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Plant Breeders' Rights for Food Security and Economic Development

Wageningen University & Research

Certificate / Diploma Short course Wageningen

Course description

Qualification Certificate
Field of study Agriculture and environment
Course summary At Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI) we work on processes of innovation and change in the areas of food security, adaptive agriculture, sustainable markets and ecosystem governance.
Course description Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation facilitates innovation, brokers knowledge and develops capacities with a focus on food systems, rural development, agri-business and the management of natural resources. Our work links Wageningen UR's knowledge and expertise with processes of society-wide learning and innovation. In the search for solutions to poverty, hunger, climate change and environmental degradation, 'business as usual' is not an option. A sustainable and equitable future demands markets with a triple bottom line that balance the needs of People, Planet and Profit. Linking technological and institutional innovation becomes critical. Such innovation calls for citizens, governments, businesses, NGOs and the scientific community to work together in new ways.
Study subjects Legal aspects: legal framework, UPOV system, other sui generis systems, patents. Institutional aspects: procedures and administration, organisational set-up, variety registration. Technical aspects: DUS principles, UPOV technical guidelines, field testing, biochemical/ molecular techniques, statistics, data analysis,reporting, variety denomination. Exploitation of Plant Breeders' Rights: royalty collection systems, enforcing rights, farm saved seed
Course objectives The course aims at facilitating the introduction and practical implementation of Plant Breeders' Rights in countries where legislation on this matter is being developed or has recently been passed. The objective of the course is to have participants trained for their abilities to function in a variety registration system.
ECTS credits 0.00
Duration 2 week(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, integration module, self evaluation, lecture, self study, excursion, tutorial, working group, group assignment, oral presentation, workshop, group discussion, individual assignment, poster presentation
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About the institution

Department Centre for Development Innovation
Information about the institution Wageningen University & Research is the only university in the Netherlands to focus specifically on the theme 'healthy food and living environment'.


Admission requirements
  1. BSc degree
  2. Basic knowledge of variety registration
Language requirements
IELTS overall band 6
TOEFL paper based 550
Professional experience required -
Duration 2 week(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
15 Jun 2020 4 May 2020 -
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2020 (FT)€ 3700€ 3700€ 3700

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


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