Collaboration is one of the strongest points of SLU. Besides taking courses at other Swedish universities I have been allowed to take an intensive study program at LaSalle-Beauvais, a french university focused in agriculture and located in Picardy a region close to Paris.
The program is about project management applied to plant breeding, which is perfect because it complements a course that I already took at SLU (read Genetic Diversityt and Plant Breeding 15c) and also because project management is useful to formulate research projects and apply to grants which is essential in a scientific career- which I pretend to follow.
The course goes for two weeks, so I am staying for that period in France. The lectures so far have been mostly good, but to be honest accommodation has not been very comfortable and organization in general has felt a bit chaotic. Maybe I am spoiled by the Swedish system, in which everything is neat, beautiful, organized and working smoothly (heeh, it sounds like I am missing Sweden indeed). Nonetheless, it has been interesting to compare universities and agriculture in France and Sweden.
These weeks will focus my posts on my experience in France, including some traveling I have done 🙂