Applications are now open for the international Master's degree course in 'Valorization and Sustainable Development of Mountain Areas'. The degree course - taught in English - aims to form professionals who are capable of promoting the enhancement, development, and sustainable management of mountain territories by applying innovative approaches and a systemic vision.

Multidisciplinary training will integrate environmental and agro-forestry knowledge with proficiency in the economic, legal, historical-geographical, and communication skills necessary to clearly delineate the specifics of mountain territories.

The master's degree program will allow graduates to acquire concrete knowledge, skills and abilities specific to the environmental characteristics of mountain agro-forest ecosystems, specific technologies and methods for monitoring and sustainable management of the mountain environment and its resources, and to optimize the services rendered (ecosystem services, tourism, etc.) and the products that can be obtained. Indeed, the training aims to promote the sustainable enhancement of the specific resources of mountain territories in strategic sectors for the economy such as tourism (e.g., planning and promotion of greenways and paths, dissemination/environmental education), energy from renewable sources, as well as (with regard to "bio-resources" and mountain agrobiodiversity) traditional local short supply chains (e.g. agritourism companies, catering, crafts, etc.) but also in typical industrial supply chains in various sectors such as agri-food, medicinal/health, nutraceutical, cosmetic, manufacturing (e.g. textile) biotechnology, or in the context of the bioeconomy and the circular economy.

An Open Day will be held online on Zoom on 15 May at 5:30pm, to present the educational approach and activities of the Master's degree through the voices of current students. To register, please click here.

For all student voice videos, please click here.

Application for admission: from 6 March 2023 to 31 October 2023.
Application for matriculation: from 3 April 2023 to 15 January 2024.

The candidate will be called for interview to verify the adequacy of the initial preparation, which will be held on the dates indicated: 5 June 2023 at 14.00, 11 September 2023 at 14.00, 23 November 2023 at 14.00 and 9 January 2024 at 14.00.

For the complete programme and admissions requirements, please visit the website.

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Cover image by Paul Szewczyk.

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