Achieving twice the world’s food production at half the ecological footprint by the year 2050 is a goal that will require highly skilled animal science experts. To meet this demand, four leading European universities have established the unique Erasmus Mundus MSc in Sustainable Animal Nutrition and Feeding (EM-SANF). The programme is hosted by the École d’Ingènieurs de Purpan in France, the University of Debrecen in Hungary, Wageningen University in the Netherlands, and Aarhus University in Denmark.
Feeding the growing world population sustainably—in a manner that is environmentally sound and socioeconomically acceptable—is today’s major challenge, and it requires highly trained experts with a multi-focus view of animal nutrition. The EM-SANF MSc programme educates students to solve the animal nutrition challenges of the future. The complementary expertise of four European higher-education institutes, with support from the international feed industry and academic partners worldwide, aims to educate students to meet the ‘twice the food production at half the ecological footprint’ challenge.
The MSc in Sustainable Animal Nutrition and Feeding is a double-degree programme in which students specialise in two out of four alternative tracks. The programme is unique in its approach to student mobility, as it is a joint international programme with links to industrial and institutional partners worldwide, allowing students access to the latest research as well as the experience of differing cultures and learning environments. In their first year students take courses to enable them to conduct research as part of their thesis in the second.
In the first semester, students choose between two partner institutions, focusing on either Feed Market and Economics (École d’Ingènieurs de Purpan) or Nutrition and Environment (Aarhus University). In the second semester, students continue at one of the other two partner institutions, choosing between Feed and Food Evaluation (University of Debrecen) and Modelling Nutrient Metabolism (Wageningen University). The second year comprises an internship and a thesis, supervised by the partner institutions selected in the first year and if possible conducted at one of the (associate) partner institutions. Students may choose between four different tracks comprising four combinations of double degrees. Some subjects can be followed by all students at each partner institution through cross-teaching, video-conferencing and distance learning technologies. Study advisors assist students to make decisions in planning.
The programme is complemented by a two-week Introduction Programme for first-year students, introducing training in scientific skills and providing a forum for networking with second-year and graduate students, as well as with tutors and associate and industry partners. At the Introduction Programme Summer Conference, second-year students present their thesis proposals to the Consortium, to first-year students, and to representatives from the associate partners.
The Master’s programme in Sustainable Animal Nutrition and Feeding is supported by the
Erasmus Mundus programme of the European Union, which provides scholarships for the programme
for both EU and non-EU students.
"Had I not been studying at AU, I would never have been where I am today. I spent one and a half year at AU where I enjoyed my time interacting with a friendly and competent research team in Animal Sciences. During my stay, I learned state of the art techniques e.g. in vitro rumen incubation system, RNA extraction, PCR, gas chromatography, fatty acid analysis, nylon bag technique, mobile bags technology and statistical analysis. My current work is on physically effective fiber in forages for dairy cows, which also involve the rumen passage kinetics for forages, which I learned at AU. I feel proud to be AU Alumnus."
Usama Tayyab, PhD Fellow, Dept. Anim. Prod. Welfare & Vet Sciences, Harper Adams University, UK
The EM-SANF MSc is open to motivated students with a BSc degree in Animal Sciences, Biology (Zoology-oriented) or Veterinary Sciences with specified prerequisites involving basic knowledge of statistics, mathematics and chemistry. The course is supported by the Erasmus Mundus programme of the European Union, which provides scholarships for the programme for both EU and non-EU students.
Read more about admission requirements and procedures at www.emsanf.eu.
Please visit the EM-SANF homepage for detailed information on the structure of the program.