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Our Mission

1. Aims
2. Personality Development
3. Organisation
4. Professional Careers

1. Aims

On the state-of-the-art level of the scientific debate our students gain the theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills, which enable them to leadership activities  and to high-minded scientific work on economic questions in the agri-food-sector.

Through to the encouragement of holisitic thinking along the value chain from the farmer to the consumer, from local to global level we make our graduates a good start into professional life. The diversity of potential employers from agribusiness via food industry to  NGOs, public authorities and not at least of public or private research institutes open up individual possibilities of development.

The international orientation of the AFECO-Master assures attraction for students from abroad. They are particularly welcome. Double-Degree-Programmes support the orientation of our students to the requirements of the international labour markets.

It is our self-conception to contribute to the strong research-orientation of  Bonn University. This enables us to define very high didactical standards in teaching.

Students take actively part in research projects. The sound and research-related study programme is for AFECO graduates an advantage by starting the professional career, which is correlated with the outstanding scientific reputation of the professors of our institute. The active learning by taking part in research projects is our silver bullet to qualify scientific and societal elites.

2. Personality Development

By adequate teaching formats we encourage the development of problem-solving competence and of skills needed for scientific work in teams or individually as well as to conduct a presentation in an oral or in a written form.

By a coordinator and direct contact with the students we want to support the individual profiling, the personal maturity and the purposeful time course of the study programme. We like to have graduates, able and willing to take over responsibility both in society and profession and to be leaders.

3. Organisation

The Institute for Food and Resource Economics is concerning the contents and the organisation responsible for the AFECO master programme. Most of the courses are instructed by staff members of the Institute.

We are an internationally cooperating Institute with a strong profile in mathematical modelling  for policy advise and in food chain management. Our dense network of renown agri-economic research institutes on national and global level provides a strategic benefit in the international competition for high-performing and motivated students. This profile we want to sharpen to the advantage of the AFECO-Master. The good cooperation in our Institute results in well-orchestrated course programmes and project seminars.

4. Professional Careers

The skills gained in the master program in Agricultural and Food Economics prepare students for careers in numerous professional fields.


Last updated: Thursday, September 04, 2014