Enhancement of Postgraduate Studies on Sustainable Agriculture and Future Farming Systems 

Programme:          Erasmus +

Key action:            Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good

practices Action:   Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE)

Action Type:         Joint Projects (curriculum development, strengthening of the internationalisation of HEI and the capacity to network effectively in research, scientific and technological innovation)

Project title:           Enhancement of Postgraduate Studies on

Sustainable Agriculture and Future Farming Systems 

Project number:     610383-EPP-1-2019-1-DE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP (2019-2086) 

Project duration:    15.1.2020 – 14.1.2023 

The project addresses the demand of educating doctoral students on high quality and international standards to increase knowledge based solutions for sustainable agriculture and future farming systems – a topic of national, cross-regional and international relevance.

Large agricultural areas characterize the landscapes and economies of Russia and Kazakhstan and both countries see the innovative development of this sector as a priority. Compared to this, skilled labour and innovation potential is lacking. As a reaction, a number of initiatives target to build up human resources on all levels (farm workers, specialists, managers) and as well to improve higher education institutions (HEIs). Despite the progress in joining and pursuing the Bologna process, brain drain of young talents and deficient and outdated educational offers for PhD studies impede the goals of HEIs to become international competitive. The consortium of 5 EU partners and 4 Russian and 4 Kazakh agricultural universities together with consultative and expert partners from accreditation, research and private business in Russia and Kazakhstan therefore specified the following objectives.

  • to develop and establish four post-graduate modules at 8 HEIs in different regions to qualify doctoral students on inter- and transdisciplinary contents and approaches relevant for agricultural research and innovation;
  • to increase the human capacity, literature base and equipment of partner institutions to provide doctoral education according to international standards and best-practices;
  • to strengthen international and interregional academic exchange and research cooperation among project partners;
  • to establish a network on doctoral research and education in the agricultural field targeted on the exchange of best practices with a wider

Overall the institutional capacity increases to tackle education and research demand in the area of sustainable agriculture and future farming systems. 


From the programme countries Nürtingen-Geislingen University applied as coordinator together with 3 other European faculties (Warsaw, Prague, Tartu) and one international research institute (DITSL- Witzenhausen). 4 RF plus 4 KAZ universities cover different regions, beyond the capitals. Consultative institutions and national important partners provide consultation and support the reflection of quality requirements for modern postgraduate studies and facilitate the link to existing research networks. 

EU – HEI programme country partners


Nuertingen-Geislingen University

HfWU (coordinator)


Warsaw University of Life Sciences –



Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague –



DITSL Witzenhausen



Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu


RF – HEI regional partners


Stavropol State Agrarian University



Novosibirsk State Agrarian University  



Buryat State Academy of Agriculture



Yakutsk State Agricultural Academy


KAZ – HEI regional partners


S.Seifullin Kazakh Agro Technical University, Nur-Sultan



Kazakh National Agrarian University, Almaty



Zhangir khan West Kazakhstan agrarian-technology University, Oral



A.Baitursynov Kostanay State University


Research institutions and consultative bodies in the partner countries


National Centre for Public Accreditation NCPA, Russian Federation



Independent Agency for Accreditation and Rating IAAR, Kazakhstan



National Agrarian Science and Educational Centre NASEC, Kazakhstan



Russian Academy of Sciences RAN (including RU research institutions)


Associated partners


Ministry of Agriculture of Russian Federation



Ministry of Agriculture in Kazakhstan


Enhancement of Postgraduate Studies on Sustainable Agriculture and Future Farming Systems (Issue 2, February 2021)

A call for applications for participation in training internships of the SAGRIS project is open

Enhancement of Postgraduate Studies on Sustainable Agriculture and Future Farming Systems (Issue1, September 2020)

Development of module 4 «Transdisciplinary research methods for sustainable agriculture» within the framework of the SAGRIS project, June 16, 2020

Development of the module «Methods of scientific research» in the framework of the project «SAGRIS», June 4, 2020

The work on the development of the module of the project «Sagris» started!

Monitoring of the Erasmus + project “Enhancement of Postgraduate Studies on Sustainable Agriculture and Future Farming Systems” (SAGRIS), May 29, 2020

Webinar within SAGRIS project «Principles and practice of developing educational programs and measurable learning outcomes based on foreign experience»

Steering Committee meeting by Erasmus+ SAGRIS project online on the Zoom platform

SAGRIS Project Steering Committee Meeting

Consultation meeting within EU Erasmus+ SAGRIS project

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