The Master of Science in Urban Agriculture and Green Cities, launched in 2017, welcomed its second intake this year.
There are no fewer than six nationalities on this new Master’s program, which shows that urban agriculture is attracting international attention. Marie-Asma Ben-Othmen, Program Head, welcomes this: « This geographical diversity, combined with the students’ educational background (Agronomy, Biology, Environmental Management, Landscape Planning, Applied Arts, etc.) attests to the appeal of this new program ».
We sense a strong desire from students to develop new forms of agriculture and to combine them with contemporary urban issues. After studying at the New School in New York, Coddy explains: « I completed the last 3 years of my undergraduate degree in NYC. It was the separation from nature I experienced there which made me really crave more of it, and see how privileged I was to grow up amongst the trees. It made me want to work to restore natural spaces in urban areas that have been severed from the natural world. I am here at UniLasalle because the program is unlike any other in the world! And because the French Republic supports green infrastructure projects ».
Also from New York (Manhattan College), Maggie adds: « I decided to choose this Master’s because there aren’t any programs in the United States yet for Urban Agriculture and Green Cities. The future of our cities is going in the direction of urban agriculture and UniLaSalle is offering great courses and realistic opportunities for us students ».
This feeling is shared by French student Julie, who also joined the Master’s program at the start of the academic year: « I chose this Master’s because, for me, it addresses the issues of tomorrow – teaching people to buy locally-sourced food, how to farm land and to add value to urban areas. I also believe that studying sustainable development in cities is important for maintaining, often overlooked, biodiversity and balance. This specialization has grown considerably throughout the world. »
Soon, students will have to put their skills to the test in group projects. They will focus on cultural practices in urban agriculture in cities, setting up a project to combat food waste, and repurposing urban wastelands.
Contact : Marie-Asma Ben Othmen, Head of the Master – Marie-Asma.email@example.com