A Smorgasbord of Agribusiness Careers but too few Students: Reflections from Higher Education (PR)

Mark Frost, Zelma Bone

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Abstract

A perplexing conundrum exists within the Australian agribusiness sector: there are strong career opportunities and a healthy number of job vacancies but fewer students entering higher education (HE) to study in this area. A lack of responsiveness, inflexibility and the undesirability of current HE courses have been suggested as one reason for this enigma. It is time for some reflection on how HE can meet the needs of the agribusiness industry in producing job-ready graduates. This study reflects on the issues at hand having canvassed the views of other major stakeholders, including employers, students, careers advisers and academics. It identifies the role of the agribusiness industry to the Australian economy and its growing need for highly trained and educated professionals. The criticisms of HE that are preventing students from enrolling in agricultural related courses are explored and recommendations for improving student participation are made.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication17th International Conference
Subtitle of host publicationAgriculture: Food, Fiber and Energy for the Future
EditorsJean L Merry Harold Guthier, Carroll E Merry Carroll E E Merry
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherIFMA
Pages17-30
Number of pages14
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9789299003886
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventInternational Farm Management Association Congress - Bloomington, Illinois
Duration: 19 Jul 200924 Jul 2009

Conference

ConferenceInternational Farm Management Association Congress
Period19/07/0924/07/09

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