The Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains (PCSVC) is a Master's-level graduate programme from the University of Cambridge. It equips senior and mid-career professionals and managers with the relevant skills required to establish resilient and sustainable value chains / supply chains that are fit for the future.
Visit the website: http://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/component/courses/?view=course&cid=16062
The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), an institute within the School of Technology, has run executive development programmes in sustainability for 25 years, with open programmes in the UK, Europe, North America, South America, South Africa and Australia, and customised programmes for many leading organisations.
The course has been designed for current and future leaders working in organisations that recognise the importance of sustainable development, and are committed to sharing their knowledge, experience and learning from others. It is an award of the University of Cambridge, and equivalent to one third of a Master’s degree.
It is assumed that participants will have a reasonably good general knowledge of some of the issues dealt with during the programme. However, it is not essential to have specialised knowledge, and it is not assumed that participants have direct responsibility for sustainability or related areas, such as CSR or environmental affairs.
In recognition of the practical challenges of participants undertaking study whilst holding down a full-time job, the programme does not require prolonged periods away from the workplace. Besides the short residential workshops, the core of the programme is an individual piece of work-related research and the development of a strategic action plan that is relevant to the participant's organisation.
A group project helps to ensure that as much inter-organisational learning takes place as possible. An online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) facilitates communication and collaboration between the short, intensive workshops.
The course runs for nine months and encompasses the following key elements:
- A three-week preparatory phase;
- Two residential workshops;
- Ongoing virtual and non-residential learning activities, including preparatory materials (readings / videos / audios) in advance of the residential workshops;
- Two individual assignments and a collaborative research project;
- Support and facilitation from a team of programme tutors;
- Informal and formal collaboration with fellow participants via email, teleconferences, face-to-face meetings, and the VLE.
In addition to attending the workshops, it is estimated that participants need to undertake at least 3–4 hours of work every week to complete the programme successfully.
Lectures: 40 hours
Seminars and classes: 4 hours
Small-group teaching: 6 hours
Supervision: 6 hours
The following topics are covered at the two workshops:
Analysis paper, 3000 words
Strategic action plan, 3000 words
Group project, 7,000 words
Each assignment contributes one third to the final overall grade.
PCSVC is the equivalent to the first third of the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership programme. The topics covered correspond with those taught during the first Master's workshop and the assignments undertaken are similar to those completed in the first year of the Master's programme.
Alumni of PCSVC who are admitted on to the Master's may be exempt from attending the first Master's workshop (although they are welcome to join for the week), and undertaking the first-year assignments. If exemption is granted, the fee payable is reduced.
It is not necessary to complete the Postgraduate Certificate prior to applying for the Master’s. Furthermore, while completing the PCSVC successfully may strengthen applications to the Master’s, it does not result in preferential access or negate the need to satisfy the Master’s-specific admissions requirements.
How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying
Bursary funding is available for deserving candidates who are currently prevented from applying due to financial reasons. These will offer financial support of 25-30% of the programme fee, and in some exceptional cases up to 50% of the programme fee, to assist selected applicants.
The "Italian Food and Wine" MSc degree will focus on the understanding, management, promotion and protection of high-value food products, including wine.
In this MSc course, the internationally-recognised Italian food production system is analysed as a model for defining and characterising the individual elements that contribute to the unique value of food products that are inextricably linked to place (terroir) through historic, social and cultural ties. These elements also include more recent developments in technology, nutrition, food safety, diet and health, and sensory science that are at the heart of a growing international demand for terroir-related high-value foods.
The specific learning outcome is a deep understanding of the multi-faceted characteristics that distinguish these foods from others in the marketplace and that can be exploited in products’ valorisation and consumer information strategies both in the EU and international markets. The ultimate objective of this multi-disciplinary program is to train professionals who are well-versed in the complex system of producing high-value foods and wines whose quality is profoundly linked to tradition and place of origin.
This programme is open to Italian and foreign students interested in learning and implementing effective actions for the valorisation of high-quality food products and wines.
Graduates will be expert in the technical and economical management, valorisation and protection of high quality agro-food products - in an export and territorial development-oriented perspective - by using the Italian system as the reference model. He/she will find employment opportunities in quality-oriented agro-food companies, in producers' organizations, and in public and private consultancy companies involved in the protection, valorisation, marketing, consulting, training and communication activities for high-quality agro-food products.
The most relevant positions concern: ii) marketing of high-quality foods and wines, on both the EU and international market; ii) design and implementation of promotion and protection strategies for these products; iii) management of producers' organizations; iv) 'off-trade' and 'on-trade' buying activities, mainly in the international market; v) information on high-quality foods and wines management; vi) planning and management of territorial development strategies based on 'terroir-related' quality agro-food products.
During the two-years MSc course students choose 12 course units – according to their individual background and interest - among the following:
Plant biodiversity and food
Animal biodiversity and food
Quality, processing and sensorial analysis of Italian food
Quality, processing and sensorial analysis of Italian wine
Food microbiology and quality
Food safety and hygiene
Food traceability for food quality
Food, wine and nutrition
Value adding quality schemes and consumer demand
Food and Wine-based territorial valorization and rural development
Quality-oriented Food and Wine management and governance
Food, wine and society
Food and Wine history and anthropology
Food and wine: perspectives from abroad
Foreign language (Italian or English)
Teaching includes lectures, laboratory and field activities, practical exercises, and seminars by outside experts that feature a rich variety of relevant case studies of Italian foods and wines. Opportunities for intensive tutoring and for master thesis-related stages of at least six months duration will be available with outstanding companies in this sector of the food industry or with other relevant organisations in the private or public sphere.
Visit the MSc “Italian food and wine” page on the Università di Padova web-site (http://www.unipd.it/en/italian-food-and-wine) for more details.
The University of Padova, the Veneto Region and other organisations offer various scholarship schemes to support students. Below is a list of the funding opportunities that are most often used by international students in Padova.
You can find more information below and on our website here: http://www.unipd.it/en/studying-padova/funding-and-fees/scholarships
You can find more information on fee waivers here: http://www.unipd.it/en/fee-waivers
Market analysts and industry experts all agree that Luxury Goods firms perform better than others even in turbulent times. The reason for this lies in their ability to fulfil the need for the exceptional expressed by a growing number of customers all over the world.
The International Master in Luxury Management is a unique double-degree programme created jointly by NEOMA Business School and MIP Politecnico in Milan. We have combined our academic and professional expertise and practice to deliver a curriculum specialised in how to understand, create and manage value in the luxury sector.
Associating French and Italian expertise, and with the support of our prestigious partners GUCCI and Champagne Taittinger, the programme covers the creation and the management of value in the luxury sector, from the product design to distribution.
The programme trains specialist managers in the luxury industry for senior positions in Luxury Goods companies.
Thanks to our interactive approach based on active learning with numerous case studies, business seminars and company visits, you will acquire hands-on knowledge of the major aspects of luxury management.
The International Master in Luxury Management is a cross-disciplinary programme delivered in English, in partnership with Gucci and Champagne Taittinger, through which you will:
Taught entirely in English, the curriculum reflects the complementary expertise of NEOMA BS and MIP Politecnico di Milano and of our corporate partners, Gucci and Champagne Taittinger.
NEOMA BS, Reims (France) from September till December.
This phase will give you an overview of the competitive structure and business models in the Luxury sector. It focuses on the key values of luxury assets. You will learn to understand value creation foundation, discover the fundamentals of luxury management and leadership, and then gradually move on to luxury markets (multicultural perspective) and understanding luxury company assets (turning brands into assets).
Study tour in Paris :
At the end of November, the students will benefit from visits of companies and businesses related to the luxury industry in Paris, culminating with a challenge.
This first term ends with case studies on exploiting assets in luxury markets (defining the potential for growth) before you move on to Milan.
MIP POLITECNICO DI MILANO, Milan (Italy), from January till June.
You will explore the creation and delivery of value. You will work on with value management in production, the transformation of cultural products into luxury products and collections, and of superior craftsmanship into outstanding products. You will also study how to convey the luxury experience through communication and retail (Digital Communication, Product & Collection Design, Operations & Quality Management, Supply Chain & Purchasing Management, Channel & Retail Management, and Communication & Promotion).
NEOMA BS, Reims (France), and MIP POLITECNICO DI MILANO, Milan (Italy), from July till December
You will undertake a Project or a Professional Thesis. This is also when you may develop professional experience in a firm involved in luxury management, though an optional internship (4 to 6-month, either in France or abroad).
The programme trains specialist managers in the luxury industry for senior positions in Luxury Goods companies.
A few of the possible jobs to which you can aspire: