Supported by the Hort Innovation Leadership Fund, the Masterclass in Horticultural Business is the first course of its kind in Australia. It combines the expertise of what is\ currently ranked the number one university in agriculture and forestry in the world, the Wageningen Research Academy in the Netherlands, with New Zealand’s specialist land-based university, Lincoln, as well as the leading Australian horticulture university, the University of Tasmania.
The program is open to up to 30 entrants each year and is delivered online and face-to-face over nine months. Learning modules include global trends in agriculture and horticulture, international business, innovation, value chains, and governance and risk. Some industries (vegetable, apple and pear, cherry, nursery and summerfruit) have committed levy funding to provide scholarships to growers from their sector. Industry stakeholders wishing to participate can apply for HECS/HELP to assist with the cost of tuition ($10,000).
The inaugural class completed the program in November 2017 and attended their graduation ceremony at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, August 2018.
Applications for the Masterclass are made via the UTAS website