Course: 'Learning, action research and outreach for inclusive development - Boosting competencies in higher education'

Professionals in tertiary agricultural education are expected to prepare competent graduates ready for the job market. In addition, you are requested to do action research that contributes to innovation for food security, and provide services for rural communities that support inclusive development.

Are you ready to make your courses more interactive and interdisciplinary? How do competency based learning approaches affect the way you design your courses? How do you determine what services to provide to surrounding communities? To what extent is your research relevant and useful to farmers and agribusiness? This course helps you find the answers to these questions.

It is challenging and hands-on with a range of activities such as trainer-assisted group sessions, role play, case studies and excursions to Dutch universities.

What to expect?

Get an idea of what this course will be like: 

© ICRA | Source: YouTube 

Structure of the course

Week 1:
Interactive teaching and training skills for competency-based education.

Main topics:

  • Competency-based learning
  • Interactive teaching skills, dealing with difficult dynamics
  • Session design and delivery
  • Flipping the class room

Week 2:
Learning in real-life contexts and creating meaningful community services. Excursions to higher education institutes in the Netherlands

Main topics:

  • Problem-based learning
  • Academic consultancy training
  • Science shop, assessment of real-life learning

Week 3:
Action research, linking development and education.

Main topics:

  • Design of action research through multi-stakeholder approaches
  • Combining the role of lecturer and researcher

Target audience

The course is specially designed for people working in tertiary agricultural and rural education. Candidates should be proficient in English, have at least five years professional experience, preferably in tertiary agricultural and rural education and related fields and have approval of their institution to participate.

Course costs and deadlines

Tuition fee: 3,990 EUR | download cost estimate

Deadline for applicants with own funds/ financial support: 1 August 2016
Application deadline for scholarships: 22 March 2016

Applicants who arrange their own financial support for participation face less competition and have a bigger chance of getting selected. The chance of being awarded a fellowship is generally slim as there are many applicants for these funds. We advise you to look for funds from your own organisation or from other sources. Some suggestions are here.


Proceed to application website.


Source and further information: ICRA