Horticulture industry sponsors scholarships


Australia’s horticulture industry has thrown its support behind the new Masterclass in Horticultural Business with $220,000 worth of scholarships to enhance capacity in the industry.

The Masterclass will be run by the University of Tasmania in 2017 and is the first of its kind in Australia for the horticulture industry.

Masterclass Leader, Dr Alistair Gracie, said it was great to see such strong support with   industry sponsoring scholarships to cover the full cost of tuition for 22 participants.

“The program aims to support the future growth and prosperity of the horticulture industry and has been specifically designed to develop our future leaders,” Dr Gracie said.

“We anticipate this program will become a prestigious and highly regarded education offering for Australia’s horticulture industry.

“The industry’s future success depends on a resilient, adaptable and innovative workforce that is equipped to change with industry demands. With this in mind, the program will provide students with practical knowledge and business skills that can be immediately put into practice, helping them take their businesses to the next level.

“The Masterclass has been tailor-made for Australian entrepreneurs in horticulture with the expertise from the University of Tasmania, Wageningen Academy in the Netherlands and New Zealand’s Lincoln University.

“The Masterclass is funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia who are also supporting participation in the program through a number of industry-backed scholarships.”

There are 22 industry-supported scholarships worth $10,000 each which will support people working within the horticulture industry to enhance their skills.

The scholarships include:

  • 15 Vegetable Scholarships, worth $150,000
  • 3 Agrilever Scholarships, worth $30,000
  • 3 Nursery Scholarships, worth $30,000
  • A Horticulture Innovation Scholarship, worth $10,000

Applications for scholarships close 15 January 2017. More information is available online www.utas.edu.au/masterclass-horticultural-business

Published on: 21 Dec 2016 7:51am