International training programs

Le Master Food Identity

(Erasmus Mundus)

A 4-semester course

  • The course is taught in 5 European countries
  • Taught in 2 languages (French and English) but you keep the possibility to answer the tests in English during the semesters in France.
  • 1 Study trip of 3 weeks + visits of regional food companies
  • 6/8-months of professional project (work placement) in a company
  • 120 ECTS (European Credit transfer system) required.


A complete view of the typical food products:

1- A comprehensive curriculum of the Typical Food: «from soil and human community to terroir»
How factors like soil, climate, cultural or technologic know-how and the whole socio-ecological context participate to the construction of the specificity of the typical food products ?

2- Characterisation of the specificity of the typical food products
How to demonstrate the authenticity of the quality of the typical food products by reliable analysis and how to control and authentifiy its quality (by physical and chemical analysis, sensory and nutritional tools) ?

3- Development, apreciation and marketing of typical food products in the global market
How to value such products and how to construct a product differenciation beside the consumers ?(different strategies from a country to another one: quality label, marketing, communication), how to market these products ? (international laws for trading,  international regulations and policies, distribution networks, the market participants and their organisation).

Biohealth computing

(Erasmus Mundus)

Growing barriers between clinical and basic research, along with the ever increasing complexities involved in conducting health research, are making it more and more difficult to translate new knowledge to the bedside – and back again to the bench. Considering that a broad re-engineering effort is needed to catalyze worldwide innovation in Clinical and Life Sciences, the BioHealth Computing Consortium (BioHC Consortium) is linking together Public Universities, University Hospitals, Bioindustry Parks and Private Companies, to speed laboratory discoveries into solutions for patients. This unique network of European organizations distributed over 13 centers located in Europe and Asia aims to enhance the efficiency and quality of clinical and translational innovation by transforming the research and training environment in the field of public health. For this purpose, the BioHC Consortium is proposing: (i) a one year Master Courses programme; and (ii) a 3-4 years Ph.D. programme.

A highly selective Master Courses. The BioHC Master Courses is open to well motivated students who have completed one year MSc course (240 ECTS), or equivalent degree in the fields of: Clinical Research, Nano/Molecular Biotechnology, Environmental & Animal Health, and Computational Mathematics. The BioHC Master Courses programme is organized in 2 semesters followed at two different Partner Universities, that will be both in charge of awarding credits (30:30 ECTS), and two Master degrees. Each year, the courses start by a Summer School gathering all the students in the BioPark of Archamps-Genève Technopole. During the first semester, students take Advanced Courses in scientific fields depending on their scientific background. The second semester is dedicated to a seven months Joint Research Project.

A Joint Doctorate Programme. The BioHC Joint Doctorate is a 3-4 year PhD program open to well brilliant and motivated Doctoral candidates who have completed a MSc courses (or equivalent degree, 300 ECTS) in one of the previous fields of interest, and who have good knowledge in English (TOEFL / demonstrated competence). The BioHC Joint Doctorate meet the specifications of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate program (EMJD): (i) joint doctoral dissertation supervised by two Principal Investigators from two Partner Institutions; (ii) involving a mobility path between at least the two Partner Institutions; (iii) and giving rise to double degree after defense at one of the two universities of attachment, according to the national regulations for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation. Participating Doctoral candidates have to choose from a broad selection of research topics and participate in cutting edge research. Doctoral candidates are required to act as investigating fellows in at least one company. We recommend that Doctoral candidates complete this requirement by the end of their second year if possible.

GAVA : Governance for Sustainable Development

(Erasmus Curricula)

Since the end of 2010, VetAgro Sup has been participating to the European project GAVA, financed by the European commission.

The aim of the project was the preparation of common curricula by the consortium of 5 partners (Higher Education Institutions in the EU) for the master and PhD degree studying program entitled: Governance for Sustainable Development. After the financial crisis it is needed (much more than before) to form a strategy to comprehensively address long-term issues and lead the economy of every country to stable, balanced and sustainable growth.

New sources of growth will have to be supported by investments in infrastructure, innovation and education to facilitate productivity growth, while ensuring sustainable use of resources in a greener economy, within a context of open markets. It is also the strong requirement addressed to higher education in the area of teaching young generation and adults the rules of good governance for achieving sustainable development goals. Achieving economic and social stability as a global public good requires better governance especially in developing and transition economies. Common principles and standards on propriety, integrity and transparency governing the conduct of international business and finance help promote a healthy and sustainable economic system. The social dimension of growth is also crucial in this effort, through the promotion of employment opportunities, the creation and updating of skills and the protection of the weakest through appropriate social safety nets and income support. It is necessary also to strengthen action against corruption, which poses serious problems to the stability and security of societies. GAVA project consortium work focused on

6 main pillars :

  1. Political Stability and Regulatory Quality
  2. Governance Effectiveness
  3. Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection
  4. Social Policy and Better Security
  5. Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Public Health
  6. Anti-corruption and Legal Aspects of Sustainable Development

Sustainable farming systems

International Master’s degree program

Within the framework of a partnership with the agricultural faculty of the Turin’s university, a joint master’s degree (Sustainable farming systems) has been implemented within the past 4 years. This training expects to federate more universities and obtain the Erasmus Mundus label. The main goal of this training is to give students the skills to understand and evaluate different plant production systems, taking into account the issues they are dealing with. This master’s degree is coordinates by Nathalie Vassal from the Agronomy and Space Department. Students from both universities attend two joint semesters in English, the first one at VetAgro Sup and the second one at the University of Turin. The INRA’s UREP 874 unit (grasslands ecosystems research unit) has been actively involved in the training through the “Multifunctionality of grasslands ecosystems” module and the follow-up of a period of research at the end of the semester. The bilingual curriculum, implemented by VetAgro Sup during semester 8, is intended to be strengthened and opened to English speaking students.