The MSc Food Identity programme is a European Joint Master course delivering a mix of joint and multiple degrees.
These different degrees have national accreditations in France, in Italy and Romania.
- In FRANCE, the degree is one single joint degree delivered by 3 institutions : Ecole Supérieure d’Agricultures, VetAgroSup Clermont and Université d’Angers. This degree is named DNM or Diplôme National de Master.
The DNM is registered in domains of education and confers a ‘mention‘. In this mention exists also the track (parcours) Food IDentity. The degree was renewed for accreditation in 2017 for 5 years. The complete name and reference in the French education system are the following:
Domaine Sciences, Technologies, Santé Mention: Sciences et technologie de l’agriculture, de l’alimentation et de l’environnement Parcours : Food Identity (accredited for 2017-2021; n° 20170963; NOR : ESRS1700126A)
The MSc degree in the European approach for quality Assurance:
The DNM degree is renewed every 4-5 years by the French ministry of education (MESRI) after an evaluation controled by Haut Conseil de l’Evaluation de la Recherche et de l’Enseignement Supérieur (HCERES). HCERES is a French institution in the European Framework for Quality Assurance in Higher Education and is registered in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR). The role of EQAR is to keep a register of the quality assurance agencies that comply with the requirements of the European standards (ESG). At EU level, the external evaluation of HCERES is done by the European Association for Quality in Higher Education (ENQA) which promote the quality assurance framework within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
- USAMV – Cluj-Napoca , Romania the awarded degree is under the national accreditation of the Romanian Ministry of Education which has accreditated the Masterat Agribusiness of USAMV. This accreditation is renewed every year.
- UCSC – Piacenza, Italy is delivering a Master universitario di primo livello Food-Identity (Prodotti tipici europei). This accreditation is renewed every year by UCSC to the italian Ministry of Education.
At USAMV as well as at UCSC, the accreditations are controled by national agencies for quality assurance in the framework of ENQA.
This situation lead to a mix of a joint French MSc degree (DNM among French Higher Education Institutions) and other national degrees in Italy and Romania (situation called multiple degrees at European level).
In term of consortium organisation, a diploma jury is organised once a year for the 3 degrees and to validate the track of the students. Any student needs to earn 120 ECTS credits to validate his/her degree. ECTS awarded in France, in Italy and in Greece are recognised by institutional partners to validate their own degree. The italian master degree requires, on top of this mutual recognition, a dichiarazione di valore for the previous foreign degree (BSc for example) from the Italian consulate where is obtained this degree. This declaration of value must be done before the diploma jury to obtain the Italian degree.