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.

Current Skills of Students and Their Expected Future Training Needs on Precision Agriculture: Evidence from Euro-Mediterranean Higher Education Institutes / Bournaris T.; Correia M.; Guadagni A.; Karouta J.; Krus A.; Lombardo S.; Lazaridou D.; Loizou E.; da Silva J.R.M.; Martinez-Guanter J.; Michailidis A.; Nastis S.; Paltaki A.; Partalidou M.; Perez-Ruiz M.; Ribeiro A.; Valero C.; Vieri M.. - In: AGRONOMY. - ISSN 2073-4395. - ELETTRONICO. - 12:(2022), pp. 269-279. [10.3390/agronomy12020269]

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

Lombardo S.
Conceptualization
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Vieri M.
Project Administration
2022

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.
2022
12
269
279
Goal 4: Quality education
Goal 5: Gender equality
Goal 10: Reducing inequalities
Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
Bournaris T.; Correia M.; Guadagni A.; Karouta J.; Krus A.; Lombardo S.; Lazaridou D.; Loizou E.; da Silva J.R.M.; Martinez-Guanter J.; Michailidis A.; Nastis S.; Paltaki A.; Partalidou M.; Perez-Ruiz M.; Ribeiro A.; Valero C.; Vieri M.
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