Graduates of the Class of 2021 will have the opportunity to conduct their internship abroad at prestigious universities with which Zamorano has agreements in such countries as the United States, Italy, Colombia, Spain, Bolivia, Peru, United Kingdom, Dominican Republic, and Thailand.
Young people from seven Latin American countries are enrolled in this second promotion of Zamorano’s Master of Science in Sustainable Tropical Agriculture (MATS) program that promotes applied science. Its purpose is to train professionals with a high level of technical-scientific skills and environmental responsibility, who contribute to sustainable development and the solution of problems in Latin American agriculture.
For two years, the master’s degree students will be trained through a program of research, innovation and agricultural linkage, which includes 30 weeks of courses at Zamorano in the first academic year and 15 weeks in the second year, the latter possibly at a foreign institution in accordance with the design of international internships. The second year is divided between the completion of mandatory and optional courses and the research project.
Dr. Carolina Avellaneda, an expert in plant health and master’s degree professor, indicated that in her specialty, students are advised on research projects that have a phytopathological component, since this discipline is very important for the sustainability of crops. Likewise, research related to the factor of climate change in the incidence of diseases in different crops is contemplated.
“The plant protection class deals with such aspects as treatment related to emerging and quarantine diseases and quarantine diseases. The objective is for the student to have available the analytical tool and the capacity to evaluate if the host is presenting itself as very susceptible to the disease, or if the pathogen is very aggressive in high concentrations, or if the environment is really the influencing factor”, she added.
Ana Vera, a student from Ecuador, said that what most influenced her decision to study MATS at Zamorano was the combination of theory and practice, which she hopes will improve her skills and competencies that will allow her to modify agricultural systems for more sustainable agriculture to confront climate change.
Marvin Gómez, a Honduran master’s student, said that he intends to strengthen his skills and knowledge to continue promoting research in Honduras and take advantage of the platform provided by Zamorano to learn from different disciplines. “I have worked a lot, my expectation is to deepen my knowledge and take advantage of Zamorano’s links and connections with international universities and research centers that allow me to develop my capacities,” he added.
Once the master’s degree students have finished their graduate studies, they will have completed 23 courses and obtained 52 academic credits, submitting the results of an approved thesis to scientific journals for publication.