Valorization and sustainable development of mountain areas

Paese di montagna
Valorization and sustainable development of mountain areas
Scheda del corso
A.A. 2022/2023
Laurea magistrale
LM-73 - SCIENZE E TECNOLOGIE FORESTALI E AMBIENTALI
Laurea magistrale
120
Crediti
Accesso
Libero con valutazione dei requisiti di accesso
2
Anni
Sede
Edolo (BS)
Lingua
Inglese

The Master's Degree Programme in Valorization and sustainable development of mountain areas, taught in English, aims to form professionals who are capable of promoting the enhancement, development and sustainable management of mountain territories, by applying innovative approaches and a systemic vision. Multidisciplinary training will integrate environmental and agro-forestry knowledge with proficiency in the economic, legal, historical-geographical and communication skills necessary to clearly delineate the specifics of mountain territories.

The graduate will be able to promote the creation of products and/or services of economic and social value beginning from the specific environmental, natural and agro-forestry resources of the mountains, following the principles of sustainability and in relation to local and global processes operating at the level of environmental (e.g., climate change) and socio-economic factors (depopulation, competitiveness and new models of development, etc.) and related national, European and international intervention policies.

The master's degree programme will allow graduates to acquire concrete knowledge, skills and abilities specific to the environmental characteristics of mountain agro-forest ecosystems, specific technologies and methods for monitoring and sustainable management of the mountain environment and its resources, and to optimize the services rendered (ecosystem services, tourism, etc.) and the products that can be obtained.

The Master's Degree Course in VALORIZATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF MOUNTAIN AREAS, taught in English, aims to form professionals who are capable of promoting the enhancement, development and sustainable management of mountain territories, by applying innovative approaches and a systemic vision. Multidisciplinary training will integrate environmental and agro-forestry knowledge with proficiency in the economic, legal, historical-geographical and communication skills necessary to clearly delineate the specifics of mountain territories. This will foster the ability to highlight and transmit unique and valuable elements of the mountain context. The graduate will be able to promote the creation of products and/or services of economic and social value beginning from the specific environmental, natural and agro-forestry resources of the mountains, following the principles of sustainability and in relation to local and global processes operating at the level of environmental (e.g., climate change) and socio-economic factors (depopulation, competitiveness and new models of development, etc.) and related national, European and international intervention policies.
The master's degree program will allow graduates to acquire concrete knowledge, skills and abilities specific to the environmental characteristics of mountain agro-forest ecosystems, specific technologies and methods for monitoring and sustainable management of the mountain environment and its resources, and to optimize the services rendered (ecosystem services, tourism, etc.) and the products that can be obtained. Indeed, the training aims to promote the sustainable enhancement of the specific resources of mountain territories in strategic sectors for the economy such as tourism (e.g., planning and promotion of greenways and paths, dissemination/environmental education), energy from renewable sources, as well as (with regard to "bio-resources" and mountain agrobiodiversity) traditional local short supply chains (e.g. agritourism companies, catering, crafts, etc.) but also in typical industrial supply chains in various sectors such as agri-food, medicinal/health, nutraceutical, cosmetic, manufacturing (e.g. textile) biotechnology, or in the context of the bioeconomy and the circular economy. The specific knowledge, skills and competence of a historical-geographical, juridical-legislative and economic nature will allow the graduate to contribute to the development of business, marketing (product, service and territorial strategies) appropriate to the mountain context, both for the start-up of new businesses and for the planning and management of interventions in the context of programs and strategies for the development of these areas. Furthermore, the expert professional of the mountain territory knows how to use effective communication techniques and methodologies (transversal skills applicable across a range of sectors) including the most innovative digital technologies (web, social, etc.). This is essential to effective interaction with service and innovation centres, between the mountain and urban, local and "global" scales, for continuous training, networking, technical-scientific dissemination and outreach, as well as the marketing of the territory and its products and services. The master's degree in VALORIZATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF MOUNTAIN AREAS is characterized by unique elements with regard to training for the management and sustainable development of mountain territories, including international orientation (the inclusion of these territories in an international framework of dialogue is essential to their development) and multidisciplinarity. Another unique aspect is the logistical location of the course, which takes place entirely at the UNIMONT pole of the University of Milan, which has been active for 25 years at Edolo (a mountain municipality in the central Alps) exclusively dedicated to the development of mountain areas through teaching, research and third mission activities. The location of the centre favours teaching within the mountain environment and gives students the opportunity to experience, on a day-to-day basis, the characteristics of the territory that, as professionals, they will influence. However, from a methodological and operational point of view students are guaranteed an experience that is anything but "local", as UNIMONT is part of an "ecosystem" that includes the main sector stakeholders at regional, national and international levels, effectively connecting the local dimension with the supra-local, facilitating the processes of innovation, capacity building and empowerment of human capital essential for the enhancement of these territories. Therefore, the master?s course is specific for mountain areas, includes multidisciplinary and the connection between the local and the ?global? dimension.
The graduate in VALORIZATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF MOUNTAIN AREAS is a specialist in the enhancement and sustainable development of mountain areas who operates using innovative and specific scientific and technological methods and approaches with particular reference to the analysis, monitoring, conservation, management and enhancement of natural and agro-forestry resources (e.g. analysis and monitoring of mountain ecosystems, planning of forestry and silvicultural restoration and conservation actions, protection and production functions including ecosystem services; collaboration in defining natural resource management plans, enhancing agrobiodiversity, etc.). The graduate will be able to collaborate in the design, implementation and promotion of unique products and/or services of economic and/or social value deriving from the environmental and agroforestry resources of the mountain territory (e.g. planning and coordinating interdisciplinary interventions for the tourist/recreational and educational use of the territory; enhance and promote the use of energy from renewable sources, with specific reference to local sources and the forest-wood-energy supply chain; collaborate in defining processes for enhancing traditional and innovative local products, etc.). The graduate can use their training for the identification of business strategies and resource enhancement in relation to specific governance and development policies and regulations, participation in the management of projects for the enhancement and development of the mountain territory in the context of local, regional and national programs, and European and international cooperation. The graduate can apply digital technologies and communication methods to networking, strategic marketing and scientific dissemination of environmental resources and products and services of mountain areas.
Additionally, graduates will have the ability to understand and interpret the specific legal, administrative and socio-economic cultural framework of these territories, to understand dynamic phenomena related to change (climatic and demographic), within the context of the planning of interventions allowing ecological and digital transitions for the definition of new models of sustainable development.

The graduate is able to:
- recognize the specific environmental, natural and agro-forestry resources of the mountains and the ecosystem services connected to them;
- evaluate the evolution and effects of climatic and anthropogenic factors on the natural and agro-forestry components of the environment, the main impacts and adaptation and/or mitigation strategies;
- recognize and safeguard biodiversity heritage using specific intervention programs, including didactic-educational actions, with particular reference to agro-biodiversity;
- apply scientific, technological and economic knowledge to collaborate in the promotion of processes for enhancing traditional and/or innovative products from raw materials (bio-resources, agrobiodiversity) from natural and mountain agro-forest ecosystems, interacting with specialists from different sectors in multidisciplinary working groups;
- identify calls for regional, national and European funding programs for the development of mountain areas and collaborate in the design and management of systemic enhancement and development interventions;
- use territorial information systems and the most innovative technological tools for territorial monitoring, management and planning, also for the purposes of tourism and energy enhancement;
- apply specific knowledge about the economic and cultural environment in which companies and public and private subjects operate, identifying appropriate strategies for enhancing resources, additionally to support decision-making processes in governance, in the planning of interventions for territorial development and enhancement products/services;
- apply specific knowledge regarding the juridical-legislative framework from which policies, strategies, programs and regulations relating to the sustainable development of mountain territories are derived, for the planning of sustainable development interventions and technical support for managing the complexity of these areas;
- work in interdisciplinary and international groups;
- apply economic and marketing knowledge to working processes for territorial development (territorial marketing);
- apply specific technical knowledge to collaborate with professionals from sectors specializing in promoting the use of energy from local renewable sources, combining methods of assessing economic sustainability with methods of quantifying environmental impacts;
- apply knowledge related to the use of digital technologies and communication tools for networking and effective interaction with service and innovation centres, strategic marketing and technical-scientific training and dissemination.
Professional opportunities include entrepreneurial activities, or as a freelance consultant or employee with coordination and responsibility roles in private or public, national or international companies in strategic sectors for the mountain economy, such as environmental, environmental tourism, agro-forestry, energy and project management for the development of mountain areas at:
- technical-professional firms and consultancy and design companies for the enhancement and development of the territory;
- forestry companies and consortia;
- local action groups - LAGs;
- territorial and tourism promotion consortia;
- farms;
- syndicates of agricultural producers;
- trade associations;
- parks and protected areas;
- Municipalities, consortia and unions of Municipalities, Mountain Communities, Provinces, Regions, Ministries;
- developmental agencies;
- foundations and NGOs;
- training and dissemination bodies and companies;
- research and development bodies;
Graduates can carry out freelance activities as a Doctor in Agronomy and Forestry, and after passing the state exam and enrolment they can access recruitment contests for positions as officials of the former State Forestry Corps and other Environmental Policing Corps, pursue a research doctorate in Italy or abroad, or a second level master's degree.

The professional profile covers the following categories:
Agronomists and Foresters; Planners, landscape architects and specialists in the reclamation and conservation of the territory; Researchers and technicians with degrees in agricultural, zootechnical and animal production sciences; Editors of technical journals.

Statistiche occupazionali (Almalaurea)
The Master's Degree Course offers ample opportunities for study abroad mainly through the Erasmus + program which includes about 30 foreign universities located in the countries of the European Community and the Swiss Mobility Program. The sectors that can be developed at the partner universities embrace all the specific areas of the Master's Degree Course. The definition of the study program (learning agreement) takes place in collaboration with the Erasmus manager of the study course, both with regards to the choice of exams and the organization of the internship at the partner university. Before completing the learning agreement, the student must obtain formal approval, from professors holding equivalent or similar courses at the University of Milan, of the exams to be taken at the host university. To carry out an experimental activity abroad, which can constitute part or all of the internship activity, a letter of consent is required from a professor of the partner university and the formal approval of the objectives, of the program and the period of the internship by a professor of the course of study who acts as a supervisor. The grade and the associated credits obtained in the partner universities are recognized almost in their entirety, thus giving the students the certainty that what work carried out at the host university is then positively evaluated in their study curriculum. There are also other opportunities for cultural exchanges with universities that have established agreements with our university but which are not part of the Erasmus system. These belong to non-community areas such as China, Japan, and Latin America. Thus, through the constant interaction in European and international working groups, as part of the degree course in "Valorization and Sustainable Development of Mountain Areas", students will have the opportunity to activate Erasmus exchanges and internships at research and universities both in the Alpine Region and in an international non-European context.
The participation of the UNIMONT pole in the principle networks of institutes and research centres active on interdisciplinary issues relating to the enhancement and sustainable development of mountain areas and their specifics (https://www.unimontagna.it/networking/livello-internazionale/), facilitates the interaction between students and the specific international "ecosystem" of innovation for mountain areas, increasing opportunities to gain specific experiences abroad at these institutions.
Attendance of the training activities is strongly recommended.
Immatricolazione
The Master's Degree Course in Valorization and Sustainable Development of Mountain Areas is of open access. Admission is subject to verification of possession of the required curricula studied during the first degree, the skills and knowledge acquired in specific scientific-disciplinary sectors and language skills (English). Graduates in the degree classes: L-25 (Agricultural, agri-food and forestry sciences and technologies, ex DM 270/04) or in the L-20 degree class (Agricultural, agro-food and forestry sciences and technologies, ex DM 509/1999) can access the Master's Degree Course, or those in possession of an equivalent qualification obtained abroad.
The course can also be accessed by graduates from classes other than those indicated above, who have acquired at least 60 ECTS credits in the following scientific-disciplinary sectors (SDS):
- BIO/01 - General botany
- BIO/02 - Systematic botany
- BIO/03 - Environmental and applied botany
- BIO/04 - Plant physiology
- BIO/05 - Zoology
- CHIM/03 - General and inorganic chemistry
- CHIM/06 - Organic chemistry
- FIS/01 - Experimental physics
- FIS/02 - Theoretical physics, mathematical models and methods
- FIS/03 - Physics of matter
- FIS/04 - Nuclear and subnuclear physics
- FIS/05 - Astronomy and astrophysics
- FIS/06 - Physics of the Earth and of the circumterrestrial medium
- FIS/07 - Applied Physics (Cultural Heritage, Environment, Biology and Medicine)
- MAT/01 - Mathematical logic
- MAT/02 - Algebra
- MAT/03 - Geometry
- MAT/04 - Mathematics education and history of mathematics
- MAT/05 - Mathematical analysis
- MAT/06 - Probability and statistics
- MAT/07 - Mathematical physics
- MAT/08 - Numerical analysis
- MAT/09 - Operations research
- AGR/01 - Agricultural economics and rural appraisal
- AGR/02 - Agronomy and field crops
- AGR/03 - Arboriculture and fruitculture
- AGR/04 - Vegetable and ornamental crops
- AGR/05 - Forest management and silviculture
- AGR/06 - Wood technology and forestry operations
- AGR/07 - Agricultural genetics
- AGR/08 - Agricultural hydraulics and watershed protection
- AGR/09 - Agricultural machinery and mechanization
- AGR/10 - Rural buildings and agroforest planning
- AGR/11 - General and applied entomology
- AGR/12 - Plant pathology
- AGR/13 - Agricultural chemistry
- AGR/14 - Pedology
- AGR/15 - Food science and technology
- AGR/16 - Agricultural microbiology
- AGR/17 - Livestock systems, animal breeding and genetics
- AGR/18 - Animal nutrition and feeding
- AGR/19 - Animal science
- AGR/20 - Aquaculture, poultry and rabbit science
- GEO/02 - Stratigraphy and sedimentology
- GEO/04 - Physical geography and geomorphology
- GEO/06 - Mineralogy
- GEO/07 - Petrology and petrography
- VET/01 - Veterinary anatomy
- VET/02 - Veterinary physiology
For holders of a qualification obtained abroad, the attribution of credits to the various SDSs will take place on the basis of the contents of the relevant courses present in the student's previous career. For this purpose, a special admissions commission has been set up. An individual interview will be scheduled to ascertain the adequacy of the student's personal preparation in relation to the educational objectives of the master's degree course.
In the case of a requirement for curricular additions, the admissions commission will promptly indicate any specific shortcomings and knowledge to be acquired by each student. Any curricular supplements in terms of ECTS credits must be acquired before enrolment.
Candidates who do not have the required three-year qualification can apply for pre-enrolment if they have acquired at least 150 ECTS credits required by the teaching regulations of the degree program of origin. In any case, the possession of the qualification must be certified by and no later than the enrolment deadline set for the academic year of reference, under penalty of exclusion from the procedure.

Proficiency in English at a B2 level or higher, under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), is required for admission.
The B2-level requirement will be ascertained by the University Language Centre (SLAM) upon admission as follows:
- Language certificate at or above B2, obtained no more than three years earlier. For the list of language certificates recognized by the University please review: https://www.unimi.it/en/node/39267/). The certificate must be uploaded when submitting the online application;
- English level achieved during a Bachelor's degree programme through SLAM courses and tests. The test must have been passed within the last four years. It will be assessed administratively, without the applicant having to attach any certificates;
- Placement Test delivered by the University Language Centre (SLAM), which will take place according to the schedule posted to the website: https://www.unimi.it/en/node/39267/
All those who fail to submit a valid certificate or do not meet the required proficiency level will be invited to take the test through the admission procedure.
Candidates who do not sit or pass the placement test will have until 31 December 2022 to obtain and submit a recognized certificate to SLAM.
Students who do not meet the requirement by 31 December will not be admitted to the Master's degree programme and may not sit further tests.

The candidate will be called for interview to verify the adequacy of the initial preparation which will be held on the dates indicated: 26 September 2022 at 14.00 and 10 January 2023 at 14.00.
The interviews will take place face to face or via videoconference, in a manner that will be communicated to the candidates within one week of the fixed date.

Ammissione

Domanda di ammissione: dal 15/03/2022 al 31/10/2022

Domanda di immatricolazione: dal 01/04/2022 al 16/01/2023


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Manifesto ed elenco insegnamenti
Primo semestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Obbligatorio
Bioresources for innovation in mountain products 12 112 Inglese AGR/16 CHIM/06 VET/04
Environmental geology for mountain areas 6 48 Inglese GEO/05
Geographic and historical development of the mountain in the long run 6 64 Inglese M-GGR/01 SECS-P/12
Secondo semestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Obbligatorio
Applied statistics for mountain agri-environmental analyses 6 56 Inglese SECS-S/01
European union law 6 48 Inglese IUS/14
Mountain ecosystems and biodiversity valorization 12 112 Inglese AGR/19 BIO/03
Sustainable management and bioeconomy of mountain forests 8 80 Inglese AGR/05
sarà attivato dall'A.A. 2023/2024
Primo semestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Obbligatorio
Economics, management and valorization of mountain goods and services 8 72 Inglese AGR/01
Renewable energy and mountain sustainable environment management 6 56 Inglese AGR/09
Secondo semestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Obbligatorio
Infrastructures and landscape planning for sustainable tourism in mountain areas 6 48 Inglese AGR/10
Web communication theories and techniques 6 48 Inglese SPS/08
Attività conclusive
Per queste attività non è previsto un periodo di offerta (es. corsi online a frequenza libera).
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Obbligatorio
Internship 6 0 Inglese
Final exam 20 0 Inglese
Attività a scelta e regole di composizione del piano didattico
- The teaching plan includes 8 self-chosen ECTS credits, to be acquired with modules offered by the University of Milan.
Some of the activities of your choice may include the attendance of seminars, conferences, refresher courses, or other activities organized by the university or another body, always following a favourable assessment from the Academic Board, and can usually allow students to acquire up to a maximum of 4 ECTS credits.
These activities must appear in the study plan and are freely chosen by the student with the help of the tutor, but must be approved by the Academic Board which judges their consistency with the master's course.
Primo semestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Facoltativo
Gli strumenti della parità di genere 3 24 Italiano IUS/08
Secondo semestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Facoltativo
Laboratorio sostenibilita' e sviluppo sostenibile (4cfu - Scienze e tecniche della ristorazione) 4 32 Italiano AGR/13 IUS/01 SECS-P/01 SPS/04
Laboratorio: sostenibilità e sviluppo sostenibile (3 cfu) corso base 3 24 Italiano AGR/01 AGR/13 IUS/01 SECS-P/01 SPS/04
Pari opportunità e carriere scientifiche (G) 3 24 Italiano SPS/09
Secondo trimestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Facoltativo
Diritto comparato, sostenibilità e sicurezza alimentare 6 40 Italiano IUS/02
Terzo trimestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Facoltativo
Laboratorio "new public governance e coproduzione dei servizi pubblici" 3 20 Italiano SECS-P/10
Periodo non definito
Per queste attività non è previsto un periodo di offerta (es. corsi online a frequenza libera).
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Facoltativo
Additional language skills: italian (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italiano
Other training activities (1 ECTS) 1 0 Inglese
Other training activities (4 ECTS) 4 0 Inglese
Attività a scelta e regole di composizione del piano didattico
- STUDENTS HAVE TO ACQUIRE AN ADDITIONAL 4 CREDITS.

Additional Language Skills: Italian (foreign students).

To obtain the degree, students without an Italian degree or diploma are required to attain an Italian language proficiency at level A2 within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This level can be assessed by the end of the degree course in the following ways:
- by submitting the language certificate achieved no more than three years prior to the submission, at level A2 or higher, recognised by the University (the list of recognised language certificates can be found at: https://www.unimi.it/en/node/349/). The language certificate must be uploaded through the service https://informastudenti.unimi.it/saw/ess?AUTH=SAML by choosing the category SLAM;
- by an entry-level test, organised by SLAM, which can be taken at the beginning of every semester.

Students who fail to reach level A2 will have to attend a 60-hour Italian course organised by SLAM and to pass the final test during the I semester of the second year of study in order to earn 3 ECTS credits of Additional Language Skills: Italian.
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua Periodo SSD
Additional language skills: italian (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italiano Periodo non definito
Other training activities (1 ECTS) 1 0 Inglese Periodo non definito
Other training activities (4 ECTS) 4 0 Inglese Periodo non definito
Altre informazioni
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Edolo (BS)
Presidente del Collegio didattico
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