The future’s agricultural education

The study about future education needs in agriculture has now been published. The report was debated in an open workshop at Blæstad, Monday, May 14th (Photo: INN University).

A study about future education needs in agriculture has now been published

- INN University thanks the committee for the report and its thorough work. We will now use the report in our further process to assess future agricultural education at our institution, says Rector Kathrine Skretting

Hearing

In the first round, the report was sent for hearing internally (faculties and employee organizations) and externally (municipalities, county authorities, relevant industry actors, agricultural organizations, other higher education institutions with agricultural education, etc.) with a deadline of June 7th.

INN University Board will be presented with the report and an orientation on received hearing statements at the Board meeting on June 12th.

- From June to September/October, we will follow up with a further assessment of the future study portfolio, including making financial assessments both in terms of academic operation and infrastructure, says Skretting.

May 14th workshop

The head of the committee, Anna Gudrun Thorhallsdottir, has presented the report during the “Workshop on the future's competence needs in agriculture”, which was held by INN University in cooperation with business actors, county authorities, and municipal authorities at the Blæstad campus on May 14th 2018. Both INN University employees and external partners and business actors have participated.

External study

On August 29th 2017, INN University Board has reached the following resolution:

"The board asks the Rector to submit a report by May 2018 on how INN University can respond to the education needs of the future in agriculture. The study should be based on INN University's academic areas of strengths and economic realities, and can be seen in conjunction with other existing offers."

The Board requested external actors for the execution of this work. The task of conducting the study was given to Anna Gudrun Thorhallsdottir, professor at the Agricultural University of Iceland. The other members of the committee have been Geir Lieblein, professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Ås; Vibeke Langer, professor at the University of Copenhagen; and Ryan Galt, professor at the University of California in Davis.

Further Work

Kristin Evensen Gangås, acting dean of the Faculty of Applied Ecology, Agricultural Sciences and Biotechnology, who participated in the workshop, supports aspirations for academic development. She reminds that diligent consideration and planning – of funding, among other things – must be implemented, in order to ensure professional development and appropriate infrastructure.

The period ahead promises to be both challenging and exciting in shaping the future of INN University, which aspires to build its profile based on a combination of a rich history and an innovative approach. This is sure to provide an interesting initiation to the prospective dean of the Faculty of Applied Ecology, Agricultural Sciences and Biotechnology, a role that is expected to be filled in the near future.  

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