The Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier (IAMM) is one of the four institutes of the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), an intergovernmental organization established in 1962.
Our vision is that of a Mediterranean region in which a spirit of cooperation prevails, benefiting from a balanced development supported by efficient and sustainable agriculture and prosperous rural territories. The current Mediterranean context pushes us to work tirelessly to make this vision a reality.
Our mission follows the strategic priorities of CIHEAM aiming at implementing in the Mediterranean the rural development objectives adopted in 2015 by the UN General Assembly.
Specifically, those strategic priorities are based on four pillars:
Regarding the IAMM strictly speaking, our areas of expertise and action focus on subjects related to the management of agriculture and territories, to project engineering, to public policies for agriculture, environment and, food and to rural development, agri-food systems and agri-logistics.
The IAMM is accredited to issue the French national diploma of Master in 5 pathways addressing those subjects. Training includes the second year of the Master cycle (M2), and a Master of Science cycle (Bac+6). The students selected for entry have a Bac+4 minimum level. The training programmes place large emphasis on methodological and practical courses, with notably a 6 months period of internship at the end of M2.
The vast majority of our students come from the Member States of CIHEAM but other nationalities are also represented. We believe that the intermingling of cultures is one of the key elements to fulfil our mission. The quality of the reception of our students is a major concern for us. We have a French Language Center to facilitate the integration of our non-francophone students. This center is also open to the partners in Montpellier scientific community.
Vocational training for professionals is another important area of activity, currently developing fast, and intended to directly address the needs of executives from the Mediterranean agricultural and food sectors.
The IAMM has a campus, consisting of buildings for training and administrative matters, a residence that can accommodate around one hundred students, a restaurant-cafeteria, all of which implanted in a 7 hectares Mediterranean park. The campus is equipped for persons with reduced mobility.
Our educational activity is backed by research activities benefitting from the vibrant environment provided by the scientific community in Montpellier, particularly active and recognized in in our fields of interest. Our doctoral platform permanently hosts around 30 PhD students. Related to research and education, we also provide expertise, at the service of the Mediterranean states and constitutive regions, as a key element of our mission. The same applies to the development projects that we implement in the field, in Mediterranean countries and on behalf of many funders.
Along those lines, research, education, expertise provision and development projects are complementary and mutually enhancing. Those activities, systematically carried out in partnership with institutions and people from the Mediterranean, enabled the IAMM to build very rich and extensive networks in the Region. The institute's alumni oil the wheels of such networks and activities long after they have been in Montpellier.