Participants of the European projects Regions4Food and DIVA visit the ETSIA of the University of Seville to get to know the Master in Digital Agriculture and Agrifood Innovation and the Sparkle project.
- The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development of the Regional Government of Andalusia has organized a programme of visits for the members of the Regions4Food project, which included a visit to the school’s Future Farm as a reference of good practices for the digitalization of the agri-food sector.
- The Technological Corporation of Andalusia (CTA) has included this visit in the framework of the coordination meeting of the European project DIVA held on 23 and 24 September, as an example of pioneering training in precision agriculture.
Seville, 24 September 2019. The Higher Technical School of Agronomic Engineering (ETSIA) of the University of Seville today welcomed participants from the European projects Regions4Food and DIVA, both created to promote digital transformation in the agrifood sector and coordinated by the Regional Government of Andalusia and the CTA, respectively.
Representatives of several EU Member States (Bulgaria, Finland, France, Holland, Hungary, Italy) attended the talk on the Master’s in Digital Agriculture and Agrifood Innovation by Manuel Pérez Ruiz, director, and Jorge Martínez Guanter, co-director, which highlighted how this master aims to meet the demand from companies in the sector for agricultural professionals specializing in digitalization.
“It is essential to encourage business-university collaboration to design a training program that integrates the new skills required by companies and facilitate the employment of students,” said Manuel Perez-Ruiz during his presentation.
The Master began its second edition next October 2 with all places covered after a first edition of great success thanks to its commitment to personalized learning models adapted to each student, which has managed to respond to the current needs of the agrifood sector.
After the presentation, a visit was made to the Future Farm facilities, the experimental plot that allows the master’s students to apply all the theory received during their training in a real production environment.
The European visitors, representatives of Public Administrations and the business and university world, were able to get to know first-hand the operation of the different technologies and their testing methods at Future Farm, which was undoubtedly what most aroused the interest of the attendees due to its innovative and pioneering nature in the training sector.
For the ETSIA representatives, it was a pleasure to receive such a diverse group with so much interest in their work, proof of the relevance that the digital transformation is taking in all areas of the agri-food sector. Initiatives such as these, promoted by the Regional Government of Andalusia from its Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development and the Andalusia Agrotech Digital Hub, as well as the CTA, are essential as they allow the creation of collaborative networks to promote the digitalization of the sector.