About Us

Who we are ?

A group of three Universities (University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest, University of Forestry, Sofia and Hungarian University of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Gödöllő) and one Institute (Directorate of Plant Protection Central Research Institute, Ankara) joined their forces to contribute to a ” greener” education and training for master students in horticulture. More about us here.

 

 

Why this project ?

All over Europe, more and more institutions are suffering due to “growing mismatch” with labor market.
Labor markets are rapidly changing, due to technological advancement, greening, and ageing workforce.
Higher education institutions have the responsibility to reduce this gap and prepare the young generations and foster their employability and personal development. Europe is constantly putting efforts in adapting its policies, strategies, and actions to build a safer future for EU citizens. Such action is the European Green Deal, a set of EU policy initiatives aiming of making Europe climate neutral in 2050, by introducing new legislation on the circular economy, building renovation, biodiversity, farming, and innovation.

 

What we want ?

The wider scope of Hort4EUgreen may be considered strengthening the capacities of the partner institutions to provide state-of-the-art education and training in new emerging topics in horticulture to master students, answering to the actual needs of the labor market.
We count on our students and staff to acquire new knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enhance their chances for a better job or business in the future (for students) and enhance the level of satisfaction of teachers, following good appreciation of their students.
For this, we will deliver two online training materials, two Open Educational Resources, two movies and one learning and training platform.

 

Where we’ll impact ?

Partners from 4 countries (Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Turkey) will work together on results that will be available for world-wide use. The leader, USAMV Bucharest, has a state-of-the-art new Research Center, able to answer Hort4EUGreen’s requests, while many master and doctoral students are eager to learn and develop their skills. Theoretical and practical expertise in four new, emerging topics in horticulture at a master academic level will be facilitated.

 

When ?

The first project results will become available online at the end of the year 2021. Each year, new results will emerge. For more, follow the Results section.

Hort4EUGreen was inspired by the European Green Deal.

Europe is constantly putting efforts in adapting its policies, strategies, and actions to build a safer future for EU citizens. The European Green Deal is a set of policy initiatives brought forward by the European Commission with the overarching aim of making Europe climate neutral in 2050, by introducing new legislation on the circular economy, building renovation, biodiversity, farming, and innovation.

European Green Deal will improve the well-being and health of citizens and future generations by providing:

Find out more about it here.

 

The European Research Alliance was Hort4EUGreen catalyst.

This European Research Alliance aims to develop new common research and experimentation strategies throughout whole Europe for a safer food and environment. Currently, horticulture is the field with the highest rate of pesticides use, therefore the main field where unprecedented shifts and changes must be implemented. Two out of four members (USAMV Bucharest and NAIK, Hungary) of our consortium are members in this alliance while the fourth, Turkey, has a great interest in fulfilling the same goals, in cooperation with their EU colleagues. Participation in an alliance with such high goals requires well-trained specialists, capable of both understand the context and perform at the high standards. Based on these three main reasons and the themes addressed by our four training materials, `tackling skills gaps and mismatches` becomes the most relevant horizontal priority of our project. The joint declaration of intent was signed on 24 February 2020 by 24 research organizations from 16 European countries aiming “Towards a Chemical Pesticide-free Agriculture”. This European Research Alliance aims to rethink the way research is carried out and develop new common research and experimentation strategies throughout whole Europe.

Find out more here.