- Degree type
- Language of education
- 26 weeks
- Tuition fee EU/EEA
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- Tuition fee Non EU/EEA
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- Education type
- Start of program
- Application deadline
- Type of institution
- Institute for International Education
Demand for milk and milk products is increasing rapidly, especially in developing countries. As a result, many (developing) countries are stimulating their dairy sector. However, dairy development is a complex issue.
Dairy production requires technical skills and an efficient supply of inputs such as training and extension, concentrates, breeding bulls, A.I., etc. It also requires a well-organised milk collection, processing and marketing system. Managerial skills are urgently required at all levels throughout the dairying chain.
A mid-career course for persons who contribute through teaching, training, extension and/or management activities directly or indirectly to the development of the dairy sector.
At the end of the course the participants are equipped with new attitudes, knowledge and skills in the field of dairying and milk processing. They are able to enhance their work performance.
The 26-weeks-course consists of two sections, a general section and a specialisation section.
All participants attend the general part that provides broad basic knowledge of (rural) dairy development, the milk chain (production-collection-processing-marketing), animal husbandry, dairy farm management, training and extension and small scale milk processing. The specialisation section is meant to provide the participants with up-to-date knowledge and skills in a specific field.
Participants have to choose one out of the following three specialisations:
Training and extension: for persons working in smallholder dairy development projects, dairy producers’ organisations and for lecturers and trainers at vocational training centres and/or agricultural colleges. Technical and socio-economic aspects of smallholder mixed farming, service supply, producers’ organisations, rapid rural appraisal techniques are core issues.
Dairy farm management: for managers of (large) milk production units, research or breeding farms. A wide range of technical subjects is completed with management tools such as applied farm economics, technical and financial analysis of
farm performance and planning.
Small-scale milk processing: for persons who are, or will be, working in the field of small-scale processing. Detailed study of the complete chain (procurement-processing-marketing) in small to medium scale private enterprises and dairy co-operatives, with a strong emphasis on its practical implications and on quality management.
Each specialisation matches the training needs of the individual participant as much as possible. Applicants must clearly indicate their preferred field of specialisation. All participants conclude with the same programme: an optional programme, presentation of their pilot project to fellow participants and staff, course evaluation and closing ceremony. On successful completion of the course, the participants will be awarded a diploma.
Main objective is to equip participants with cutting-edge skills, knowledge and attitude necessary for the development of the dairy husbandry and milk processing industry in line with changing trends in globalisation. The competencies needed to be successful in the dairy sector will be developed.