Students interested in studying animal management from a European perspective are attracted to the EURAMA MSc programme, one of several double degree programmes set up at Wageningen University in the past few years. Erasmus scholarships have made it possible for students to follow this kind of course.
The course starts out in Toulouse, where the students gain a basic know¬ledge of the field, and visit farms and food producers in Spain and France. The second semester is spent in Wageningen. Damien was here for that in 2008 and this year he came back to write his major thesis on animal nutrition and agricultural economy.
The emphasis on research in Wageningen is very appealing, says Damien. Besides, he likes the opportunity to specialize. ‘In France the studies are more general, French students have a bit of knowledge on every topic. This programme offers a way to stand out from what everybody else is doing.’
For EURAMA students from Wageningen, it is the other way around, Damien reckons. ‘They can broaden their mind and get a wider perspective, because in France they also get lectures on agricultural economics and policy.’
Damien says EURAMA changed his way of thinking. ‘When I went back to France I noticed I had a broader European view. I could not tackle issues any more by just focusing on my own country.’ / Aelandra Branderhorst
The MSc in European Animal Management (EURAMA) is a joint initiative by four universities that combines animal sciences, policies, economics and agri-business. The focus is on chain management, food quality and food safety in a European setting. Students receive a double degree from two of the participating institutes, for example Wageningen University and FESIA in France. Last May the first students on the EURAMA programme received their Master’s degree.
STUDY GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Socrates / Erasmus scholarships are meant for European students who follow courses or do an internship elsewhere in Europe within the scope of their study.
Erasmus Mundus provides scholarships for specific studies.
The Dutch government’s Huygens Scholarship Programme aims at top students.
The Netherlands Fellowship Programme gives scholarships to students from developing countries.
The Ford Foundation sponsors students from developing countries with scholarships, including preparation and study guidance.
The Anne van den Ban Fund enables students from developing countries and Central and Eastern Europe to study at Wageningen University.
Smaller scholarship programmes or private foundations set grants apart for specific groups: one of these is StuNed, which provides scholarships for Indonesian students in the Netherlands. ‘When you apply for a scholarship, you have to stand out. You must have good grades and be able to show you’ve done extra courses or interesting combinations of courses and extracurricular activities’, says Jeroen Ouburg from the Student Service Center.
A good website for international students is www.grantfinder.nl