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Skills and knowledge expected by MSc students and professionals in animal sciences


With the collaboration of the students of the training education Science and Engineering in Animal Production. The young generation wants to play an active role in climate change mitigation and adaptation. They expect adjustments in their education and training. However, the question is what to change? How? Do the students and professionals have similar expectations about training and skills to develop? A survey on students’ and professionals’ opinions was performed in Jan. 2021 by 17 MSc students involved in animal sciences at the Institut Agro, a high education institution in agricultural sciences in France. A total of 141 professionals in animal sciences (from 6 mo. to 40 yr. after graduation), 142 students from the Institut Agro (BSc, MSc), and 170 undergraduate students intending to candidate to such curriculum (A level, higher national diploma, undergraduate intensive preparatory course) completed an online survey. The survey focussed on: expectations and feedback about the format and content of the training programme; skills required for an MSc student and optimal professional integration. One third of the students from the Institut Agro and the young professionals emphasized the importance of interdisciplinarity, good theoretical knowledge, methodology and soft skills developed during their training. Animal sciences is be attractive to undergraduate students (33%) particularly in the fields related to current agricultural issues such as animal health and welfare, environment and communication. Work-linked training (55% of the Institut Agro’s students), limited filed work or knowledge about the business world were the main shortcomings identified. Professional recruiters look mainly for: soft skills (57%) such as learning desire, interpersonal skills; methodology (43%) like organisation, information research; basic farm knowledge (40%); and teamwork (13%). Those skills mainly matched the ones wanted by the students and currently developed at the Institut Agro. This survey showed the high determination of students to be involved in their training, their willingness to take initiatives, and to link their education to the current and future agricultural issues and the demands of the professional sector.
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hal-03413021 , version 1 (03-11-2021)


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C. Schreck, Yannick Le Cozler, Jocelyne Guinard-Flament, Lucile Montagne, Séverine Parois. Skills and knowledge expected by MSc students and professionals in animal sciences. 72. Annual meeting of the european federation of animal science (EAAP), EAAP, Aug 2021, Davos, Switzerland. pp.626. ⟨hal-03413021⟩
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