Competitiveness and innovation in agribusiness requires continuous improvement in firms’ skills and capacities in both Argentina and Australia. University training at undergraduate and post-graduate levels in both countries have an essential role to play in achieving this, and industry organizations have recognized this. Also in both countries, universities’degree programs, and industries’assistance initiatives have addressed the challenge but have encountered problems such as low rates of completion, non-return of graduates, low uptake by existing staff, and difficulties in attracting good candidates to agribusiness Degree programs and careers.
This project will canvass and validate the aspirations of firms, industries, students and universities. On that basis it will review the past initiatives in delivery to, and uptake of university degrees by, agribusiness firms. Using industry networks in Australia and Argentina, and the exchange of national and international experience, the partnership between universities and industries will be established for the re-design of university training for agroindustry. Pilot programs will then be designed.
The project will focus on the tertiary education needs of the agribusiness sector and the student base associated with that industry.
In Australia and Argentina, advanced education of employees is vital to establishing and maintaining competitiveness and engendering innovation in agribusiness. In both countries a number of initiatives and programs have been undertaken to facilitate tertiary education (university levels or education) for prospective and current employees. Difficulties have been encountered in recruitment of students, students ‘completion rates, and graduates’ exiting the industry upon completion. Further, university education of mid-career professionals encountered problems of time scheduling and prioritization. In this setting, the project’s objectives are:
Improve agribusiness performance and competitiveness through better employee skills
– Identify best practice for firms and universities in providing university training of agribusiness employees
– Re-design elements of the university curriculum for the needs of agribusiness
– Identify the best process of change for degrees (degrees) and courses (units) at universities
– Identify leadership, implementation and funding roles for each of the students, firms, industry associations, local and national government and universities.localand national government and universities.
To achieve these objectives, the project will conduct an analysis of programs, or degree offerings, and of the experience of firms and students, as well as of the industry organizations.The project is scheduled for one year.The activities will be mirrored in Australia and Argentina, and will include:
– A consultation with universities and agribusiness-related industry organizations of experiences and aspirations
– Formulation and implementation of an online questionnaire for firms and students, covering past, current and planned future activities and evaluation of performance
– An examination of university offerings in Australia and Argentina and the identification of positive and negative experiences and factors contributing to these
– Delivery of the analysis of the data to firms, industry and universities, in a structured validation exercise, along with call for ideas for change
– Formulation and dissemination of ideas for change
– The design of a pilot program at UNE and UNS, with shared effort and learning from both countries.
The communication with agribusiness and universities, and the data collection activities, will employ and develop the networks available within and between the various sectors of university and agribusiness. In addition to extension and information via the COALAR project website, various platforms and organizational structures will be used, including university links to agribusiness, the universities’ alumni, participants in past studies, on-going university networking activities, and others.
In Australia three agribusiness partners have already been recruited, and the publicity campaign will be conducted to recruit others. The partners will be employed as hubs via which large numbers of interested stakeholders can be engaged. Current and former students will be located through these networks and contacted for commentary and identification of lessons learned.
Project updates will be uploaded regularly to the project website, and linked to university-run platforms which promote university activities and output. News bulletins will be circulated to project partners.
Competitiveness and innovation in agribusiness require a continuous improvement of the skills and abilities of company personnel in Argentina and Australia. Undergraduate and postgraduate university education in both countries has an essential role to play in achieving these goals, and industry organizations have recognized it. While in both countries university programs and industry assistance initiatives have addressed the challenge, problems have been encountered such as low completion rates, no return of graduates to the sector, low recruitment by existing staff And difficulties in attracting good candidates to agribusiness programs and degree programs.
This project will analyze and validate the aspirations of companies, industries, students and universities. On that basis, the past initiatives offered and the acquisition of university degrees by the agroindustrial companies will be examined. Using the industry networks in Australia and Argentina, and the exchange of national and international experience, a partnership between universities and industries will be established for a re-design of university education oriented to agribusiness. Pilot programs will be designed.
The project will focus on the higher education needs of the agroindustrial sector and the availability of students associated with the industry.
In Australia and Argentina, advanced employee education is considered vital to establish and maintain competitiveness and generate innovation in agribusiness. In both countries, a series of initiatives and programs have been carried out to facilitate higher education (university and / or intermediate level) for future and current employees.
Difficulties have been found in student enrollment, completion rates of studies and graduates who are not inserted in the industry. Likewise, the university update of intermediate career professionals found problems of programming and prioritization. In this context, the objectives of the project are:
Increase the performance and competitiveness of agribusiness through better employee skills.
– Identify best practices for companies and universities in offering university training for agribusiness employees.
– Redesign elements of the university curriculum oriented to the needs of agroindustry.
– Identify the best process of change in degrees (degrees) and courses (units) in universities.
– Identify the collaboration / coordination, implementation and financing functions of each of the participants: students, firms, industry associations, local and national governments and universities.
In order to achieve these objectives, the project will carry out an analysis of the programs, offers of degrees, and of the experiences of companies and students, as well as of the industrial organizations. The project is scheduled for one year. The same activities will be developed in Australia and Argentina, and will include:
– Consultation with universities and industry organizations related to agribusiness on experiences and aspirations.
– Formulation and implementation of an online questionnaire for companies and students, covering past, current and future planned activities and performance evaluation.
– An analysis of university offers in Australia and Argentina and the identification of positive and negative experiences and factors that contribute to these experiences.
– Delivery of data analysis to companies, industry and universities, in a structured validation exercise, together with a call for an exchange of ideas.
– Formulation and dissemination of the ideas resulting from the exchange.
– The design of a pilot program in UNE and UNS, with the shared effort and learning of both countries.
Communication with agribusiness and universities and data collection activities will employ and develop the networks available within and between the various sectors of the university and agro-industry. In addition to the extension and information through the COALAR project website, various platforms and organizational structures will be used, including university links with agribusinesses, graduates, participants in past studies, ongoing activities in university networks and others.
In Australia three agribusinesses have already been associated and an advertising campaign will be carried out to incorporate others. The partners will be used as centers through which a large number of stakeholders can participate. Current and past students will be located through these networks and contacted for feedback and identification of lessons learned.
Project updates will be uploaded periodically on the program website and will be linked to university platforms that promote the activities of universities and their results. The newsletters will be distributed to project partners.