Organic food chains at five universities

The programme EUR-Organic follows a holistic approach involving all aspects of organic food systems. The students profit from the distinct research foci of the partner universities, which in turn are reflected in the diverse specialisations available for students participating in the programme.

None of the partner universities alone can offer such a wide range of elective and compulsory modules on organic agriculture and food systems, together the partners create an added value for the students in teaching and research, e.g. in the wide range of topics for the master theses. Students are challenged by different thematic approaches throughout the course of their studies:

The students will stay for two semesters at the home university and spend another two semesters at the host university. This study structure enables the students to gain a detailed insight into the organic sector in two European countries. In Austria and Germany the organic sector is fully developed. From the agricultural production and commercialisation up to a wide consumer acceptance and different research institutions, the organic sector is well established. Poland shows a fast-paced and dynamic market development that is nonetheless still immature in many areas. The circumstances of Germany/Austria and Poland can also be projected to many other countries, like for example France and the USA or other Eastern European and Asian countries. A distinct asset of the master programme is that upon graduation the students will be used to the cultural conditions in two European countries, which is also a plus for non-European students.