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The main objective of the Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership Biotech-Ma project is the development of an innovative second cycle joint degree programme in biotechnology, to provide biotech graduates with additional chances to find a suitable career position

The global biotechnology market is today a major growing sector and represents an important and concrete employment opportunity for young biotech graduates. However, what most of the existing biotechnology curricula are still missing is a good connection between the Academia and the increasingly complex business environment.

In this context, the main objective of the Biotech-Ma project was to develop an innovative second cycle joint Master programme in biotechnology, designed by five universities in Italy, Spain, Hungary, France and the UK, one Research Center (ISTEC-CNR) and a Biotechnology Industry Park (Silvano Fumero), with the direct involvement and collaboration of the European biotech industry.


 Innovation and Business in Health Biotechnology (IBiHB)


The new 120 ECTS joint Master degree, taking into account the needs and the opportunities that characterize today’s labour market, intends to address the market mismatch between skills required and skills offered by graduates in Europe, providing students with both traditional scientific competences and managerial/entrepreneurial skills (marketing, management, communication, ethics, ...), to make them globally competitive and facilitate their work placement in the European and international business arena.

The learning outcomes of the programme, as well as the internships and the students’ mobility plan, have been jointly developed by academic partners and biotechnology enterprises, consulted and directly involved in the project.


The results of the Biotech-Ma project were presented to academic and industrial stakeholders on the occasion of several local and international conferences. Ad hoc materials were prepared for the presentations, including the two posters below, which summarise the project rationale, objectives and work plan: