Science - January 13, 2005

New programme with Warsaw

Wageningen University has signed a new double-degree agreement. A joint programme now enables students from the Warsaw Agricultural University to obtain a degree from both universities. In the future it will also possible for students from Wageningen to follow part of their programme in Poland.

Wageningen University and Warsaw Agricultural University (SGGW) have had a joint agreement since 2001. During a visit by the rector magnificus of the Polish university to Wageningen last October, the formal agreement concerning the double degree programmes was signed. Programmes for Environmental Sciences, Forest and Nature Conservation and Management, Economics and Consumer Studies are already available. Preparations for the Plant Sciences and Animal Sciences programmes are still underway.

The Warsaw Agricultural University has not yet completed the introduction of the bachelor-master system, and few courses are given in English, so it is not yet possible for students from Wageningen to take part in the double-degree programmes. They can however already do a master’s thesis or an internship in Poland.

Next week Wageningen University will sign a memorandum of understanding with the Qeshm Institute of Higher Education in Iran. This will enable Iranian students to obtain their master’s degree from Wageningen, but to write their thesis in Iran. / JH

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