Supported by the Hort Frontiers Leadership Fund to address the need to develop more leaders and innovators within the horticulture industry, the Masterclass in Horticultural Business is the first course of its kind in Australia. It combines the expertise of the leading Australian horticulture university, the University of Tasmania, with New Zealand’s specialist land-based university, Lincoln, and what is currently ranked the number one university in agriculture and forestry in the world, the Wageningen Research Academy in the Netherlands.
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, value chains, governance and risk, international business, and innovation. Some industries (including 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. The third intake commences in February 2019.
Applications for the Masterclass are made via the UTAS website