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Agricultural graduates ready to put skills to good use

Agricultural graduates from the University of Tasmania will celebrate their achievements at a graduation ceremony in Hobart.

Director of the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), Professor Holger Meinke, congratulated agricultural graduates and wished them success in their future endeavours.

“The University of Tasmania is regarded among the top 100 universities in the world for agricultural science and our graduates find themselves in a wide range of careers such as agronomy, agribusiness, food safety and rural finance,” Professor Meinke said.

“We are committed to providing a high quality and industry-relevant education that enables our graduates to make a valuable contribution to agricultural industries in Tasmania and around the world.

“Research that has found 90 per cent of graduates from a bachelor degree in agricultural science are in full-time employment four months after graduation. We find that many of our graduates are offered jobs before they even graduate.”

Emma Nightingale, 22, of Port Sorell, will today graduate from a Bachelor of Agricultural Science with Honours and is already putting her skills to good use.

“This year I was pleased to receive the Costa Honours Scholarship in Agricultural Science which supported me to work with Costas on a project looking at raspberry pests,” Miss Nightingale said.

“As a result of my study I was offered a position with Costas as a Horticultural Technical Assistant and started working just two days after my final exam.

“It is such a great achievement to have gained employment in my industry of choice so soon after completing my study and it further enforces my choice of agriculture as a career path.

“I encourage anyone considering a career in agriculture to give it a go. The career opportunities on offer in the agricultural industries are so diverse and the industry is crying out for skilled people to employ.”
The agricultural students will graduate at the 10.30am ceremony, in the Federation Concert Hall in Hobart.

TIA is a joint venture between the Tasmanian Government and the University of Tasmania.

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