The International University of Andalusia (UNIA) has now held thirteen editions of this Master’s program. After thirteen editions, it has provided specialized, quality training to 350 students from 97 countries.
Objectives of the program
The general objective of the program is to provide high quality, specialized training on the scientific bases, techniques, and instruments that enable CITES implementation and development, in order to strengthen the fight against illegal trade, particularly in those countries of origin where animals and plants are subject to international trade.
The specific objectives are to provide specialized training on:
The concept of biodiversity at all organizational levels, particularly at population, species, and ecosystem levels.
Scientific bases and methodologies for identifying and solving problems that hinder the proper implementation of CITES.
Administrative, legislative, and enforcement aspects of CITES implementation.
Biological and trade-related criteria for listing species in CITES.
Population survey techniques. Population biology, conservation, and management of CITES-listed fauna and flora. In situ and ex situ conservation methods.
Application of geographic information systems and spatial data to the study of the current and potential distribution of species and assessment of habitat suitability.
Wildlife recovery plans and sustainable management programs.
Analyses for making non-detriment findings for CITES-listed species.
Analyses and procedures for the CITES Significant Trade Review.
Techniques for identification and control of CITES-listed species and specimens.
Duration and academic structure
The Master’s Degree consists of 60 ECTS* (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits. The program is structured as follows:
A. On-campus period from 18th April to 1st July 2022 (presence required) related to the contents of eleven subjects (clustered into 3 sections). Subjects 3, 4, and 11 will be given in English and Spanish with simultaneous interpretation. If external funding is not available, the rest of the subjects will be given only in English.
B. Research period (presence not required), in which students will perform research tasks in preparation for the final Master’s Thesis.
On-campus credits: 44 ECTS credits will be taught at the Antonio Machado Site of the International University of Andalusia for 11 weeks from Monday to Friday, in morning and afternoon sessions. Monitoring and assessment will consist of weekly individual and/or group tests on the covered contents.
Virtual period: from 1st February to 25th July 2022. The UNIA Virtual Platform will provide a further learning experience and various practical activities on the course content.
Research period: 16 ECTS credits will be given for supervised research activities leading to the presentation of a Master´s Thesis. To obtain the Master’s Degree issued by the International University of Andalusia, participants must first pass the on-campus period and subsequently prepare and submit a Master’s Thesis. The thesis must be completed and approved within the deadlines set by the University (1 October 2022-first call or 1 April 2023 final call). Students who fail to meet this requirement must register and pay again for the 16 research credits in the next edition of the Master’s program.
Module 1: Economic and institutional environment. Organization, government, and development of strategies of agri-food cooperatives (9 ECTS credits).
Module 2: Accounting, tax, and financial management in cooperative societies (6 ECTS credits).
Module 3: Value chain and production management (4 ECTS credits).
Module 4: The marketing strategy (11 ECTS credits).
Module 5: Digitization and online business (9 ECTS credits).
Module 6: Talent and experience management (6 ECTS credits, 5 face-to-face, and 1 virtual).
Final Work: 15 credits, which can be developed following two itineraries: