About the EMABG

EMABG Programme

The overall vision of the programme is to deliver graduates who are experts in animal breeding and genetics, with different specialisations depending on their chosen study track. This will make them suitable in areas such as managing breeding programmes in low-income countries, conducting breeding value estimations as required by industry, responding to societal needs to combat climate change, or improving animal welfare through breeding. The ultimate goal is to train a new generation of graduates that is fit to respond to current and future needs of the animal breeding sector in a global context.


The EMABG is a joint master programme that fulfils a real need for the industry sector and for society as a whole. It is designed to answer the scientific, practical, and societal challenges of animal breeding and genetics. These challenges can be summarised for both developed and low-income countries as follows:

  • meeting the greater demand for animal and fish products, while preserving or improving the quality of products, the welfare of animals, and minimising the environmental impact
  • preserving natural resources, with special attention to biodiversity
  • making efficient use of novel tools and technologies to reach these goals while maintaining societal acceptance of animal breeding
  • developing sustainable animal breeding programmes that contribute to an improved livelihood of farmers and efficient food chains
  • developing sustainable breeding programmes that contribute to the improved health and welfare of animals, including populations in zoos and nature reserves


It is a common vision of EMABG partners to meet these challenges by intensive cooperation in the education and training of students, further enhanced by the relationship between participating universities. Thus, the EMABG was set up to:

  • offer high quality education with a European perspective in the field of animal breeding and genetics, which is attractive to programme and partner-country nationals
  • enhance the quality of training in animal breeding and genetics and to strengthen the attractiveness of the European Higher Education Area
  • contribute to the needs of societies by developing the qualifications of students, so that they possess the appropriate skills, and are open-minded and internationally experienced

Last updated: 21.11.2019