UTAS Agricultural Science: A cut above the rest!
Posted by Rodney Woods
Posted May 05, 2016
The Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural scholarships were awarded on Day 1 of Agfest.
All of the University of Tasmania’s agricultural graduates have found employment in the industry, according to Head of School Professor Holger Meinke.
Professor Meinke said this was because employers expect graduates to be flexible.
“Not all of the graduates are employed in Tasmania. Some are employed on the mainland and overseas,” he said.
The University of Tasmania is the only Australian university to receive the top rating in agriculture, land and farm management and horticultural production.
The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 National Report awarded the University of Tasmania the highest possible rating of 5 (well above world standard).
The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture scholarships were awarded to high achievers in the fields of Agricultural Science and Business today at Agfest.
Roberts Ltd Scholarship winner Georga Hoffo said that scholarship will support her bachelor degree.
Ms Hoffo was thrilled with the award and said this was where her career was heading.
“This degree has broad career opportunities and my partner’s family own a farm so this is where I am going to end up,” she said.
The univeristy is seeking to improve the number of students going through the agricultural studies program with a new two-year associate degree.
These degrees, which will run for 40 weeks rather than the usual 26, will improve the skills of students who wish to study at university, but who haven’t gone through the college system.
Professor Meinke said the participants of the associate degrees would have a lot of options at their disposal once they complete the program.
“They can go straight to industry and build their way up through the businesses they are employed in or they can decide to add even more to their qualifications,” he said.
Images: Annie Greene