The division of Animal Production:
- Applies modern technological and scientific methods, as well as managerial practices, in animal production, in the processing of products of animal origin as well as the control of their quality and safety.
- Applies methods of hygiene in farm facilities, in the meat and milk-processing plants and applies health management programs in the farm, biosecurity programs and preventive measurements in the farm sector.
- Applies modern technological and scientific methods enchasing productivity and reproductive performance.
- Develops rationalistic methods of feeding formulation and nutrition technology from an economic and scientific perspective.
- Undertakes the environmental and legal problems of stock-breeding businesses and enterprises.
- Participates in the technological research, education and development and application of innovations in the sector of Animal Production.
- Innovative production of functional foods, mainly concerning goat, sheep milk, cheese and poultry and pig meat.
- Designs and supervises the application of agricultural-animal production studies and organizes the establishment of animal production farms.
- Production, marketing and trade of nutritional supplements, additives, premixes and ingredients, semen for all animal species, breeding stock as well, veterinary drugs, vaccines, disinfectants, sanitizers, health enhancements, machineries and forms of animal production tools
- Participates as technical stuff in companion animals laboratories and private practices, animal microbiology laboratories, in feed processing plants and in the meat and milk industry, in food hygiene as well.
C.Floriculture and Landscape Architecture
The division of Floriculture and Landscape Architecture practices in fields similar to the division of Crop Production as described above but furthermore relates to the productive processes of floriculture and related businesses as well as those in the field of landscape architecture and gardening (applied to rural, urban, and peri-urban green spaces). Analytically it employs:
- The production and handling of plants for interior spaces and potted ornamental plants.
- The production and handling of propagation material for ornamental plants.
- The production, standardization, preservation, quality certification and marketing of ornamental and flowering plants.
- The production, post-harvest handling and handling of cut flowers and foliage plants.
- The production of certified propagation material for ornamental and flowering plants.
- The design, construction and maintenance of “green” landscape projects, landscape reclamation, urban revitalization, natural resources and habitat management.
- The design, construction and maintenance of public and private gardens, “green” landscape projects and landscape reconstruction and revitalization as private free-lance professionals or employed specialized scientists in private firms.
- The development and conveyance of contemporary ornamental and flowering plants cultivations.
- Laboratory soil and plant tissue analyses in flowering plants cultivations.
- Advisory services rendered on irrigation and plant protection as well as technical support for establishing new flowering plants cultivations.
- Participation in research activities pertaining to cognitive fields offered by the department.
1.3 Curriculum learning outcomes
Upon graduation the Department’s graduates:
- Will have acquired skills derived from the laboratory courses and collaborations with related businesses and their members, as they are fully aware of the connection/linkage between theoretical knowledge and practical results.
- Will be backed in their training of contemporary learning methods by means of academic scientific manuals, electronic multi-purpose and specialized scientific instruments.
- Will be able to professionally use their theoretical, applied and laboratory experiences acquired to promote both productivity and quality of services rendered, as well as intuitively solve complex problems arising in their practice.
- Will be able to collect and interpret data, formulate ethical and social judgments, promote information and ideas, resolve problems to both specialized professional and laymen alike and generate new knowledge of scientific and social breadth. They possess critical understanding of theories and principals as well as applied practical methods.
- Have developed the necessary skills and cognitive background information in order to independently pursue in great capacity further graduate studies.
1.4 Connecting Curriculum objectives to market needs
Undergraduate curriculum objectives are mainly based upon:
- The scientific study of the cognitive subject offered in both European and global scales
- The awareness of primary sector needs stemming from the scientific personnel‘s range of action and research.
- New production trends and standards that can advance Greek agricultural production into innovation and quality.
- A deeply rooted cooperation with the primary production of Epirus and Western Greece.
- Connecting/linking the department with local, national and international growers, cultivators, breeders and related businesses.
- The understanding of relating high quality education to primary sector needs in Greece and abroad.
The Department’s collaborations with social and production institutions are based upon:
- Reinforcing a seminar based curriculum and education.
- «On the spot» research in agro-veterinary businesses.
- Courses offered in real world working conditions.
- Reinforcing undergraduate level research.
- Adopting “open” laboratories.
- Reinforcing “corporate” laboratories with corporate members’ participation.
- Practical training in public and private institutions in Agriculture, Veterinary and Landscaping businesses.
- Knitting education, research and production into one common thread. (promoting professional versatility, cultivating basic professional student skills, developing entrepreneurship, reinforcing laboratory education in “real-life” working conditions, participating and collaborating with schools, municipalities, the agro nutritional research sector and higher education institutes of the greater rural and urban Epirus area and beyond).
- The department’s contribution to local, regional and national development through innovative scientific collaborations with universities abroad and research partners from Greece concerning critical local and national products of plant and animal origins as well as landscape issues.
Plant production: olive groves, vineyards, aromatic and pharmaceutical plants, energy and industrial plants, biological pest control in local cultures, agricultural soil mapping, GIS, wise management of mountainous/sub-alpic meadows, containing environmental pollution through agriculture, improving quality and quality control of agricultural products and their propagation material, effects of fertilization in vegetable quality, pollen storage, biological applications of symbiotic microorganisms.
Animal production: animal health and welfare with a specialized focus on mammary gland and digestive system integrity and health, use of phytogenics (aromatic plants and herbs, essential oils and clays) and nutrition additives for enhancing animal health and immunity, milk and meat quality characteristics verification through application of molecular techniques and proteomic in local Greek species of goats, sheep and fish, pork meat production with special characteristics for specific groups of consumers, (functional pork), poultry and pork production with reduced environmental footprint and energy consumption, use of proteins from Greek sources of plant species in meat production, animal proteomics and animal tissue engineering and production of biomaterials.
Floriculture and Landscape Architecture: hydroponic and soilless cultures, biodegradation, plant protection products, local flora species certification, seeds for cultivations, private garden design construction and management, public squares and parks design construction and management, land reclamation/rehabilitation, designing software CAD, GIS, urban green, green infrastructure, greenways, green roofs, landscape irrigation, garden illumination.
2.Department’s Research Activity (Publication, Recognition, Awards)
The Department of Agricultural Technology excels in national and international research boasting the following figures:
- 67 publications in accredited international journals with a total index of recognition (citations) 2.686 for the period 2008-2015.
- 178 scientific papers in peer-reviewed national and international conferences for the period 2008-2014.
- 8 book writings or translations.
Currently (2010-2015) the department is undertaking 26 research scientific programs financed by ARCHIMEDES II & III, Cooperation 2009 Large Scale, INTERREG, NEW KNOWLEDGE, Greece-China 2012-2014 Collaboration, INTERREG II, III programs, FP6, FP7, “Competitiveness & Entrepreneurship” Cooperation 2011, Word Health Organization Horizon 2020, Marie Curie, transnational research programs (China, Italy, Ireland), programs funded by large scale pharmaceutical and nutritional companies, the Ministry of Development, the Epirus Region, Industrial and private Institutions, totaling 5.800.000 Euros for the last 8 years, while 45 competitive programs have been undertaken, and delivered in the last decade.
The Department has autonomously organized 22 seminars (2008-2015) and many symposiums in Arta partnering with productive institutions, municipalities, regional authorities and 22 businesses displaying a large student attendance.
In the short time since its establishment members of the academic staff have published 79 papers in peer reviewed scientific journals, they have 6 participations in book chapters and scientific books, and 260 presentations in international conferences and full paper or abstracts in conference proceedings, also referee four scientific journals, as well as distinguished keynote conference speakers.
M.Sc. in Sustainable Landscape Projects
The Department of Agricultural Technology of the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus (member of the Uniscape Network http://www.uniscape.eu/), organises the Master of Science (M.Sc.) programme entitled “Sustainable Landscape Projects”. The admission requirements and the structure of the programme are regulated by the Decision No. 520 (GG Β’ 272 12 Feb 2016) and the relevant Regulation. Agronomists, engineers and other professionals that work in the field of landscape projects management constitute the target group of the M.Sc.
Successful completion of this programme leads to a complete comprehension of the landscape projects management which includes the legal framework, current scientific and technological developments and the methodology, policies, techniques and tools for a rational and finally sustainable management of landscape projects. The curriculum includes three semesters in which nine courses and a master thesis must be completed.
M.Sc. in Agrochemistry and Organic Farming
Co-organised by the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biological Applications and Technologies, University of Ioannina and the Department of Agricultural Technology, Technological Educational Institute of Epirus
M.Sc. in Aquacultures – Pathological Problems of Aquatic Breeding Organisms
Partnership with the Veterinary Dept., University of Thessaly, since 2014
The department also cooperates with other academic institutions in the framework of professional, master and doctoral studies.
- Erasmus IP: SUS-HORTO (Advances in off-season vegetable production)
- In 2014, the Department of Agriculture Technology of the TEI of Epirus participated in the international intensive educational programme SUS-HORTO (Advances in off-season vegetable production, http://sus-horto.com/.) The programme is financially supported by the European programme Erasmus. The first section was implementated from 24 February to 7 March at the University of Almeria in Spain and apart from the TEI of Epirus four more Universities from Czech Republic, Italy and Spain participate.
- E-class courses are provided to students via the internet and the Department’s webpage. The total number of cognitive subjects that will be provided in the e-class form is further investigated.
- Social support actions for students of the Department of Agriculture Technology
- Paid participation in undergraduate on-going research might be available and paid programme for distinguished students in academic fields of the Department are regularly offered.