Higher education programs in agronomy, veterinary medicine, and environmental sciences offer students the promise of careers in fast-growing fields that lie at the heart of contemporary social concerns, In addition to the general issue of the future of rural areas, some examples of those concerns include:

Widening the range of food-related expertise, from production to food safety: agricultural production, fishery management, forestry, horticulture; the agri-food industries; food hygiene, quality, and safety; protection of plant varieties; organic farming.

 

Managing and preserving natural areas: Environmental design, waters and forests, land-use planning, management and preservation of natural resources, rural tourism.

Preserving nature for future generations: Natural resource management, sustainable development, bioenergy.

Innovating across the spectrum of biotechnologies, understanding and guiding economic and social systems: rural development, aid to developing countries, integrated approaches to agrarian systems, curricular design.

Animal health and veterinary medicine: animal health and safety, animal protection, tropical diseases.

Education combining theory, practice, and research

All programs include a theoretical component taught by internationally renowned research faculty, practical work in the laboratory and in the field (including internships with companies), and basic and applied research activities.

With an international outlook...

France's postsecondary programs in agronomy, veterinary medicine, and environmental sciences are becoming increasingly internationalized through cooperative arrangements and exchanges that allow students to spend part of their program working, studying, or performing research abroad.

Financial aid for international exchanges may be available from the research and education directorate of France's ministry of agriculture or from one of the European training programs (Erasmus, Tempus, Meda, Asialink).

Graduates are prepared to tackle global issues in internationally mobile careers.

 

By the numbers...

Postsecondary education in agronomy, veterinary medicine, and environmental sciences is:

26 institutions (19 public, 7 private): 20 schools of engineering, 4 veterinary colleges, 1 school of environmental sciences, 1 teacher-training institution.

13,000 students served by 850 research faculty, 250 instructors, 900 engineers and technicians, and 500 support personnel.

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