No. 27 (2007)

Agricultural Biotechnology MSc. course and agriculture in the 21st century

Published November 15, 2007
László Heszky
Szent István Egyetem Mezőgazdaság- és Környezettudományi Kar, Genetika és Biotechnológiai Intézet, Gödöllő


Heszky, L. (2007). Agricultural Biotechnology MSc. course and agriculture in the 21st century. Acta Agraria Debreceniensis, (27), 208–214.

The establishment of an Agricultural Biotechnology MSc. course creates a new direction in Hungarian higher education. As an introduction, the article summarizes the main theoretical and practical possibilities and results of biotechnology which have necessitated launching the course. Subsequently, the preliminaries, aims and requirements of the Masters course are introduced. The main data of the agricultural MSc course at Szent István University in Gödöllő (Hungary) are the following: 4 semesters, 120 credits, 1200 contact hours, 4 weeks training in a biotech laboratory, 6 fundamental subjects, 8 basic subjects in biotechnology. Plant and animal biotechnology, are the two options for specialization and both have 10 separate professional subjects. The teaching staff consists of 34 teachers (93% of them have PhDs or higher scientific degrees) from 10 Departments of 3 Faculties of Szent István University.


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