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  • Agri-Food Graduate Development Programme

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DAFM National Call 2014 14/F/855 UCC, (UCD, Teagasc) €874,354

Project Title:

Agri-Food Graduate Development Programme

Project Coordinator:

Prof Alan Kelly

Project Abstract

This proposal aims to establish a new Agri-Food Graduate Development Programme (AFGDP) for 2014-2018. The proposed programme builds on both the Food Graduate Development Programme (FGDP) established in 2007, and the Agri-Food Graduate Development Programme (AFGDP) that commenced in 2012. The overall aim of the proposed programme is to provide skills training to postgraduate students in the Agri-Food (including forestry and marine) sector in universities and research institutions in Ireland. Through the delivery of accredited modules on 40 occasions, participants will receive training in topics that are relevant to those pursuing a leadership career in AgriFood. There is a focus on enhancing industrial knowledge, business and personnel management, leadership, communication as well as advanced research and development skills. The programme will foster personnel with skills capable of leading the development of Ireland’s knowledge-based bio-economy. The new AFGDP will also explore opportunities to liaise with on-going initiatives to provide cost-effective delivery of Continuing Professional Development. The proposed programme has strong links with industry, to up skill graduates for employment and the rapid adaptation to challenging careers. Ultimately, the Programme will contribute to improved human capital within the Agri-Food sector, contributing to the competitiveness of this key sector of the Irish economy.

Final Report:

Not available yet.