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Proceedings (peer-reviewed)

Title of proceedings Internatioanl Conference on Organic Agriculture Sciences
Place Budapest and Eger, Hungary

Open Access

Abstract

ADVANCING TRAINING AND TEACHING OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURE IN SOUTHEAST EUROPE Shukri Fetahu (1), Esma Velagic Habul (2), Ivan Manolov (3), Ardian Maci (4), Dóra Drexler (5), Urs Niggli (6) 1 University of Prishtina, Kosovo, e‐mail: shfetahu@hotmail.com, shukri.fetahu@uni‐pr‐edu 2 University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 Agricultural University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria 4 Agricultural University of Tirana, Albania 5 Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (ÖMKi), Hungary 6 Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland Five universities from southeastern Europe have joined the project: „Advancing training and teaching of organic agriculture in South East Europe” (2012‐2014), sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and coordinated by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, Switzerland. The project aims to substantially improve training in organic agriculture. The survey on existing courses in organic agriculture at the partner institutions was the basis for the creation of the new, modern approach to knowledge management in organic agriculture. Two questionnaires, (offered to students from four universities and teachers from 13 universities in the Region) have indicated the need for a two cycles approach: one general, introductory module at BSc level, and one, profound module, adapted to the students profiles at MA level. The teaching materials (books, practicum, E‐learning platform, literature) are also discussed in the project, and the following next steps are foreseen: - Creation of modules on organic agriculture adapted to the BSc level that will be written by the project partners, including a general introduction that will focus on the philosophy and raison d’etre of organic agriculture. - An interface with e‐learning software.  -An International seminar on academic education in organic agriculture, which will be held in 2014 at Tirana University. There, the project partners will present the modules to the university’s students. The feedback of the students will then be used to improve the material further.
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