The MABS summer program will introduce students to the Mediterranean agribusiness environment focusing on the European Union (EU) as well as the culinary and cultural riches of Spain and will include Spanish lessons. It is a varied co-curricular program that reviews the main Mediterranean value chains -wine, olive oil, fruits and vegetables, seafood- with study trips to several cities in Spain, as well as visits to successful agro-food companies and activities in and around Zaragoza. This Study Abroad program will last 4 weeks with the possibility of staying an extra month to do an internship in a Spanish company.
This summer program is organized by the Mediterranean AgriBusiness School (MABS), an initiative run by IAMZ, one of the four Mediterranean Agronomic Institutes of the CIHEAM (International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies). The CIHEAM is an international intergovernmental organization –founded in 1962 at the joint initiative of the OECD and the Council of Europe. IAMZ is located on the Campus of Aula Dei, one of the largest and most prestigious agricultural science complexes in Spain.
Training is a core activity at IAMZ and our approach is international and multidisciplinary. Each year we welcome over 400 participants and 250 guest lecturers from around 80 countries. We offer short courses on cutting-edge scientific and technical issues targeted to professionals and MSc programs for graduates. We are also partners of excellence in training, collaborating with universities, companies and other international organizations (EEAP, EFSA, EU, FAO, ICARDA, IOC, OECD, UN, WTO, etc.) through research projects and networks to design and tailor courses and training activities according to the needs and objectives of our partners, but mainly to help them disseminate the outcome of their projects and network activities.
IAMZ has more than 40 years of solid experience in postgraduate training, scientific research and international cooperation and our areas of expertise are Plant Production, Animal Production, Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Food Science, Technology & Marketing.
At the IAMZ there is a unique environment which allows me to talk three to four different languages every day and the different backgrounds of students is a unique opportunity to exchange ideas ...the IAMZ gave us the opportunity to meet different professors from different institutions from all over the world and provided great support to studentsErica Fiume, BSc in Restaurant Management, Italy
Being here in Spain and having an education at IAMZ was one of the best decisions I've made in my life. At IAMZ we had an amazing international environment, coordinators were extremely helpful, professors provided very high quality education and we learnt a lot from each other's culture and we also started to build professional personalities through teamwork. I will always remember Spain with a big smile.Gökçe Akbalik, Chemical Engineer, Turkey
II really enjoyed Spain and Zaragoza, very warm and welcoming meetings with a very tight but very interesting schedule, with new professors, international groups, very high cultural exchange.Xenia Pascari, Food Technology Engineer, Moldova
I chose Spain for its excellent food economics and marketing courses because I believe it is a differential on the market and also because Zaragoza is a very pleasant city to live in.Isadora Martins Pontalti, BSc in Food Science and Technology, Brazil
High quality courses are held in a small class format that allows students to ask questions and interact with their professors and peers about the material they are learning. I have thoroughly enjoyed studying here and would recommend it to anyone interested in learning about agro-food systems.Laurie Matthews, Biomedical Science, Nutrition and Nutraceutical Science, Canada
The experience at IAMZ has been exceptional. The lectures were given by experts in marketing from top universities in U.S. and Europe. The people who work in the institute were always kind and helpful, they went out of their way to make our studies in Zaragoza an enjoyable experience.Yunwei LI, Veterinary, China
This year has been one of the most interesting years in my life. Spain is amazing, and Zaragoza especially is one of the most vibrant and welcoming cities. Study at IAMZ has been one of my best decisions as it has given me the possibility to work in an international environment. Apart from an extensive network of colleagues, at IAMZ I have found true friends who will be part of my life always.Jurgen Peci, Business Administration, Albania
Studying at IAMZ is my first study experience outside my home country. During this year was a great experience derived from direct contact with professors from all over the world which gave me a helpful insight on my professional life.The fact that IAMZ is a meeting point for students from different countries also made it a fulfilling experience on the personal level.Khalid Medani, Agronomist, Egypt
Accommodation for the Summer Program is within walking distance from the city center. There is a bus service between Zaragoza and MABS campus.