Teagasc welcomes Agricultural Graduates. Gerry Boyle, Chief Executive Officer of Teagasc told students at a graduation ceremony in UCD on 2 September that Teagasc and UCD have developed links that will “lead to the growth and sustainable development of the agricultural sector.”

2013 saw a 10 per cent increase in demand for agriculture and food courses in CAO applications. Graduating from UCD at the ceremony were students in Agriculture, Food Science and Human Nutrition Programmes from the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science.

Students from the UCD Dairy Business Programme graduated at the event. Launched in 2009 by Teagasc and UCD, the programme is designed to equip future leaders in the dairy industry with the necessary scientific, technical and business skills to cope with enterprise expansion. As part of the course students spent a semester at a dairy research centre in Moorpark Cork.

Boyle spoke at the event on the importance of education, that it should be “seen as an investment, not a cost”. He also advised graduates that “graduates with an agricultural or food science qualification have access to the best range of employment prospects due to their expertise and skills”.

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