Education

All partners of the Global Bioeconomy Alliance have a varied offer of degree programs in the field of bioeconomy. This refers to both Bachelor and Master programs. The following sites give an overview of the various study courses at TUMCS, UQ and UNESP.

One of the alliance`s main objectives for the near future is to intensify the educational exchange of students and staff between the partner universities.

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TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability

Bachelor degree programs (B. Sc.)

1. Chemical Biotechnology

Industrial biotechnology, best described as chemical biotechnology, is one of the key technologies for making conventional industrial processes more cost-effective and ecologically friendly, as well as for tapping renewable resources for industrial purposes. The development of processes in biotechnology therefore demands interplay between biology, chemistry, and process engineering.
The bachelor’s program in Chemical Biotechnology conveys the scientific and technological fundamentals and general content of the core disciplines of chemistry, molecular biology, and process engineering, as well as cultivating the associated skills required for practical laboratory work and scientific experiments. These skills are acquired during the course of extensive practical lab modules.
Graduates can draw upon their interdisciplinary knowledge of chemical biotechnology to independently plan projects. They are also able to pursue a professional career in industry and research that directly relates to their education and training.
The full time study is structured as follows: The first two semesters deal with the relevant fundamentals of mathematics and the natural sciences. From the third semester onwards, these are built upon through the cultivation of advanced knowledge relating to the three main areas of chemistry, molecular biology, and process engineering. From the forth semester onwards, students can begin to partially specialize through their choice of various elective modules. In the fifth and sixth semesters, students build upon their chosen specialty by completing a major research internship and the bachelor’s thesis.

2. Management and Technology

Today, many companies are looking for managers with a background in engineering or natural sciences. They need passionate individuals who combine entrepreneurial skills and a detailed knowledge of business with a solid understanding of innovation and technology. Our Bachelor in Management & Technology (TUM-BWL) conveys the interdisciplinary focus needed, putting students at a distinct advantage when it comes to shaping their career.

The program combines courses in management with options in engineering or natural sciences. There is also plenty of room for specialization. Our teaching draws on the latest research and state-of-the-art industrial practice. As well as lectures, we run regular tutorials and small-group seminars. Practical experience is ensured through project work.

The full time study is structered as follows: The first 4 semesters communicate the basic knowledge of the disciplines management, mathematics, law and economics. Starting in the second semester, students get insights into their chosen specialization in technology (chemistry, mechanical engineering, informatics, electrical and information technology, computer engineering and renewable resources). The specialization in Renewable Resources is taught at TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability. Within the upper terms, the students get the chance to prove their team working skills during the module “Project Studies” and can choose a specialization in the management or/and technology area depending on their personal interests. Through the mobility window we give our students the possibility to complete a semester abroad at one of our partner universities. Finally, the sixth semester is devoted to the Bachelor’s thesis.

3. Renewable Resources

The interdisciplinary bachelor’s program in Renewable Resources provides students with fundamental knowledge of the natural, life, and engineering sciences. It covers the entire value chain as regards renewable resources, from plant-breeding and cultivation through harvesting and the use of crops for the purposes of energy and as raw materials to marketing. Throughout, the central focus is on economic as well as ecological aspects.

Graduates are familiar with all of the central aspects of the value creation process relating to renewable resources. Given their interdisciplinary knowledge of the areas of agriculture and forestry, the use of resources for chemical and material purposes and to generate energy, as well as of economics, they are able to analyze complex systems in relation to their discipline. They can design sustainable agricultural, agroforestry, and forestry systems for the production of biogenic resources. Their knowledge of methodologies enables them to assess the quality of resources. Furthermore, they will have acquired a sound knowledge of the fundamentals of relevant disciplines: chemistry, biotechnology, economics, ecology, and power engineering.

The full time study is structured as follows: Students will start off with the necessary fundamentals in biology, chemistry, engineering, and economics and business administration. A further focus lies on the production of biogenic resources through agriculture and forestry, e.g. breeding, cropping, and harvesting. In the course of the program one will study ecology including sustainability, ecosystems, and stressphysiology. Emphasis is placed on the energetical and industrial use of renewable resources, including but not limited to electricity and energy conservation as well as biopolymers and biorefinery. In addition, students will recieve a thorough overview of the political and economic aspects, management and marketing of biogenic resources. The final semester is dedicated to the bachelor’s thesis required of every student.

Master degree programs (M. Sc.)

1. Renewable Resources

The interdisciplinary master’s program in Renewable Resources expands upon and advances students’ existing knowledge of the natural, life, and engineering sciences. It covers the entire value chain as regards renewable resources, from plant breeding and cultivation, through harvesting and the use of crops for the purposes of energy and as raw materials, to marketing. Throughout, the central focus is on economic as well as ecological aspects.

Students can choose one of four available specialties. The specialties on offer are cultivation systems for renewable resources, the chemical and material use of renewable resources, the use of renewable resources for generating energy, and the economics of renewable resources. Students also have the opportunity to combine two of these areas.

Graduates are familiar with all of the central aspects of the value creation process relating to renewable resources. They think in an interdisciplinary manner and use methods from various disciplines in order to meet the complex challenges in their discipline. Thanks to the strong practical orientation of the vocational education and training, they are able to apply their knowledge of the discipline and its methodologies efficiently and in a goal-oriented manner.

The full time study consists of required modules, adaptation modules, and required elective modules. This allows the individual a high degree of free choice when developing their specialization within the discipline. Adaptation modules enable students with different academic backgrounds to attain a comparable level of knowledge. The required modules provide them with fundamental knowledge of the discipline and its methods. The required elective modules are devoted to discipline-specific content in the chosen specialties. These are accompanied by project work. The degree concludes with the master‘s thesis.

2. Biomass Technology

The full time master’s program in Biomass Technology is a joint international degree program (Joint Degree) with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna. It offers the possibility of a broad education in the field of biomass production and utilization – from the sustainable production of renewable raw materials to the technological utilization of biomass.

The interdisciplinary degree program conveys the basic and scientific contents of the relevant chemical, material and energetic technologies for the processing and utilization of biomass. In addition, economic issues as well as environmental and sustainability aspects for the production and the utilization of biomass are also dealt with.

University of Queensland

Bachelor degree programs (B.Biotech (hons))

The University of Queensland has research strengths, institutes and industry alliances in all fields of biotechnology. Drawing on these strengths, the Bachelor of Biotechnology (honours) program at the University of Queensland offers eight majors including Chemical Biotechnology and Bioprocess technology. The other majors are bioinformatics, drug design and development, microbial biotechnology, molecular biotechnology, nanotechnology and plant biotechnology. The elective courses within each major are devoted to discipline specific content for the chosen major. A dual major in Innovation Management (offered in collaboration with the School of Business) can be taken with any of the majors. A dual degree , Bachelor of Biotechnology (hons)/Bachelor of Engineering (hons) is also available in the bioprocess technology major. All of the majors retain strong core training in the core disciplines of chemistry and molecular biology, whilst exposing students to the commercial and intellectual property aspects of biotechnology, so vital to enabling the translation of biotechnology inventions to the community. In the fourth year of study students undertake a major, semi-independent biotechnology research project in a university, university institute (for example the Global Change Institute, or the Advanced water Management Centre) or with an industry partner. This equips them for a career in research or research and development in academia or in the world of commercial biotechnology. Students who complete the B.Biotech. (hons) achieve a full semester of credit towards a Master of Business (M.Bus.).

Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters degree programs in Biotechnology

A suite of postgraduate coursework programs is offered. If students possess a previous degree, they can directly enter a Master of Biotechnology program, or, alternatively, they can start with a Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology (one semester) or Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology (two semesters), with cumulative credit building towards a one and a half or two year (research extensive) Master of Biotechnology. Study consists of four compulsory courses (Biologics, Quality Systems Management, Business Planning in Biotechnology and Issues in Biotechnology), core training in technical skills such as molecular genetics, molecular biology and protein technology, with an option to take some business courses. All students in the Masters program undertake a major research project of at least one semester duration in any field of biotechnology, with an applied or industry focus. Students with a strong business and entrepreneurship focus can undertake a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, in the field of study of biotechnology. Progression to studies towards a higher degree (Doctor of Biotechnology or a Ph.D.) is possible.

Universidade Estadual Paulista

Graduate programs


Agricultural Microbiology Capes evaluation (2017 evaluation grade)

The Graduate Program in Agricultural Microbiology has four research fields: Biology, Biochemistry and Physiology of microorganisms; Microbial ecology; Genetics and molecular biology of microorganisms; Applied agricultural microbiology. The areas of focus and the research fields link this Program directly to the theme of Bioeconomy and to the project objectives, because developing bioeconomy is essential to preserve and rebuild the natural capital and improve the quality of life of a growing world population. The fields more specifically associated to the theme of this proposal are projects dealing with biotechnology, nanotechnology and food preservation. International partnerships are essential to raise the effectiveness and recognition of research and will contribute to the qualification of academics and students.


Agronomy Capes evaluation (2017 evaluation grade)

The Postgraduate Program in Agronomy „Production System“ is a highly consolidated course in the specialty of production systems. The Program operates in fields of research directly linked to Theme 3 „Bioeconomy and Energy, Water and Food Security“ and to the objectives of the internationalization project proposed here, as well as the general objectives of the UN’s sustainable development proposal for the planet. In this context, Graduates were trained to develop studies oriented by agroecological sustainability paradigms of the agroecosystem in its most diverse approaches: development of economically viable, ecologically balanced and socially adequate agricultural and livestock systems, contributing to the agroecological transition through rationalization and substitution of use of inputs. The internationalization of the Program is being consolidated, with ongoing projects, including a continuous program to stimulate sabbatic/seniors and post-doctoral internships to their academics, PDSE internship and PhD in co-tutorship to their students, event organization and scientific publications. The fields of research link this Program directly to the research theme for the development of agrarian sciences with emphasis in bioeconomy and energy, water and food security, and thus contribute to mitigate poverty and hunger in poor countries of these two continents. International partnerships are essential to raise the effectiveness and recognition of research and will contribute to the qualification of academics and students.


Agronomy (Agriculture) Capes evaluation (2017 evaluation grade)

The Graduate Program in Agronomy (Agriculture) has five research fields highly associated to this proposal: Ecophysiology and management of field crops in production systems; Weed Survey; Genetic Improvement of Field Crops; Production, Technology and Storage of Agricultural Products and Seeds; Water/Soil/Plant Relationships. The areas of focus and the research fields link this Program directly to the theme of Bioeconomy and to the project objectives, because developing bioeconomy is essential to preserve and rebuild the natural capital and improve the quality of life of a growing world population. Thus, the themes of the Program researches are aimed at the development of new options for farmers as for cropping systems, potential species and technologies for obtaining high yields of crops, with sustainability and reduced environmental impact. International partnerships are essential to raise the effectiveness and recognition of research and will contribute to the qualification of academics and students.


Agronomy (Agricultural Entomology) Capes evaluation (2017 evaluation grade)

The Postgraduate Program in Agronomy (Agricultural Entomology) aims to train professionals with a focus on programs of Biological Control and Integrated Pest Management. fields of research: Biological Control of Insects, Mites and Nematodes (Predators, Parasitoids and Entomopathogens); Chemical Control of Insects, Mites and Nematodes and Application Technology; Ecology, Behavior and Biology of Insects, Mites and Nematodes; Biotechnology and Plant Resistance to Insects, Mites and Nematodes; and Systematic and Morphology of Insects, Mites and Nematodes fit in five of the seven themes proposed in PrInt. Internationalization is already a reality in the Program. With agreements with different international institutions, PrInt will be an excellent action to boost this international consolidation of the Program. The fields of research link this Program directly to the theme of Bioeconomy and to the project objectives, because developing bioeconomy is essential to preserve and rebuild the natural capital and improve the quality of life of a growing world population. International partnerships are essential to raise the effectiveness and recognition of research and will contribute to the qualification of academics and students.


Agronomy (Crop Production) Capes evaluation (2017 evaluation grade)

The Graduate Program in Agronomy (Crop Production) has eight research fields: Conservation and Management of Agroecosystems; Post-harvest Conservation and Quality of Plant Products; Physiology and Management of Cultures; Management and Control of Pests and Diseases; Weed Survey; Plant Nutrition and Fertilization; Obtaining, Evaluation and Identification of Cultivars; and Propagation of Plants by Seeds and Seedlings. These fields are highly associated with the proposal which addresses the sustainable production of food. The areas of focus and the research fields link this Program directly to the theme of Bioeconomy and to the project objectives, because developing bioeconomy is essential to preserve and rebuild the natural capital and improve the quality of life of a growing world population. International partnerships are essential to raise the effectiveness and recognition of research and will contribute to the qualification of academics and students.


Agronomy (Horticulture) Capes evaluation (2017 evaluation grade)

The Postgraduate Program in Agronomy (Horticulture) presents three fields of research: Botany, ethnobotany and phytochemistry of vegetable plants; Physiology, biochemistry and postharvest of vegetable plants; Production systems of vegetable plants. The fields of research and projects link this Program directly to „Bioeconomy and energy, water nad food security“, as well as to the goals of sustainable development of the UN. International partnerships are essential to raise the effectiveness and recognition of research and will contribute to the qualification of academics and students.


Agronomy (Irrigation and Drainage) Capes evaluation (2017 evaluation grade)

The Graduate Program in Agronomy (Irrigation and Drainage) has the fundamental objective of training professionals to act in teaching and research in the field of Irrigation and Drainage. Graduate students are given a solid basic training and provided with advanced courses consistent with the research fields of the Program, which are: Irrigation Management; Irrigation Engineering; Agricultural Drainage; Chemigation; Water Reuse in Agriculture; Monitoring of Agrometeorological Parameters; and Geoprocessing Applied to Irrigation and Drainage. These research fields combine fundamental themes of Irrigation and Drainage and cutting edge themes, being fully leveraged by the performance of permanent academics. Program research fields are associated with the bioeconomy and circular economy, water sustainability and energy sustainability objectives. International partnerships are essential to raise the effectiveness and recognition of research and will contribute to the qualification of academics and students.


Agronomy (Plant Protection) Capes evaluation (2017 evaluation grade)

The Graduate Program in Agronomy (Plant Protection), has three research fields: Identification, characterization and variability of arthropods, microorganisms, and weeds; Biology, Physiology and Ecology of arthropods, microorganisms, and weeds; Management of diseases, pests and weeds are associated with this proposal, which aims to train human resources and develop technologies for the sustainable production of food. International partnerships in areas such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, genetic improvement, biological control, modeling, digital agriculture, control methods, integrated management, application technology and rational use of pesticides, diagnosis tools and resistance to pests, diseases and weeds shall contribute to the qualification of academics and students, as well as for more effective researchers to contribute to the sustainable food production and food security.


Aquaculture Capes evaluation (2017 evaluation grade)

The Graduate Program in Aquaculture is based in Jaboticabal’s campus and relies on the participation of highly qualified academics, linked to following University Units: Registro Campus; School of Sciences – Bauru; School of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences – Jaboticabal; School of Agronomic Sciences – Botucatu; Biosciences Institute – Botucatu; Biosciences Institute – Rio Claro; Biosciences Institute of Litoral Paulista campus – São Vicente; Institute of Biosciences, Literature and Exact Sciences – São José do Rio Preto; Biosciences Institute – USP/University of São Paulo; Institute of Fishery in São Paulo and São José do Rio Preto; and University of Santo Amaro. The Program research fields are associated with the theme of bioeconomy and energy, water and food sustainability: Production of Aquatic Organisms; Food and Nutrition of Aquatic Organisms; Biology of Aquatic Organisms with Potential for Aquaculture; Biology and Management of Natural Aquatic Ecosystems; Pathology of Aquatic Organisms. International partnerships are essential to raise the effectiveness and recognition of research and will contribute to the qualification of academics and students.


Biosciences Capes evaluation (2017 evaluation grade)

The Postgraduate Program in Biosciences (Genetics) underwent a restructuring. Areas of focus were adjusted to better represent the diversity of the fields of research of the program and a new area focused on current scientific subjects was created. The area of focus of Genetics and Evolutionary Biology, subdivided into Genetic, Evolution and Biodiversity, and Human and Molecular Genetics, represent the strong tradition of the old Programs in Genetics; the new area of Structural and Functional Biology reflects the progress the Program has made in various areas of biological knowledge due to its fields of research in Biology of Reproduction and Endocrine Disruption, and Inflammation, Tumorigenesis and Tissue Repair. These topics make the new Biosciences Program a perfect fit for the associated themes and objectives of Unesp in relation to the PrInt project, mainly on the theme of Bioeconomy. In addition to that and because of this diversity, international collaborations with researchers from various countries in Europe, North and South America and Oceania have certainly contributed to the continuous improvement of the evaluation of the Program over the triennial/quadrennial, and also have positioned it in a strategic way to participate of this project.


Biotechnology Capes evaluation (2017 evaluation grade)

The Graduate Program in Biotechnology is based on an interdisciplinary principle, consisting of academics of different units of Unesp and other universities nearby (multicampi), with diversified qualifications, especially chemists, biologists, physicists, pharmacists, physicians, agronomists, biomedical scientists and engineers, with the goal of making greater use of human resources, optimizing existing physical resources and expanding the interdisciplinary training capacity in the Biotechnology area. Within its five major research areas (Biotechnology Applied to Health, Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology, Biomaterials, Enzymes Biotechnology, and Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology), Food Security is integrally inserted, mainly with respect to preservation and conservation of food, sustainable food production, nanotechnology applied to food, among others, where it seeks to exploit the knowledge applied to Brazilian biodiversity, promoting the technological innovation of high value added for the country. The areas of focus and the research fields link this Program directly to the theme of Bioeconomy and to the project objectives, because developing bioeconomy is essential to preserve and rebuild the natural capital and improve the quality of life of a growing world population. International partnerships are essential to raise the effectiveness and recognition of research and will contribute to the qualification of academics and students.


Cartographic Sciences Capes evaluation (2017 evaluation grade)

The Graduate Program in Cartographic Sciences has three research fields: Positioning and Geodetic Remote Sensing, Image Computation, Cartography and Remote Sensing. The areas of focus and the research fields link this Program directly to the theme of Bioeconomy and to the project objectives, because developing bioeconomy is essential to preserve and rebuild the natural capital and improve the quality of life of a growing world population. It is important to emphasize that there are several technologies that allow obtaining low-cost images and spatial, temporal and spectral resolutions that enable developing effective diagnostic tools and support to the decisions necessary for sustainable agricultural production. However, obtaining reliable and useful results depends on a complex set of techniques and very specialized human resources, not yet found in Brazil. International partnerships are needed to develop technologies and procedures for image orientation, processing of high resolution hyperspectral images, and classification approaches based on machine learning, processing of terrestrial platform positioning data and integration of results. The faculty of the program already cooperates with researchers from Finland, with the theme of biodiversity monitoring.


Computer Science Capes evaluation (2017 evaluation grade)

The Graduate Program in Computer Science is a young InterUnit Program. The Program has an area of focus called Applied Computing, with three research fields: (i) Computer Systems, (ii) Information Systems, and (iii) Computer Intelligence. The area of focus and the fields of research link this Program directly to the theme of Bioeconomy and to the project objectives, because developing bioeconomy is essential to preserve and rebuild the natural capital and improve the quality of life of a growing world population. International partnerships are essential to raise the effectiveness and recognition of research and will contribute to the qualification of academics and students.


Forest Science Capes evaluation (2017 evaluation grade)

The Graduate Program in Forest Science aims to link the theory and practice of the various areas covered by the Program through detailed and deep scientific research, allowing research to be carried out in all fields of Forest Engineering, involving relevant aspects of the present time, in the fields of environmental sciences, forestry of native and exotic species, management of natural and planted forests, technology of forest products and aspects related to the economy and politics of forest resources in the country. It has as research fields: Conservation of natural resources, Forestry and forest genetics, Forest products technology, and Forest protection. Forestation is fundamental to preserve the environment, produce ecosystem services and biomass that can be used for a wide range of purposes, particularly wood, coal and bioenergy production. The fields of research of the Program are associated with the objectives that deal with bioeconomy and circular economy, water sustainability and energy sustainability. International partnerships are essential to raise the effectiveness and recognition of research and will contribute to the qualification of academics and students.


Genetics and Animal Breeding Capes evaluation (2017 evaluation grade)

The Graduate Program in Genetics and Animal Breeding is inserted in agriculture with a strategic role in the Brazilian economy, demanding professionals who can act in areas of genetics and animal breeding. The areas of focus and the fields of research link this Program directly to the theme of Bioeconomy and to the project objectives, because developing bioeconomy is essential to preserve and rebuild the natural capital and improve the quality of life of a growing world population. In addition, new challenges have emerged in the light of the advances in the area of molecular genetics and its reflections in the genetic improvement of domestic animals and conservation genetics. The genetic improvement allows the animal to express its full potential of production, based on Food Security. International partnerships are essential to raise the effectiveness and recognition of research and will contribute to the qualification of academics and students.


Production Engineering Capes evaluation (2017 evaluation grade)

The Postgraduate Program in Production Engineering has as fields of research: Operations Management; Operational Research and Analysis Methods of Productive Systems; Sustainability and Productive Systems. The areas of focus and the fields of research link this Program directly to the theme of Bioeconomy and to the project objectives, because developing bioeconomy is essential to preserve and rebuild the natural capital and improve the quality of life of a growing world population. The research proposal in „Principles of environmental sustainability, circular economy and product portfolio management“ stands out. International partnerships are essential to raise the effectiveness and recognition of research and will contribute to the qualification of academics and students.


Veterinary Medicine Capes evaluation (2017 evaluation grade)

The Graduate Program in Veterinary Medicine has two areas of focus, Veterinary Clinic and Animal Health, Veterinary Public Health and Food Security, unfolding in several fields of research: Clinical diseases of domestic animals, parasitic diseases; Veterinary clinical pathology; Veterinary pathology; Clinical problems of livestock; Veterinary toxicology; Science and technology of animal products; Infectious diseases; Applied veterinary microbiology; and Veterinary public health. The areas of focus and the research fields link this Program directly to the theme of Bioeconomy and to the project objectives, because developing bioeconomy is essential to preserve and rebuild the natural capital and improve the quality of life of a growing world population. International partnerships are essential to raise the effectiveness and recognition of research and will contribute to the qualification of academics and students.


Zootechnics Capes evaluation (2017 evaluation grade)

The Graduate Program in Zootechnics is characterized by a solid foundation in Animal Science, with a focus on animal production process, with nutrition and animal health interface, principles of animal welfare, environmental conservation and sustainability. The scientific projects includes the following areas of Animal Science: Food Evaluation and Product Quality; Animal Performance and Sustainability; Nutritional Requirements of Ruminant and Non-ruminant Animals; Production and Conservation of Forage Plants for Animal Feeding, Domestic Animals Welfare; Biology of Animal Development; Breeding, Management of Animals, Production Management; Ethology Applied to Domestic Animals, Domestic Animals Improvement, Metabolism and Animal Physiology. The Food Security theme is a guideline considering the food used for animal production and zootechnical products produced for human consumption. This scene portrays the performance of Zootechnics in the National Agribusiness. It has as main research fields: Biology of animal development; Metabolism and animal physiology; Domestic animals welfare; Ethology applied to domestic animals; Genetics and animal improvement; Animal food evaluation; Nutritional requirements of animals; Breeding, management of animals and production management; and Forage plants, production, management and conservation. The research fields are associated with the theme and objectives of this proposal.