Current Skills of Students and Their Expected Future Training Needs on Precision Agriculture: Evidence from Euro-Mediterranean Higher Education Institutes

Bournaris, Thomas and Correia, Manuela and Guadagni, Alessandro and Karouta, Jeremy and Krus, Anne and Lombardo, Stefania and Lazaridou, Dimitra and Loizou, Efstratios and Marques da Silva, J.R. and Martí­nez-Guanter, Jorge and Michailidis, Anastasios and Nastis, Stefanos and Paltaki, Aikaterini and Partalidou, Maria and Perez-Ruiz, Manuel and Ribeiro Seijas, Angela and Valero Ubierna, Constantino and Vieri, Marco (2022). Current Skills of Students and Their Expected Future Training Needs on Precision Agriculture: Evidence from Euro-Mediterranean Higher Education Institutes. "Agronomy", v. 12 (n. 2); ISSN 2073-4395. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12020269.

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Title: Current Skills of Students and Their Expected Future Training Needs on Precision Agriculture: Evidence from Euro-Mediterranean Higher Education Institutes
Author/s:
  • Bournaris, Thomas
  • Correia, Manuela
  • Guadagni, Alessandro
  • Karouta, Jeremy
  • Krus, Anne
  • Lombardo, Stefania
  • Lazaridou, Dimitra
  • Loizou, Efstratios
  • Marques da Silva, J.R.
  • Martí­nez-Guanter, Jorge
  • Michailidis, Anastasios
  • Nastis, Stefanos
  • Paltaki, Aikaterini
  • Partalidou, Maria
  • Perez-Ruiz, Manuel
  • Ribeiro Seijas, Angela
  • Valero Ubierna, Constantino
  • Vieri, Marco
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Agronomy
Date: January 2022
ISSN: 2073-4395
Volume: 12
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: categorical regression; Euro-Mediterranean; precision agriculture; training needs; two-step cluster analysis; university students; robótica; agricultura; formación
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingeniería Agronómica, Alimentaria y de Biosistemas (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Agroforestal
UPM's Research Group: Técnicas Avanzadas en Agroalimentación LPF-TAGRALIA
Creative Commons Licenses: None

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Abstract

This paper set out to explore the precision agriculture (PA)-training needs of students studying in agricultural universities in the Euro-Mediterranean region (Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain). SPARKLE is a Knowledge Alliance Project, funded by the European Union (EU), and one of its main goals is to narrow the innovation divide between entrepreneurship and the effective application of sustainable PA. During the project, the research conducted in all countries in the Euro-Mediterranean region revealed differences in the PA-training needs of university students. Additionally, this paper set out to explore the socioeconomic characteristics of students that affect their interest and knowledge towards PA. Finally, this paper aimed to understand the scope, present status and strategies for improving PA training in agricultural universities in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The following descriptive statistics and two multivariate analysis techniques were used: Two-Step Cluster Analysis (TSCA) and Categorical Regression (CATREG). Results support the notion that the lack of “PA knowledge/interest” adds to the technological gap amongst university students, slow adoption of PA and lower levels of overall rural economic development. These findings will be used as the fundamental cognition for the development of a joint action plan and several other national plans in the selected regions.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Unspecified588241-EPP-1-2017-1-IT-EPPKA2-KASparkleConstantino ValeroSPARKLE - Sustainable PrecisionAgriculture: Research andKnowledge for Learning howto be an agri-Entrepreneur. ERASMUS+ Knowledge Alliance

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Item ID: 69553
DC Identifier: https://oa.upm.es/69553/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:69553
DOI: 10.3390/agronomy12020269
Official URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/2/269
Deposited by: Profesor Constantino Valero Ubierna
Deposited on: 24 Jan 2022 10:38
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2022 10:38
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