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Our Mission

1. Aims
2. Personality Development
3. Organisation
4. Professional Careers

1. Aims

Our students gain theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills from state-of-the-art level scientific debate, which enables them to perform activities in leadership positions and sophisticated scientific work on economic questions in the agri-food-sector.
Through encouragement of holistic thinking throughout the whole value chain, from farmer to consumer and from local to global scale, we give our graduates a good start into their lives as professionals. The diversity of potential employers in agribusiness, the food industry, NGOs, public authorities as well as public and private research institutes open up possibilities for strong personal development.

The international orientation of the AFECO-Master assures appeal for students from all over the world and guarantees an international learning atmosphere and two Double-Degree-Programs support the development of our students to meet the requirements of the international labor market.

It is our self-conception to contribute to the strong research-orientation of the University of Bonn. This also enables us to stick to very high didactical standards in teaching. We further provide the opportunity and encourage Students to actively take part in research projects of the institute. The attractive and research-related AFECO study program gives an advantage to students when starting their professional career, as it is correlated with the outstanding scientific reputation of the professors of our institute. The active learning process through taking part in research projects is our silver bullet to qualify scientific and societal elites.

2. Personality Development

Through adequate teaching formats we encourage the development of problem-solving competence and skills needed for individual and team-oriented scientific work. This is further amplified via conduction of presentations as well as exams in oral or written format.

We want to support individual profiling and the development of professional maturity throughout the study program in order to guarantee purposeful, efficient and successful graduation. Our graduates are competent and willing to take responsibility both in society and their professional life as future executives and managers.

3. Organisation

The Institute for Food and Resource Economics (ILR) is responsible for the content and organization of the AFECO master program with most of the courses being instructed by staff members of the Institute.

We are an internationally cooperating institute with a strong profile in mathematical modelling, policy advice and food chain management. Our dense network of renowned agri-economic research institutes on the national and global level provides strategic benefits when it comes to competition on the international labor market by educating motivated and high-performing students. A sharpened profile is what we want to give to our students which is one of the advantages of the AFECO-Master’s program. Further, the good cooperation within our Institute results in a well-designed course program which guarantees exceptional teaching qualities.

4. Professional Careers

The skills gained in the master program in Agricultural and Food Economics prepare students for careers in numerous professional fields.


Last updated: Monday, July 31, 2017