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Agribusiness and Rural Development

The graduate program in Agribusiness and Rural Development offers multidisciplinary knowledge and competences in a number of social sciences, especially economics and biotechnical sciences. Apart from the bio-technological sciences as a part of the course, it also offers application of economic, social studies within the field of agriculture: agricultural politics, farm management, marketing and market placement of agricultural products, economics and organization of production and agricultural sociology. Knowledge of management and marketing from the perspectives of agribusiness, agricultural politics and rural development is deepened.

After the completion of graduate program in Agribusiness and Rural Development a student can pursue a doctoral degree in the postgraduate study in Agricultural Economics, depending on the selection of elective modules, in all other doctoral programs at the Faculty of Agriculture, as well as at other similar studies in Croatia and abroad.

 

1. SEMESTER

ECTS Compulsory course
=> Required number of ECTS credits: 24
Teach. hrs
6 Agricultural and rural policy 2 (144067)
Ramona Franić
60
(20+16+24)
6 Market research (132881)
Damir Kovačić
60
(40+0+20)
6 Rural sociology (98328)
Đurđica Žutinić
60
(30+0+30)
6 Cost management in agribusiness (87427)
Zoran Grgić
60
(30+16+14)
0 Elective course: Grupa 1 (14437)
=> Required number of ECTS credits: min. 6
0
(++)
6 Management of SMEs in agribusiness (144068)
Josip Juračak
60
(24+20+16)
6 Project management and projects in agribusiness (87428)
Branka Šakić Bobić
60
(30+20+10)
6 Strategic management in agribusiness (78523)
Mario Njavro
60
(30+10+20)

2. SEMESTER

ECTS Compulsory course
=> Required number of ECTS credits: 14
Teach. hrs
2 Master Thesis - Seminar (160350) 20
(++20)
6 Agriculture, economic growth and development (26381)
Lari Hadelan
60
(38+8+14)
6 Rural development (98329)
Đurđica Žutinić
60
(30+0+30)
ECTS Elective course: Grupa 2 (14438)
=> Required number of ECTS credits:
Teach. hrs
3 Economics of labour in agriculture (26176)
Josip Juračak
30
(10+5+15)
3 Economics of resource use in agribusiness (26179)
Lari Hadelan
30
(24+2+4)
6 The European union and the common agricultural policy (26190)
Ramona Franić
60
(24+8+28)
6 International business in agribusiness (116605)
Mario Njavro
60
(35+0+25)
6 Operations research in agribusiness (26340)
Josip Juračak
60
(28+20+12)
6 Business statistics 2 (132882)
Biserka Kolarec
60
(30+20+10)
6 Sociology of sustainable communities (143734)
Nataša Bokan
60
(30+0+30)
3 Case studies in agribusiness management (26453)
Zoran Grgić
30
(15+10+5)

3. SEMESTER

ECTS Compulsory course
=> Required number of ECTS credits: 6
Teach. hrs
3 Traineeship - Agrobusiness and rural development (144072) 0
(++)
3 Professional project - Agrobusiness and rural development (144073) 0
(++)
ECTS Elective course: Grupa 3 (14439)
=> Required number of ECTS credits:
Teach. hrs
6 Economics of infrastructure in agribusiness (26178)
Ramona Franić
60
(28+22+10)
3 English language 2 (144579)
Tina Kužić
30
(15+15+0)
3 Financial management in agribusiness (78530)
Vesna Očić
30
(20+6+4)
3 EU funds and rural development (116612)
Ornella Mikuš
30
(16+2+12)
6 Global ecology (144071)
Željka Zgorelec
60
(26+14+20)
3 Information systems in agriculture (144070)
Vitomir Grbavac
30
(15+0+15)
6 Extension service and communications (132885)
Đurđica Žutinić
60
(28+12+20)
3 Application of marketing and innovation in agribusiness (132884)
Damir Kovačić
30
(12+0+18)
3 Regional marketing (132883)
Marija Cerjak
30
(22+0+8)
6 Socioeconomic and gender analysis (144069)
Đurđica Žutinić
60
(20+24+16)
6 Risk management in agriculture (26487)
Mario Njavro
60
(20+15+25)

4. SEMESTER

ECTS Compulsory course
=> Required number of ECTS credits: 28
Teach. hrs
28 Master Thesis - Agribusiness and Rural Development (169273) 0
(++)

Objective

Based on current scientific knowledge and contemporary teaching process, students will be able to acquire generic and field specific competencies in order to interpret the economic and social role of agribusiness and rural development in national and international context, to define factors of success of agricultural and rural policy, management and marketing as well as the financial success of business systems in agribusiness. The objective is to train students to apply indicators for measuring rurality, solvency indicators for financial businesses and investment cost effectiveness, advanced statistical inferential methods, cost management, control and evaluation of project efficiency as well as socio-economic and management methods in problem solving and business decision-making. Furthermore, students are prepared for staring self-employment and managing diverse jobs in the field of agribusiness and rural development, while there is an increased need at the labour market for management and marketing specialists in agriculture who can manage professional and scientific, national and European projects. On the other hand, state and local government and self-government need experts in the field of agricultural policy and rural development.

Learning outcomes

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
1st semester
Agricultural and rural policy 2   + + + +             + + + +
Market research               +   +   +     +
Rural sociology + + + + + + + +   +   +     +
Cost management in agribusiness           + + + + + + + +    
2nd semester
Master Thesis – Seminar       +       +   +     +   +
Agriculture, economic growth and development + +   + +     +           +  
Rural development + +     + +   +             +
3rd semester
Traineeship - Agrobusiness and rural development         +   +   +   + + +   +
Professional project - Agrobusiness and rural development             +   + + + + +    
4th semester
Master Thesis - Agribusiness and Rural Development + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
  1. Define agribusiness, rural entrepreneurship and rural development
  2. Recognize and interpret economic and social role of agribusiness and rural development in national and international context
  3. Define and describe success factors in agricultural and rural policy, management, marketing and financial operations of agribusiness systems
  4. Recognize basic stakeholders in economic, and particularly rural development at local, regional and national level, their tasks, missions and interactions
  5. Perceive specific features of rural and agrarian society and explain social processes and changes of rural society, as well as causes and consequences of technical , technologic and economic problems in agribusiness and rural development
  6. Identify and apply indicators for measuring rurality, cost management methods in agribusiness, methods of project control and assessment of project efficiency
  7. Select and apply socio-economic and management methods in problem solving and independent decision making in agricultural and rural sector
  8. Analyse current situation, advantages and failures in agribusiness and rural development sector in order to create and suggest business and strategic plans
  9. Estimate solvency of financial business and economic success of agribusiness, as well as quality and efficiency of administrative and institutional system in agribusiness
  10. Give a critical estimations and suggestions for problem solutions in the field of management and marketing in agribusiness, agricultural and rural policy
  11. Establish, organize and independently conduct a farm and/or participate in business activities in farms
  12. Conduct expert and scientific, national and European projects and studies in particular segments of agribusiness and rural development
  13. Confirm a high level of personal and team responsibility in fulfilling tasks and decision making, especially under unpredictable business, social and political conditions
  14. Estimate and evaluate performances of attendants of agricultural training and specialization in the scope of agricultural economics, agribusiness, agricultural and rural policy and development
  15. Utilize attained abilities of theoretical and practical learning in acquiring new knowledge and skills under formal and non-formal lifelong learning