Based in Montpellier, CIHEAM-IAMM trains about 1000 students and trainees from around 30 countries every year on all its courses (Master, Master of Science, PhD, Continuing Professional Development, French as a Foreign Language). How does the institute, which combines training, research and international cooperation, contribute to the agricultural and rural development of the Mediterranean countries?
The Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier (IAMM) is one of the four institutes of the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), an intergovernmental organization created in 1962 dedicated to sustainable agriculture, food, nutritional security, rural development and coastal areas.
13 member states composed the CIHEAM (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, and Turkey). The CIHEAM has 4 Institutes based in Bari (Italy), Chania ( Greece), Montpellier (France) and Zaragoza (Spain) and a General Secretariat in Paris.
The missions of CIHEAM are divided into 4 pillars:
• Zero waste, whether in terms of food, natural resources, or knowledge.
• Sustainable farming and food systems
• Attractive rural areas to live and work
• Risk prevention and resolution of tensions
The areas of competence and action of CIHEAM-IAMM are focused on agricultural and territorial management, project engineering, public policies agricultural environmental food and rural fields. agrifood systems and agri-logistics.
94% of the students of the IAMM are foreigners. Most of them come from CIHEAM member states, but other nationalities are also represented.
Intercultural mixing is one of the key elements. “For students, it’s a place for exchanges and confrontations between their work, their ideas and the context of their country,” says Tahani Abdel Hakim, professor-researcher at CIHEAM-IAMM.
The CIHEAM-IAMM proposes 4 courses of Master (M2), all certified ISO 9001:
Master’s degree in Agricultural Management and Territories
Master’s degree in Project Engineering and Public Policy
Master’s degree in Value Chains and Agro-logistics
Master Economics of Agricultural Development of the Environment and Food
The doctoral platform permanently hosts fifteen Ph.D. students. The Institute’s researchers collaborate on numerous training, research, and development cooperation projects.
« International cooperation is an important and very active field of intervention for CIHEAM-IAMM. We thus find ourselves intervening at the very institutional level, in support of the Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, but also in a very operational way in the field with civil society actors or professionals » explains Jean-Paul Pellissier Assistant Head of development cooperation at CIHEAM-IAMM
Center for French as a Foreign Language
The IAMM has a center for French as a foreign language to facilitate the integration of students who are not fully french-speakers. This center is also open to external learners, especially to partners in the Montpellier scientific community. Every year, more than 500 people are trained there.
A Mediterranean campus of 7 hectares
The IAMM has a campus consisting of administrative and educational buildings, a residence that can accommodate a hundred students, a library, a cafeteria, and a restaurant, all inserted in a Mediterranean park. 7 hectares.