Hungary: Universities announce new precision agriculture and animal welfare programs

Agricultural higher education will soon expand in Hungary with new, specialized programs in precision farming, animal welfare law and veterinary medicine

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The University of Debrecen has announced the launch of a new precision agriculture engineer program in 2023. The university has been conducting research in the field of precision agriculture since 2000, and now along with the launch of the new education program, a new university facility will also be commissioned which will house the institution’s Precision Center.

Meanwhile, the Budapest-based University of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Miskolc have signed an agreement to launch two new joint programs. In the fall of 2022, the two universities will be enrolling students into Hungary’s first animal protection veterinarian and animal protection welfare lawyer university programs.

The programs will offer combined curricula that “lie at the intersection of law and policy studies on the one hand and veterinary medicine on the other,” states the press relief. Rector Prof. Dr. Péter Sótonyi of the University of Veterinary Medicine has commented that what necessitated the universities’ cooperation and the launching of the two new joint programs was the rapid development of animal welfare laws and regulations as well as new research breakthroughs in the field, which means that it is cardinal that future experts be equipped with the latest knowledge of methodology, technology and the legal environment.

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