VITAGLOBAL- A Global Network for Agricultural Sciences and Viniviticulture

Third Mission Projects; North Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa; Central and South America

VitaGlobal brings together university partners and networks from diverse regions (Europe, Georgia, South America and South Africa) interested in contributing to local development by building joint study programmes in agricultural science and, specifically, vitiviniculture, which are of strategic economic importance to their countries and regions. The Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, participates in the project through its Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences.

The project will build capacity to develop joint programmes in vitiviniculture and oenology at the masters level, which is seen as a means to internationalise and integrate curricula, widen mobility opportunities for students and staff and ultimately internationalise the university contribution to local development. Work groups looking at specific expertise from each partner in the viticulture sector will develop study modules, in collaboration with local industry partners, which will be piloted in existing programmes of partner universities.

Multi-lateral knowledge transfer and training events will be provided to teaching and administrative staff of partner universities, to generate teaching and administrative capacity in joint programmes. A diverse international network of higher education institutions with a common interest to contribute to local development and a shared commitment to agri-science, vitiviniculture and oenology will be an outcome, which will sustain collaborative activities after the project.