International programmes - Animal Sciences

The master's Animal Sciences is a very internationally oriented programme. There are many different nationalities within the student population as well as within the employee population. The master's programme of Animal Sciences offers several international study programmes, in which students and universities from different countries are involved.

Educational collaboration

Through research, there is much collaboration between Wageningen University & Research and research institutes all over the world. These collaborations are extended to education. Together with outstanding universities, we offer several international study programmes where students from different countries take part in the same programme. You follow courses and/or can do your thesis/internship at Europe’s top universities in specific topics. In this way you become an expert in one of the animal sciences fields and have the opportunity to gain experience with different international (educational and scientific) cultures. Several of the programmes allow you to graduate at two universities, and thus obtain a double MSc degree.

Current international MSc programmes are:

European master's in Animal Breeding and Genetics

The European master's in Animal Breeding and Genetics (EMABG) offers high quality training, both in terms of scientific knowledge as well as didactic skills, provided by six excellent university groups within the EU. This programme is a response to the need of highly qualified graduates in the internationally operating area of farm animal breeding and genetics. If you are well motivated and interested in animal breeding, statistical genetics and genomics this is the right programme for you. For specific questions please take a look at the master's programme or contact Dieuwertje Lont (dieuwertje.lont@wur.nl)

Student experience with EMABG

Roberto Espinola Alfonso from Paraguay is following the EMABG in the specialisation ‘Biological and Societal Context of Breeding’. His first year he is studying here at WUR, writing his first minor thesis about ‘Beef cattle international evaluation’ that will allow breeders to compare animals’ genetic value across different countries. Next year he will be at SLU in Uppsala, Sweden to write his second thesis.

I am really proud of myself that I made it into this programme. I will not take this for granted!
Roberto Espinola Alfonso
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“Beef production is increasing rapidly in the world, as a matter of fact the entire livestock industry is, with the accompanying environmental impact. With the knowledge of this programme I want to fight this climate change by selecting genetic indicators for lower emissions when breeding for beef production."

"After EMABG, I hope to work for an European breeding company with genotype population data, but I am also open to the possibility to work with the same matter in an organisation or institution. Then after a few years, I would like to return to Paraguay and incorporate all my knowledge in the breeding industry, as Paraguay is one of the largest beef exporters in the world.”

European Animal Management and Sustainability

The European Animal Management and Sustainability programme (EURAMA) is a joint initiative of European universities and combines animal sciences, policies, economics and agri-business. EURAMA is set up because animal husbandry and livestock development are more and more constrained by technical factors (food supply, animal health, level of management, genetic profile) and infrastructural and socio-economic factors (trade, labour, entrepreneurship) outside countries borders. Students focus on chain management, food quality and food safety in an European setting. Graduates are trained to tackle multi-disciplinary problems related to sustainable livestock management in an international setting. For more information contact Francine Wartena (education.animalsciences@wur.nl) or visit www.eurama.org.

student experience with EURAMA

Anna-Maria Koch is from Germany, where she completed a traineeship as an industrial business management assistant, and a bachelor in agriculture. She knew she wanted to continue her master in animal sciences combined with trade, economics and commerce on an international level. She didn’t have to search long, as she found it in the EURAMA programme at Wageningen.

The EURAMA presentation had economics, trade, animal sciences and international all in one sentence, I was sold!
Anna-Maria Koch
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“To study abroad and to work on an international level, that was my aim. Therefore I visited the master open day of Wageningen University and Research, as it has a great reputation in the field of animal sciences. I was so impressed by the university and the presentation of the master’s Animal Sciences, I decided right away I wanted to study here. During this presentation the EURAMA programme was briefly mentioned. It had economics, trade, animal sciences and international all in one sentence, I was sold!" 

“My first semester started at the École d'ingénieurs de Purpan in Toulouse, France with an international group of 17 students coming from all around the world. The rest of my master’s I studied in Wageningen, although I performed my MSc internship in Paris at Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition and we went on two study trips within the EURAMA programme; one to Brussels on European policies and one to Spain to experience different animal production systems. Such an interesting and fun experience at the same time.”

She just graduated with a specialisation in Animal Nutrition and already found a job: Nutritionist – Feed in an international team at Cargill in Amsterdam.

“EURAMA made me open minded. Now I understand the agricultural sector from a global perspective. During courses at Purpan my international class worked on different cases. All students would bring their own view and arguments to the table. I was amazed with idea’s and different point of views, some I would never have come up with. EURAMA was an unique experience and I wish to incorporate the open mindset in my new function.”

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