University of Queensland: Exceptional opportunities in Agriculture
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University of Queensland: Exceptional opportunities in Agriculture

Experts predict that by 2050, the global population will have swelled to 2.3 billion. Worldwide food and fibre production must increase by 70 percent to accommodate the growth, or our internationally-connected economy will be unable to serve the needs of a considerably larger and wealthier population. But the current social, economic and environmental climate means there has never been a more exciting time to delve into the study of agriculture, and the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, is ready to meet the demands of this compelling, yet challenging, field.

Ranked number one in Australia for the quality of its agricultural programs, UQ’s School of Agriculture and Food Sciences delivers knowledge, expertise and cutting-edge research in a diverse range of agricultural disciplines, including agribusiness, food, plants, soils and animals.

By employing staff who are as respected as they are experienced, and offering unparalleled opportunities for students to engage with influential leaders of industry, the school is known to produce powerful graduates who stand as positive agents of change in a complex global market. Students here leave as confident and highly sought-after professionals, instilled with the ability to explore sustainable solutions to pressing global issues like climate change, food security, biosecurity and the protection of endangered species.

Studying Agriculture at UQ prepares students to go beyond traditional farming and be in-demand in the food, fibre and global farming industries. Modern agriculture combines scientific, technological, management, economic, environmental and social principles to sustainably feed the world.

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Build a rewarding career with a UQ degree in Agribusiness

Honing in on the business aspects of producing, processing, distributing and marketing food and fibre products on both a domestic and international scale, UQ’s agribusiness graduates look forward to extensive and enriching prospects long after they leave the institution – and what with there being five jobs for every agriculture graduate in Australia, paired with the fact that half of Australian agricultural positions are located in metropolitan regions, UQ is perfectly placed to help agriculture students excel. Here, students uncover the marketing, finance and general business strategies within the food and fibre sectors, engaging in lucrative activities like:

  • Primary production
  • Value adding through processing
  • Supplying of inputs
  • Transport, storage and logistics
  • Retailing and wholesaling
  • Provision of services like banking, finance, investment, insurance and technical advice

Through a hands-on approach to learning both in and outside the classroom setting, students are exposed to the most renowned agriculture managers in the business, learning from real-world, contemporary business practices and exposing graduates to a range of lucrative career opportunities.

Enter a comprehensive and globally-oriented Agribusiness program

Through programs at bachelor, masters and PhD levels  UQ’s School of Agriculture and Food Sciences is preparing students to shine in positions of management anywhere across the globe. The undergraduate Bachelor of Agribusiness can be taken as a stand-alone program or combined in a dual program with a specialist degree in Sustainable Agriculture, Veterinary Technology or Equine Science or Wildlife Science providing a breadth of skills for graduates.

By nurturing competent graduates who are intently market-focused, on top of being commercially-aware, innovative, internationally-oriented and technically-proficient, UQ students are globally-known as trailblazers of this dynamic field.

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Edith Kichamu. Image courtesy of the University of Queensland

“I chose [to study the] Masters of Agribusiness because I want to improve my professional skills in the value chain approach, especially as [it] relates to agricultural products and firms,” says Edith Kichamu, a UQ international student originally from Kenya.

“UQ is a world-class university with very good teaching facilities, the lecturers and students are very friendly and they strive to make a better you,” she adds. “…you will have the opportunity to interact with students and lecturers from different parts of the world which will be of benefit as you will get more insights [into] how the world operates.”

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