The general objective of the project ENHANCE was to fully realize and to further develop the currently existing scientific potential of the agricultural economists of the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest, particularly with respect to quantitative methods like modelling, simulation, and econometrics as well as game theory, in order to support FMIEADR’s development as the leading actor in agricultural economics in Romania with a strong European network. This objective was achieved through 6 specific objectives, one of them being to raise the standards of postgraduate education through the implementation of three Summer schools (2016, 2017, and 2018) and the exchange of post-graduate researchers. The 2019 edition of the Summer school aims to continue improving the above mentioned standards and to establish this one-week event as a top educational destination in the field of agro-economics.
2016: Summer School on full scientific working (Organizer: BOKU)
The first USAMV Bucharest Agricultural Economics and Policy Summer School was organized by lecturers from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria. It aimed to promote the development of the participants’ competences related to scientific working in agricultural economics and policy, i.e. fundamental needs and requirements for Master or PhD Students and young researchers. This comprised courses on literature search including literature management and publishing, scientific writing/ writing journal articles with a focus on economic and social science as well as inter- and trans-disciplinary research, presentations (e.g. PowerPoint, graphics programmes), aspects related to manuscript submissions to a journal (e.g. choosing the right journal, special issues, templates, editing), science communication to stakeholders (e.g. different channels, social media, blogs). It put a specific focus on freeware (e.g. Gimp, LaTeX, R, Open Office, Zotero).
2017: Summer School on policy evaluation in agriculture (Organizer: AGROSCOPE)
The 2017 USAMV Bucharest Agricultural Economics and Policy Summer School started with basic welfare economic notions like the Pareto principles and dead-weight losses and then applied standard instruments of policy analysis to the different pillars of the Common Agricultural Policy. More innovative and broader tools applied by evaluation scholars such as qualitative analysis were applied towards the end of the course. Over the week, students developed a concept for evaluating a specific agricultural policy instrument.
2018: Summer School on institutional economics (Organizer: IAMO)
This summer school introduced the various concepts of defining and conceptualising economic institutions, focusing especially on institutions of natural resource use, agricultural production and agricultural markets. Examples were mainly derived from European countries where the experience of the transformation process of the last decades figures prominently. Whenever suitable, links with other theoretical approaches like game theory and behavioural economics were explored.
2019: Summer School on policy evaluation in agriculture (Organizers: USAMVB- through FMIEADR, AGROSCOPE, and BOKU)
The fourth USAMV Bucharest Agricultural Economics and Policy Summer School will focus again on “Policy Evaluation in Agriculture”. The course will start with the normative foundations of policy evaluation, will cover methodological tasks and finally present a case study. Students will have the opportunity to work on the concept themselves and to witness the everyday business of policy evaluation.