Applications for the first fully online Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Integrated Crop Management (ICM) are now open. CAS1 – Sustainable Production Practices is the first of three new online programmes developed and run by CABI and the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland.
What is ICM?
ICM is a sustainable agricultural production system that improves overall crop health with minimal impact on the environment. It optimizes yield and profitability, and takes into consideration pest management, soil care, seed selection, crop nutrition, water management, rural economics, landscape management, agricultural policy and more. ICM is an important part of sustainable agriculture and this course promotes the adoption of sound crop management principles.
How is the programme run?
The CAS1 – Sustainable Production Practices programme is fully online and will run from January to August 2022. It will facilitate exchange between international participants as they explore and learn about technical solutions to current challenges in crop production. Participants will enhance their ability to address global issues related to agriculture such as food security, resource management and environmental change.
The programme is structured around seven modules:
|Topic 0||Topic 1||Topic 2||Topic 3||Topic 4||Topic 5||Topic 6|
|Introduction||Soil Mgmt.||Crop Nutrition||Water Mgmt.||Seed / Planting Materials||Integrated Pest Mgmt.||Cropping Strategies|
CAS 1 is the first of three new CAS programmes developed and run by CABI and the University of Neuchâtel that can be combined towards a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS).
In addition, the programme is a post-graduate course that counts 12 credit points under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Who is the programme for?
This CAS programme is valuable for scientists, teachers, extension officers, policy makers and post graduate students who already possess a Bachelor’s degree or at least three years of relevant professional experience in a related field and wish to enrich their ICM knowledge. The topics addressed in this online course are of global relevance and candidates are welcome from any country.
What are the expected outcomes?
CAS 1 learning is based on the proven content and approaches from previous educational activities and professional experience from over 20 years. Participants will acquire a wide variety of skills and knowledge related to sustainable agriculture. This will facilitate the acquisition of positions in both the public and private sectors, including government, research, universities, advisory services, NGOs and industry.
How do I apply?
For more information on the programme and to apply, please visit the University of Neuchâtel website.
Please note that the application deadline is 15 November 2021.
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