BSc in Sustainable Agriculture


Program Description

BSc in Sustainable Agriculture

Since the Winter Semester 2010 / 2011, the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences offers the English language course of study Sustainable Agriculture at their campus location in Kleve. In this path of study, the agriculture and horticulture production systems are analyzed and evaluated as a part of the value chain with regard to their sustainability. As an outcome optimization strategies target all the three major areas of sustainability: environmental stewardship, economic profitability, and social responsibility.

Key global issues including climate change with changing weather conditions, increasing land degradation and loss of biodiversity will be dealt with as well as the questions of world nourishment, the strong price fluctuations for agricultural products and revenue assurance for farmers and gardeners in a globalized world. At the same time production systems of different value chains from food production to ornamental plants production to renewable raw materials, production is looked at and evaluated with different approaches and methods regarding their sustainability in their environmental, economic and social terms. The resulting ethical issues are also addressed in the courses.

Sustainable agriculture is a study course combining technical, natural, economic and social disciplines of science. In a range of interdisciplinary projects, students learn to analyze, evaluate and optimize agricultural and horticultural production systems as an integral part of the value chain. In cooperation with companies and institutions, this applications-oriented study allows a high level of practical relevance to be reached. Alongside the provision of technical and scientific content and the establishment and development of methodological skills, the social competences of each individual are strengthened.

Self-organized learning as a key competency and as an integral part of a university study is promoted from the outset. Here to a large degree, the transfer of professionally qualifying skills and the advancement of personal competencies take place through integration and specialization. In doing so, different forms of learning such as lectures, seminars, lab courses, internships, exercises and project works are selected to communicate classical educational content (e.g. soil science, botany, business administration, livestock sales) as well as modern themes of the agricultural branch (e.g. precision farming, energy production, quality management, value chains analysis).

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The Rhine Waal University has been in existence since the 1st May 2009, and is an innovative, interdisciplinary and highly modern international university, with Kleve as the main seat of learning and ... Read More

The Rhine Waal University has been in existence since the 1st May 2009, and is an innovative, interdisciplinary and highly modern international university, with Kleve as the main seat of learning and Kamp-Lintfort as a second location. In Kleve, until we can move to the new buildings being built at present alongside the Spoy Canal, you can study as an interim solution in our buildings in Landwehr Straße, or in Emmerich at the former Army Barracks. The Kamp-Lintfort location in Südstraße is also an interim solution, where courses are taking place until moving into their own new buildings in the centre of the city. From 2013, a total of 5000 students from Germany and abroad will be able to enjoy both academic sites whilst completing attractive courses in an open, friendly and personal atmosphere. Our teachers, professors and staff and the pleasant environment of our university also contribute significantly to making our students feel really at home. The subjects covered by our courses are scientific and application-oriented, of the highest standards and of high practical relevance, both in instruction and research. We offer degree programmes in natural, economic and engineering sciences, as well as subjects oriented toward the social and health sciences. On 21 September 2009 we commenced with the winter semester 2009 / 2010 offering our first three Bachelor degree programmes: BioScience and Health, B.Sc., Faculty of Life Sciences in Kleve International Business and Social Sciences, B.A., Faculty of Society and Economics in Kleve E-Government, B.Sc., Faculty of Communications and Environment in Kamp-Lintfort In the four Faculties – “Technology and Bionics” (Emmerich), “Life Sciences” (Kleve), “Society and Economics” and "Technology and Bionics" (Emmerich) and “Communications and Environment” in Kamp-Lintfort – a total of 16 courses have been available at Rhine Waal University since the winter semester 2010 / 2011, 70 percent of which are taught in English. And these numbers are growing each year. Read less