University of Melbourne to offer new Bachelor of Agriculture degree

22 July 2015

University of Melbourne to offer new Bachelor of Agriculture degree

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, today launched the new Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of Melbourne's Dookie Campus in Shepparton - describing it as good news for young people seeking a pathway into highly skilled careers in agriculture.

"This is an exciting time for agriculture in Australia, with new markets opening up and growing demand for our products. This is creating new opportunities and increasing returns to farmers, meaning agriculture is a great industry for young people to be getting into," Senator Colbeck said.

"We need to attract young people to the industry who are highly skilled, technologically savvy and innovative - they will be the ones driving innovation and productivity growth to ensure the future of farming in this country."

Senator Colbeck said Australia's growing agriculture industry means agricultural science graduates are in high demand and a range of career opportunities are available.

"We have a shortage of agriculture graduates and The Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture found that for every graduate from an agriculture-related degree, there are five or six jobs to choose from," he said.

"Employment outcomes for bachelor-degree graduates are strong, with positions available across Australia, in both metropolitan and rural and remote areas."

The University of Melbourne consulted widely with industry, employers and graduates in developing the new Bachelor of Agriculture undergraduate degree.

The new degree will expose students to the latest precision farm technologies and provide opportunities for practical placements to help students understand the broader industry context.

It aims to create agricultural science graduates who are job-ready, with general, technical and problem-solving skills to meet the high demand for graduates in agriculture.

The new Bachelor of Agriculture degree will commence in 2016 and will help to ensure a highly-skilled and qualified workforce for the future.

The course will be open to domestic Commonwealth Supported Places and International Fee Place students.

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