Wetenschap - 7 januari 1999

Social Scientists want Rural Development Programme

Social Scientists want Rural Development Programme

Social Scientists want Rural Development Programme

The social scientists of the WAU want to start a new educational programme on Rural Development, which would include the MSc course on Management of Agricultural Knowledge Systems (MAKS). The course would focus on rural development and policies in Europe and the developing countries and aims to integrate social and technical sciences at the WAU. The scientists will send their proposal to the Executive Board of the WAU for inclusion in the Business Plan

The Business Plan proposes the elimination of the four-year Development Studies course for Dutch students which leads to a Dutch engineer title. This would then leave the MAKS course for MSc students without a parallel Dutch course with which to integrate. The upshot is that Dutch and international students will pursue the same courses to gain an MSc. The MAKS course is one of the popular MSc courses at WAU, especially interesting for international students with a technical BSc degree

The proposed four-year Rural Development programme (three years of BSc and one year of MSc) should also be attractive to technical students and aims to integrate social and natural sciences, states director Dr Piet de Visser of the department of Social Sciences

The Executive Board has received hundreds of letters reacting to the draft Business Plan in the past weeks and will publish the final version on January 15th. A.S

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