportunity to study the European vision on rural
development in its diversity of approaches and applications, on a scholarship provided by the European Union (as of 2010-2011 also for European students).
The objective is to train specialists in integrated rural development
, focussed on socio-economic and institutional aspects, not only from the European Union but also from developed, developing and transition countries outside the European Union through a 2 year master program
(120 ECTS) jointly organised by seven European leading institutes in agricultural economics and rural development.
The Master program is offered by Ghent University (Belgium), Agrocampus Ouest (France), Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany), the University of Cordoba (Spain), in collaboration with Wageningen University (The Netherlands), the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (Slovakia) and the University of Pisa (Italy). As of 2010-2011 these will be joined
by universities in China, Ecuador, India and South Africa.
The methodology consists of a combination of basic and specialised training
in technical, economic and social sciences, a case study
of one month, an individual master thesis
and a high extent of student and scholar mobility
The deadline for applying for Academic year 2011-2013
(IMRD Program 2011-2013) is December 31, 2010.
The International MSc in Rural Development offers admission to applicants who appear to have the highest potential for graduate study
and who, with the benefit of a graduate education, are the most likely
to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields
through teaching, research, or professional practice.
The minimum graduate admission requirements are:
- Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree of minimum 3 years with good overall scores (at least a second class or equivalent, preferably
higher) from a university or recognized equivalent. Candidates are
expected to have basic science training (demonstrable in the transcripts) in the following fields:
(1) mathematics and/or statistics, (2) agronomy and/or biology and/or
environmental sciences and (3) social sciences and/or rural development.
Candidates who cannot present a combined training of these fields will
be evaluated on their aptitude, based on experience and knowledge of
these fields, as demonstrated by CV or other evidence.
- Sufficient language knowledge proven by language certificates. The applicant must be proficient in the language of the course or training
programme, i.e. English. Command of the English language is a very
important criterion for admission. With the exception of those who have a
diploma (Secondary Education, Academic Bachelor Degree, Master Degree)
issued by an institution officially recognized by the Flemish
Government, applicants must be able to prove their proficiency in
English. See the language section on the left.
Applicants generally have a Bachelor's degree or a recognized equivalent academic degree of minimum 3 years study in bioscience engineering or agricultural sciences (preferably
agricultural economics), in combination with knowledge in environmental
sciences, economics, sociology and rural development studies.
Admission decisions are based on a combination of factors, including academic degrees and records, the statement of purpose, letters of
recommendation, test scores, language skills and relevant work
experience, if any. We also consider the appropriateness of your goals
to the IMRD programme. In addition, consideration may be given to how
your background and life experience would contribute significantly to an
educationally beneficial mix of students.
Students who wish to follow the International Master in Rural Development have different options for financing the programme
. As of academic year 2010-2011, the European Union provides Erasmus Mundus scholarships not only to non-European students, but also to European students
. The amount of scholarship is different however, and so are the deadlines for applicationErasmus Mundus and IMRD consider as European students:
- students who are nationals from the 27 EU Member States (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Greece,
Ireland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands,
Portugal, UK, Sweden, Bulgaria, Malta, Poland, Czech Republic, Cyprus,
Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania)
- students who are nationals from one of the EEA-EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway)
- students who have resided or carried out their main activities (studies, work, etc.) for more than 12 months over the past five years
(preceding the start of the academic year) in any of the above
students are NON-European students
(also called Third Country students), including applicant students from Switzerland, Turkey and the Western Balkans region (i.e. Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo under UNSC Resolution 1244/99, FYRoM, Montenegro and Serbia). Thus, students from these countries, who
are not resident nor have carried out their main activity (studies,
training or work) in EU member state, EFTA and EEA state for more than a
total of 12 months over the last five years will be eligible for a Non European Student scholarship.
Make sure you know in which category you belong, consider the different options for financing your participation in the IMRD program:
1. If you are a non-European student (CLICK!):
- The Erasmus Mundus program of the European Commission awards each year a limited number of scholarships for non-European students to
follow the IMRD Program. When applying for admission to the progam,
you can apply for such a scholarship. For more information, click here.
- If you are granted admission to the program, but are not offered an Erasmus Mundus scholarship, or if you have missed the deadline for
applying for the scholarship, then you can choose to follow the program
as a "self-sponsoring" student. This means you cover the expenses of your participation in the program with funding from an alternative (non-Erasmus Mundus) scholarship, or with your own private funds or a sponsor you have found.
for more information see http://www.imrd.ugent.be/index.asp?p=86&a=86