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The University of Turin is set to launch a new three-year degree course in Mountain Sciences and Technologies (MONTES) for the 2023-2024 academic year, subject to final approval by ministerial bodies by the end of spring. MONTES is being spearheaded by the Department of Agricultural, Forestry and Food Sciences (DISAFA) and the Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology (DBIOS), with the support of the Department of Earth Sciences (DST).

The course will be open to all and will be hosted at the Grugliasco university campus, but will also make use of external locations, such as the Angelo Mosso Scientific Institute, which is located at an altitude of 2901 m, in the Municipality of Alagna-Valsesia, on the border with the Municipality of Gressoney la Trinité, and the ALPSTREAM Centre, which is located in the Municipality of Ostana, inside the Monviso Park and near the sources of the Po.

MONTES is an interclass and interdepartmental degree course, combining knowledge and management of natural resources (forests, pastures, water, including the cryosphere, wildlife, geodiversity and biodiversity) with primary production (wood and agricultural and pastoral production), through the introduction of new technologies and business management, with a view to sustainability and adaptation to climate change. The course will prepare students with the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge necessary to operate with high levels of competence in the fields of analysis, planning, and management of development strategies for mountain areas.

Upon completion of the course, students will have the option to move towards the profession or continue their studies with a master’s degree, which can be chosen from among those offered by the DISAFA or DBIOS departments, owing to the very nature of the course.

The project has been widely shared with stakeholders, such as the FAO-Mountain Partnership and the National Union of Municipalities, Communities, and Mountain Authorities, since its conception. The University of Turin has demonstrated its commitment to the mountain world, not only through the creation and management of research and teaching structures dedicated to the mountain environment but also through the coordination of the UNITA Alliance, a consortium of six universities that joins in an imaginary line from west to east the Serra de Estrela (University of Beira Interior, Portugal), the Pyrenees (University of Zaragoza and University of Pau and the Adour Countries), the Alps (University of Savoie-Mont Blanc and University of Turin), and the mountains of Banat (University of Vest Din Timisoara).

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News by the Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences at the University of Turin