Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania

Introduction

MAICh is the 4th constituent institute of CIHEAM, the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies, an Intergovernmental Organisation which was founded at the joint initiative of the OECD and the Council of Europe on 21 May 1962 under an agreement signed by the governments of seven southern European countries: France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and Yugoslavia.

The 1962 agreement establishing the Centre stipulates that CIHEAM's mission consists in "providing supplementary education (economic as well as technical) and developing a spirit of international cooperation among agricultural personnel in Mediterranean countries". According to article 15 of this agreement, every country on the Mediterranean rim is potentially eligible for membership of CIHEAM.

In the mid nineteen-eighties CIHEAM therefore began to open up to countries on the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean Basin. This initiative resulted in the accession of several new Member States: Tunisia (1985), Egypt and Algeria (1986), Malta (1989), Morocco (1991), Albania (1992) and Lebanon (1994).

CIHEAM

CIHEAM is made up of four Mediterranean Agronomic Institutes (MAIs), located in Bari (Italy), Chania (Greece), Montpellier (France) and Zaragoza (Spain), and a General Secretariat based in Paris.

Since 1986, and as the 4th constituent institute of CIHEAM , MAICh pursues its three main complementary missions through

  • post-graduate specialised education
  • networked research
  • facilitation of regional debate
  • with focus in the fields of Business Economics and Management, Geoinformation in Environmental Management, Horticultural Genetics and Biotechnology, Food Quality and Chemistry of Natural Products, Sustainable Agriculture, and has established itself as an authority in Mediterranean agriculture, Food and Rural Development.
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MSc

MSc in Business Economics and Management

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Greece Crete

Current global economic trends focus intensely on teaching correct management practices and getting business students to think creatively about the important international economic issues of our time. [+]

Current global economic trends focus intensely on teaching correct management practices and getting business students to think creatively about the important international economic issues of our time. This has formed the basis for a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree on Business Economics and Management (2012-2013). MAICh's hallmark is the quality of teaching staff who are faculty members in renowned universities in the EU, Canada, and the USA. The programme of Business Economics and Management plays an active role in assisting its graduates to pursue PhD studies with full scholarships. Many former students are currently pursuing academic careers at well-known universities. M.Sc. graduates also constitute suitable employees in teaching, research institutions, government and international agencies, management companies, aid programs, local authorities and as consultants in the private sector. ... [-]


MSc in Food Quality and Chemistry of Natural Products

Campus Full time September 2017 Greece Crete

Increasing concern over issues on food and uses of natural products in the Mediterranean area have formed the basis for a Master’s of Science (M.Sc.) degree on “Food Quality and Chemistry of Natural Products”. [+]

Increasing concern over issues on food and uses of natural products in the Mediterranean area have formed the basis for a Master’s of Science (M.Sc.) degree on “Food Quality and Chemistry of Natural Products”. The programme is chemistry oriented and aims at the specialisation of students in Food Quality concepts, Food Authenticity, various aspects of Natural Product Chemistry and at the valorisation of Agrifood Renewable Sources for added value products. The postgraduate programme promotes expertise on quality control and various natural product applications as well as on high technology up-to-date laboratory instrumentation of analytical and preparative scope. The attainment of the M.Sc. degree qualifies them to successfully continue their doctorate studies and/or pursue an expert’s career in both the public and private sector. Objectives - to impart advanced knowledge in the area of food chemical composition and food technology aspects. - to introduce indispensable notions of quality, authenticity and safety in all levels of production of food or other products. - to present current advances for the isolation, characterisation and application of natural products. - to provide laboratory experience in food and natural product analysis. Research activities Topics generally available for Master of Science theses: - antioxidants and methods for their evaluation; chemiluminescence in-house techniques - natural product isolation and structural identification - chemical fingerprinting as a tool for authentication - quality analyses of food products - synthesis of natural products - the exploitation of inexpensive renewable sources and agro industrial waste in view of obtaining added value products [-]

MSc in Geoinformation in Environmental Management

Campus Full time September 2017 Greece Crete

The programme of Geoinformation in Environmental Management focuses on the ever growing demand for highly specialized and effectively educated scientists to tackle significant environmental issues in today’s natural environment, agro-environmental issues and land use functions. [+]

Aims

The programme of Geoinformation in Environmental Management focuses on the ever growing demand for highly specialized and effectively educated scientists to tackle significant environmental issues in today’s natural environment, agro-environmental issues and land use functions. Graduates, professionals and specialists from the Mediterranean and Balkan region majoring in a compatible discipline and background knowledge on Environmental issues have the opportunity to specialize on (a) Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing, their application to Environmental Management and other problems related to Environment, (b) Utilization of quantitative and decision support tools to strategic and environmental impact assessment within the environmental policy and legislative framework of the European Union. The attainment of the M.Sc. degree qualifies them with in depth academic knowledge and practical skills in Environmental Management, which enable a successful continuation of their doctorate studies and/or pursue of an international career in both the public and private sector. ... [-]


MSc in Sustainable Agriculture

Campus Full time September 2017 Greece Crete

Increasing concern over environmental, biodiversity and food safety issues in the Mediterranean area, have formed the basis for a Masters of Science (M.Sc.) degree. [+]

Increasing concern over environmental, biodiversity and food safety issues in the Mediterranean area, have formed the basis for a Masters of Science (M.Sc.) degree. Sustainable Agriculture promotes the principles of a viable agro-ecosystem with natural living systems that operate compatibly through responsible management of abiotic and biotic resources and it is particularly sensitive to environmental pollution and waste. The postgraduate program enables the graduates to understand the theoretical background of sustainable agriculture and familiarize with integrated crop management and organic farming applications, capabilities and limitations. M.Sc. graduates constitute suitable employees in farmer advice/extension, teaching, research institutions, government and international agencies, management companies, aid programs, local authorities and as consultants in the private sector. Other graduates carry on pursuing further research for a PhD degree. ... [-]