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The main objective of the Master is to train future researchers and specialists (professionals) within the area of Vegetable Production in Protected Agriculture, and particularly in crops in arid and semiarid zones of Mediterranean, subtropical and tropical climate.
Students are intended to acquire the necessary and sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the sphere of Protected Agriculture to be able to successfully undertake professional work (professional itinerary) or a Doctoral Thesis and/or a scientific career in public or private centres or companies (research itinerary].
The Postgrade Program is within the sphere of knowledge of Vegetable Production in Protected Agriculture, focussing particularly on Mediterranean greenhouse horticulture, which is one of the least subventioned and most competitive sectors in Spanish and European agriculture. This is leading to important adaptation changes and improvements in the sector in order to remain competitive, as it is a sector whose income basically depends on the market.
The first secondary objective of the master is to train professionals with proved competences to be able to respond to these new challenges of the market and of production in protected horticulture, both in their professional and their research dimensions.
Since research and development about greenhouse horticultural crops undertaken in European Northern countries (with very different climate and greenhouses to those of this area) is not directly applicable in Mediterranean zones and handicraft greenhouses like ours, we consider it justified to promote research, development and quality innovation programs, as well as an adequate level of professional qualification, specific for greenhouse horticulture in Mediterranean zones, based on master programs like this one.
Greenhouse horticulture of the Spanish Mediterranean coast is also an agricultural model that, due to its competitivity and product quality, is being copied or imitated in other agricultural areas in the world, especially in developing countries. This is proved by the increasing number of technical delegates from European and non-European countries who visit the area every year and the high number of foreign students in the Doctorate Program which has originated this master. In fact, the Doctorate Program which originated this master has been offered non-stop since 1998/99 with an average number of 13 doctoral students enrolled, has represented 41% of the total number of foreign students from Latinamerican countries (Mexico, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Costa rica and Brazil) and from Nort Africa (Algiers). The rest of students have come from the Unviersity of Almeria, from other universities (Madrid, Cordoba and Granada) and from research centres in Almeria and Granada, and local technicians who work in companies of this sector. Therefore, the third secondary objective of the master is to satisfy this demand for training at international level, and in Spanish language.
Les compétences représentent l'ensemble, susceptible d'être identifié et évalué, des connaissances, attitudes, valeurs, aptitudes et habiletés liés les uns aux autres, qui permettent aux étudiants d'exercer des activités professionnelles en conformité avec les exigences et les normes utilisées dans le domaine professionnel concerné.
Tous les Masters de l'Université de Almería envisagent, de façon explicite, deux types de compétences:
Specific competences of the degree are included in the degree report. Follow this link to access them: