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The course is organized as follows:
a) two four-month terms of contact lessons (September - January & February - May;
b) a subsequent internship lasting 250 hours.
During the first term the following subjects are covered:
- an in-depth analysis of the agro-food system, its actors and the horizontal relations among them, the institutions and organization regulating their operations;
- the principles of micro-economic and industrial organizational techniques needed for analyzing the market and an evaluation of competition in it;
- the principles of agro-food markets equilibrium, its effects on welfare distribution among market actors and price analysis according to time, space and quality dimensions;
- the basic tools for presenting and treating corporate statistics and for the quantitative analysis of economic sectors and markets;
- the bases of the enterprise system, with its social, institutional and competitive elements, and its conditions for economic, financial and assets equilibrium.
During the second term, the following areas are covered:
- the bases of strategic management for competitive advantage and leadership development;
- the bases of marketing management, with particular emphasis on the understanding expectations and behavior of intermediate and final consumers, and the role marketing in the development of an agro-food system;
- the analysis of characteristics and opportunities of logistics and supply chain management in food systems, with a focus on the management of goods and commodities distribution (transport and stock), in retail chains and modern distribution systems;
- an in-depth look at international commerce together with international finance, the relations between market structure and commerce, national and international policies and regulations;
- the elements of international marketing and the basic operational tools for the management of international transactions.
Attendance at lessons, didactic activity and the passing of all exams is compulsory for all courses. At the end of the Master's the students must pass a final exam which consists of discussing their internship project. The exam commission, made up of the director of the course and at least two other teachers of each of the subjects taught will give an overall evaluation of the student's level of preparation.The certification
At the end of the Master's course, the candidate will receive the title of first level University Master in International Agribusiness.Destinatari
The Master's course is aimed at graduates who have a first level degree or equivalent qualification, from any Italian or foreign university in any technical/scientific and/or economics subject, or with a study programme that meets the Commission's entrance requirements and that is in line with the Master's aims.
A basic knowledge of microeconomic basics on demand, supply, consumer, firm and costs (e.g. the comprehension of Chapters 1-7 of the text "P.A. Samuelson, W.D. Nordhaus, Economics, 17th edition") is a prerequisite for a fruitful participation to the Master program.
Given that all teaching is in English, the Test Of English as a Foreign Language" (TOEFL) is needed for admission, with a mark not less than 500 (for a Paper Based Test) or 173 (for a Computer Based Test). An equivalent cerfiticate of English Language may be used, if deemed acceptable by the Admissions Commission.