Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle – ULS
Beauvais – France
Year 1 & Year 2
Universitat Politècnica de València – UPV
Valencia – Spain
Szent István University – SZIU
Gödöllö – Hungary
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna – BOKU
Vienna – Austria
The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences – SLU
Uppsala – Sweden
University of Milano – UMIL
Milano – Italy
emPLANT+ is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Plant Breeding organized by a consortium of six Universities and Graduate Schools across Europe :
- Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle, France (ULS)
- Szent István University, Hungary (SZIU)
- Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden (SLU)
- University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences – Vienna, Austria (BOKU)
- Università Degli Studi di Milano, Italy (UMIL)
- Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain (UPV)
The map shows the location of each university.
UniLaSalle is the coordinating institution of the emPLANT+ Consortium.
All these universities are highly qualified and experienced in the field of plant breeding, plant biology, seed technology and biotechnology and in teaching courses related to it. In addition they have strong links with the professionals of the seed industry and agricultural organizations in Europe and in the world as proved by the many associated partners of the emPLANT+ project.
A little bit of History
The lack of comprehensive international multi-disciplinary MSc programmes in Plant Breeding is the reason why a network of top-notch Higher Education Institutions in plant breeding in Europe have decided in 2015 to found the European Plant Breeding College via an Erasmus + Strategic Partnership so as to create a knowledge hub in the field of plant breeding to further improve the employability of their Master students, exchange and implement innovative teaching methods, share best practices, initiate a dialogue with the seed industry on the skill sets of future plant breeders and develop joint curricula in the field of education in plant breeding on Master level.
Based on this experience and on several years of preparatory work, this group has come together to create an Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Plant Breeding named emPLANT. This Master’s Degree emPLANT runs from 2018 to 2022 and has trained 3 intakes of future plant breeders.
To follow with the success of emPLANT and to always improve the curriculum of the Master program, a new group has pursued the work in creating emPLANT+. This Erasmus Mundus Master Program is funded by the European Commission from 2020 to 2026 and aims to train 4 intakes of students in the field of plant breeding, plant biology, biotechnology, seed technology, etc…