The School of Science and Technology of the Hellenic Open University and the Department of Business Administration of Food and Agricultural Enterprises of the School of Economics and Business of the University of Patras offer the Interdepartmental Postgraduate Study Program titled “Precision Agriculture Applications” (EGA).
Objective – Description
The Interdepartmental Postgraduate Study program in “Precision Agriculture Applications” aims to provide students with specialized knowledge regarding the application of modern and innovative technologies in primary-sector agricultural production. In particular, the program offers basic knowledge of Precision Agriculture (PA) applications, with emphasis on the correct management of production factors (such as irrigation water, fertilizers, plant protection products etc), the reduction of production costs, and the increase in the competitiveness of agricultural production.
New technologies have been entering the field of agricultural production at a rapid and steadily increasing rate, fueling demand for appropriately specialized scientists. Furthermore, Precision Agriculture as an essentially novel concept and agricultural practice, is a cutting-edge technology for the agricultural sector which provides solutions to challenges of productivity and competitiveness in the field. This new approach means new, interdisciplinary jobs with cross-sectoral approaches.
The PSP aims to provide comprehensive training for scientists in Precision Agriculture.
The Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Study Program (IPSP) aims to meet the modern need for graduates to provide solutions to the challenges of constantly evolving agricultural activity with reduced inputs, and the needs of the labor market as it is shaped by technological development.
A primary objective of the IPSP is to provide students with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical (workshop and field) experience, and familiarize them with the use of new technologies and the results of applied research in the field of Precision Agriculture.
Generally, the IPSP aims to:
Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience with the modern equipment of the Plant Production Laboratory (with the PlantLab trade sign) of the Department of Business Administration of Food and Agricultural Enterprises of the University of Patras (DBAFA – UP) which will be made available for the purposes of the IPSP.
Curriculum Academic Credits (ECTS)
The total academic credits (ECTS) required to obtain the Postgraduate Specialization Diploma are 90 ECTS.
UNESCO ISCED-2011 classification
-According to education level: 7
Duration of Studies
The minimum duration of studies for completion of the program is one and a half (1 ½) year or three (3) academic semesters) The total academic credits (ECTS) required to obtain the Postgraduate Specialization Diploma (PSD) are 90 ECTS. The IPSP is taught in Greek, and students are required to prepare their diploma thesis in Greek.
Language of Instruction
The IPSP is taught in Greek, and students are required to prepare their diploma thesis in Greek.
Upon successful completion of the IPSP, students will be able to:
Through both the content of the program and its approach methodology, students will have the opportunity to develop the following soft skills:
The IPSP accepts:
All students must possess a very good level of proficiency in English.
Holders of a degree or diploma of higher education means graduates of Greek Universities or Polytechnics or Higher School of Fine Arts or Higher School of Pedagogical and Technological Education or Higher Technological Educational Institutions (ATEI) or those who hold academically equivalent first cycle degrees from recognized foreign educational institutions with the degrees awarded by the Greek Higher Educational Institutions, in accordance with the provisions of article 304 of Law No. 4957/2022 (Government Gazette 141/21.07.2022, vol.)
For the evaluation of the application to the Postgraduate Studies Programme, it will be examined whether the candidate’s institution of study is or may be included in the National Register of Recognised Higher Education Institutions of Foreign Countries and whether the candidate’s degree is or may be included in the National Register of Types of Degrees of Recognised Institutions of Foreign Countries.
The Hellenic Open University, if the degree is included in the list of article 307 of Law No. 4957/2022, must request a “Certificate of Place of Study”, which is issued and sent by the foreign university. If the place of study or part of the studies is confirmed as the Greek territory, the degree is not recognized, unless the part of the studies that took place in the Greek territory is in a public higher education institution or in a recognized foreign educational institution within the meaning of paragraph b) of article 299 of Law No. 4957/2022.
It is clarified that holders of a first degree of Higher Education are accepted in the Postgraduate Program.
The total academic credits (ECTS) required to obtain the Postgraduate Specialization Diploma are 90 ECTS. The IPSP in “Precision Agriculture Applications” is organized in three (3) academic semesters, with eight (*) Thematic Units (T.U.), one (1) Thematic Laboratory Unit (T.L.U.), and the preparation of a Postgraduate Diploma Thesis (PDT). The minimum duration of studies is one and a half (1 ½) years. To obtain the Postgraduate Specialization Diploma, students must successfully complete the eight (8) T.U., the single (1) T.L.U., and prepare and present their Postgraduate Diploma Thesis.
The program is organized per semester as follows:
|EGA50||Introduction to Precision Agriculture||C¹, 7 ECTS|
|EGA51||Remote Sensors – Geographic Information Systems||C, 8 ECTS|
|EGA52||Modern Trends in Plant Production||C, 8 ECTS|
|EGA53||The Economics of Precision Agriculture||C, 7 ECTS|
|EGA54||Integrated Pest and Disease Management||C, 8 ECTS|
|EGA55||Rational Management of Water Resources in Agriculture||C, 8 ECTS|
|EGA56||Big Data Analysis||C, 7 ECTS|
|EGA57||Environmental Policy / Waste Management||C, 7 ECTS|
|EGAPA||Practical Applications of Precision Agriculture||C, 10 ECTS|
|EGADE||Postgraduate Diploma Thesis||C, 20 ECTS|
T.U. Selection Instructions
Students may select from one (1) to four (4) T.U. (up to 30 ECTS) per semester.
When selecting T.U.s, students must first pass all the available T.U.s that belong to the previous term and then select T.U.s belonging to the next term. For example, a student who has successfully completed one (1) first-semester T.U. and wishes to select four (4) T.U. in the second semester must the three (3) remaining first-semester T.U. and one (1) second-semester T.U. (to a maximum of 30 ECTS per semester) etc.
Students may participate in the Thematic Laboratory Unit upon successful completion all eight (8) T.U. of the PSP.
Students may only present and defend their Postgraduate Diploma Thesis upon successful completion of all T.U. and T.L.U. of the PSP.
To obtain the Postgraduate Specialization Diploma, students must successfully compete the eight (8) T.U., the single (1) T.L.U., and prepare and present their Postgraduate Diploma Thesis.
IPSP Special Interdepartmental Committee (SIC):
Ioannis Kalavrouziotis, Professor, School of Science and Technology, Hellenic Open University (SIC Chairman and IPSP Director).
Achilleas Kameas, Professor, School of Science and Technology, Hellenic Open University (committee member).
Vasileios Verykios, Professor, School of Science and Technology, Hellenic Open University (committee member).
Petros Kokkinos, Adjunct Faculty 7 Post-doctoral researcher, School of Science and Technology, Hellenic Open University (committee member).
Angelos Patakas, Professor, Department of Business Administration of Food and Agricultural Enterprises, University of Patras (SIC Deputy Chairman and IPSP Deputy Director).
Athanasios Lantavos, Professor, Department of Business Administration of Food and Agricultural Enterprises, University of Patras (committee member).
Vasileios Triantaphyllidis, Assistant Professor, Department of Business Administration of Food and Agricultural Enterprises, University of Patras (committee member).
Tuition fees for students of the Interdepartmental Postgraduate Study Program are as follows: 400€ per T.U., T.L.U., and PDT. The total tuition fees for the IPSP are 4.000€.