International student

Welcome to Dalum Academy of Agricultural Business

Dalum Academy of Agricultural Business – (DAAB) is Denmark’s largest and oldest agricultural college (anno 1886) – with two departments. 

Today a modern international college for further agricultural education, supported by the Danish ministry of education, with proud traditions and a historical atmosphere.

For Danish students the vertical range of agricultural education has for 130 years been represented.  From the basic farm-assistant to Skilled farmer and to the unique management education only conducted at five academies in Denmark.

The farm assistant can undertake most daily operations, work independently and consider all aspects of work safety, maintenance, first aid etc.

The skilled farmer, equal to other vocational educations proves professional workmanship within the branch. He/she can manage a diverse farm operation and all aspects of production management, like optimizing resources feeding plans, gross margins and technology in and on farm.

The Agro-economist post graduates are employed by a wide range of agribusinesses, from production level to processing, export, sales and marketing, genetics, advisory extension service, education, research and of course within the financial sector.

Our belief

With a strategy to permeate mutual trust, respect and loyalty to our cooperating partners. We set high expectations, individual demands and work ambitiously to implement the vision to be:

An independent institution, providing superior professional competences, therefore an attractive business partner anchored in Denmark – internationally spread.

A growth-center for knowledge and innovation, covering full range of agricultural education, with an international focus collaborating urban and rural interests worldwide.

More than 80% of Denmarks Ag-products are exported.

More than 20% of production managed by Danish farmers and staff is performed outside Danish borders.  This illustrates the international approach we believe Dalum activities should reflect – at all levels.

Dalum Livestock Management Program is a good example of one of the school’s international courses. Last year and currently, a group of South African students from Kwa Zulu Natal (KZN) province are taking part in a 10 months’ management program including 10 weeks on farms, exchanging valuable production and management tips from experienced Danish farmers.


Eric Wanscher

Eric Wanscher

uddannelseschef / vice president
Niels Erik Jespersen

Niels Erik Jespersen

underviser / international relations officer
Maria F. Graff

Maria F. Graff

underviser / program manager
Mette Rerup

Mette Rerup

underviser / international students
Carsten Friis Poulsen

Carsten Friis Poulsen

underviser / pig specialist
Nis Thomsen

Nis Thomsen

underviser / international students
Ole M. Hansen

Ole M. Hansen

underviser / international students


Exporting Danish agricultural skills and turnkey solutions

Reputable Danish Agricultural College in potential and innovating partnership exporting Danish Agricultural Education & total solutions

Old – but still up front:
Dalum Landbrugsskole – Dalum Academy of Agricultural Business Denmark – is Denmark’s largest and oldest agricultural college – today a modern international college for further agricultural education with proud traditions and a historical atmosphere.

20% of Danish production performed abroad:
For more than 150 years vocational skills have been rooted in the Danish “Highschool” movement educating farmers for the future. The College situated in Odense, the heart of Denmark, provides all levels of agricultural-management education. The fact that 20% of all agricultural production performed by Danish farmers and staff takes place abroad, calls for a strong international profile. It is likely that students, through study trips and international projects, become more confident working abroad and seeking management positions around the world for an agricultural-business career.

Throughout the past 4-5 decades agriculture has developed considerably, constructing highly efficient, large scale production units based on excellent breeding material and technology, but also causing increasing impact to the environment.

Exporting experience and knowledge:
The valuable knowledge and experience gained, has today become an export article in great demand from all over the world, expressed as a need for:

  • Advanced technology
  • Animal welfare systems
  • Food safety systems
  • Traceability certification
  • Sustainability in all productions
  • Environmental considerations
  • Farm waste management and technology

Dalum has developed its international profile through a broad global network of farm enterprises, colleges, politicians and organisations. Dalum has helped develop vocational training systems in the Baltics and Eastern Europe.

The Danish “Sandwich Model” alternating school education and farm apprentice, building up production and management skills gradually, has been transferred successfully to many countries.

If you have any questions, please contact our international coordinator, Mr Niels Erik Jespersen.

At this page, we give you an overview of our international courses

When you book a course programme at Dalum Academy of Agricultural Business, we hope that we have an agreement. However, if you have to cancel the course programme, we must inform you that if you cancel the course programme 4 weeks before your booking, you must pay 50% of the course amount, and if you cancel the course programme 2 weeks before your booking, you must pay 100%.
When you book teaching/consultancy abroad (in your own country), the same terms are valid.

EXAMPLE of a 15 weeks Pig Production Management Program
We can proudly present a 15 weeks intensive program and certification, which is swifting between lecturing and farm internship. In the 15 weeks you have approximately 28 lessons per week. The program finishes with a production and management test. If test is passed, certificate is achieved. Price for this 15 weeks program is 14,000 euro including board and lodging.
You can find an example of the curriculum of the 15 weeks program – here.
This program is NOT OPEN FOR ENTRY.

1-2 weeks Intensive Management Programs
If you are a foreign production manager, farmer/owner or university teacher, you can with advantage join this program, since it applies to directors, top management, board members and investors in pig productions worldwide.
The purpose of this program is: Processing considerations, inspirering and aiming for decision taking before investing, developing or changing a production. At the same time getting first hand knowledge of Danish pig production best practice to implement.
The program contents: Dalum Academy and Agricultural Business lecturers and external experts giving a sum-up and recommendations from Danish pig production standards, regarding the participating companies needs. Visiting agricultural businesses and enterprises along with workshops and brainstorms, bringing in individual farm issues to debate.
This program is tailor-made for participants’ needs, caused by the experienced specific need of knowlegde depending on the groups case.
You can see an example of a 1 week program – here.

4-12 weeks Short Term Agricultural Introduction Programs
If you are a unit manager, managing operator or highly educated ag science with a major in animal production minimum 2 years related work experience – we can offer you this program.
The purpose of this program is: Aiming to be able to independantly taking care of a pig production, using latest knowledge – or getting new inputs to bring Danish pig production best practice to use.
The program contents: Dalum Academy and Agricultural Business lecturers in cooperation with internship hosts providing knowledge and tools to secure a high standard production level. Participants becoming specialists on their field with a holistic approach, also understanding how to implement and embed changes. Getting a unigue chance to interact, benchmark and exchange good practice with fellow students along the course, and years after. Participants are rewarded with a certificate/diploma after passing final test.
You can see an example of a 4 weeks program – here.

8-10 months Livestock Programs
You can see an example of a 10 months program – here. And you can look at the video at the top of the page, which shows you an example of this program.

Diploma Programs
The increasing complexity of agricultural production calls for approved education at all levels. We can offer you diploma programs with the following headlines: Manage multiple production units on same location, Strong economic understanding, Optimize productivity in all units, International economy and politics, Personal leadership, Innovation and strategy. And the program finishes with ECTS points at Academy/Diploma level. In these programs we can i.a. offer you lessons in leadership, organisation or economics on diploma level, depending on the needs or wishes from the customer.

MBA Agricultural Programs
Dalum Academy of Agricultural Business together with London South Bank University and IBA Kolding (International Business Academy) offer you Master of Business Administration Programs. You can see more in this booklet – here.

Precision AG at Dalum Academy of Agricultural Business:
At Dalum Academy of Agricultural Business, we offer education within Precision Agriculture (AG). It goes hand in hand with sustainability regardless of whether we talk about surplus, environmental protection, climate change and feed the growing population on the planet. The notion Precision AG is up in time now, and many farmers worldwide have already – or are just about to implement it more or less. Therefore, we at Dalum Academy of Agricultural Business see it as natural and indeed our duty to offer this subject beside our other international activities. We are at the very forefront within Precision AG – we have facilities and trained teachers, so you will get state of the art education. Today, we train Danish agricultural production leaders in Precision AG. The course will be tailored your request – so if you want more or less of something, we can customize it. It could be a 1, 2 or a 3 weeks course or part of a full line agricultural education.

What are your benefits?
At Dalum Academy of Agricultural Business you will gain knowledge about the technology, it takes to fully get the benefit of Precision AG. Therefore, you will learn about taking action on the varieties within the fields. We provide knowledge about data acquisition such as scout the field, hand drawing on maps, soil samplings and the use of different sensors in the fields including yieldata-sensors in the combine, different NDVI-sensors, satellite image, handheld sensors, and even data from our own fixed wing drone. With our drone, we can also measure terrain codes for drainage, buildings, stockpiles of different commodities within 2 cm accuracy, and that will be part of your training, too, if required.

You will learn how to import, clean and analyze data to and understandable level. After analyzing the data, you will get experience in working out a Variety Rate Application map (VRA). You will learn to draw guidance lines, points, feature areas etc. You will learn to export the data to a terminal (tractor) or other machine for planting, fertilizing, liming and spraying, and to import data from terminals to PC. In class, we use online satellite program Cropsat, PIX 4D, Farm Works and Trimble FMX simulator. We have access to a lot of data, we can use in our training, and even better if you have your own data, we urge you to bring that, too.

We do it in a holistic way – that means we will discuss professionalism during the course, because Precision AG is not an automatic thing, but a subject that takes skilled people to handle.

Finally, to prove you have succeeded and have gained skill within Precision AG, you will get a diploma from Dalum Academy of Agricultural Business, which is highly recognized around the globe.

Shanghai Vocational College of Agriculture & Forestry and Dalum have had many years’ cooperation.

Chinese students visit a pig farm in connection with their pig production study

Throughout the year students from China, Korea, Japan, Nepal etc. interact with Danish and African students creating new and prosperous collaborations across borders and languages. You can see an example of a program – here – for our Chinese students.

Lately Dalum, being a semi-public Vocational College, has joined forces with private enterprises promoting the “DANISH FARM CONCEPT”. For more information about this cooperation, you can look at the home page – here – and at the video below.

International customers, governments and agricultural organisations are looking for turnkey solutions providing “All you need” to investors, including the education, follow up, mentoring, audits and progression set up through initial target settings and contracts.

Exporting valuable genetics, advanced technology, ventilation, storage, handling- and feeding systems as well as waste management call for thorough and targeted education for the investment to be profitable.

The Chinese delegation from 2014

Agribusiness Development Agency (ADA) and Dalum cooperate about the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) model.

The African students 2014-2015

Last year and currently, a group of South African students from Kwa Zulu Natal (KZN) province are taking part in a 10 months’ management program (look – here) including 10 weeks on farms, exchanging valuable production and management tips from experienced Danish farmers.

The College hopes that merging the best from both cultures, these students will be able to generate higher agricultural production and jobs in primary and secondary food chains on their return.

The ideal scenario could be a future pork or dairy production set up by a young South African farmer partnering a senior Danish agricultural student and Danish/international investor. The Dalum College serves as a reach back and extension facility ensuring that the achieved knowledge, the genetics and technology brought back home will be used for a sustainable and environment-friendly production.

So far the initiative and export concept has gained a lot of political attention from countries like China and other South African provinces. The Danish and South African Ministers of Agriculture recently praised the model, at a seminar in Pretoria SA, as “an example to be followed”, and support the program by governmental funding.

Last year our two international lecturers, Mr Niels Erik Jespersen and Mr Martin K. Jakobsen, have been in South Africa. Look at the press release – here – and at the press briefing from the “Department agriculture & rural development” – here.

The group 2014-2015 left with praise from Mr Cyril Xaba – look at the speech – here – and the press release – here.

One day the African students helped the kitchen staff at the school

Dalum Agricultural College signs MoU with National Agricultural Cooperative Federation, South Korea.

Mr. Kim, Tae Hwan from NACF and Mr. Eric Wanscher from Dalum have both signed the MoU

On November 17, 2015, Dalum and NACF (National Agricultural Cooperative Federation) from South Korea, met in order to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, where both parties express their mutual interest in exploring joint business cooperation opportunies. Representatives from NAFC were Mr. Kim, Tae Hwan (Executive Vice President), Mr. Kim, Young Soo (General Manager of Livestock), Mr. Lee, So Moon (Manager of Livestock Management), and representatives from Ministry of Agriculture were An, Young Deok (Director of Livestock Policy Division) and Mr. Ryu, Seong Hun (Assistant Director of Livestock Policy), and representatives from The Daily Naeil were Jang, Myung Gook (CEO & Publicher) and Mr. Jung, Yeon Geun (Reporter), and finally a representative from SB Nutrition was Mr. Shim, Soo Bo (Consultant/Nutritionist). The representatives from Dalum were Mr. Eric Wanscher (Vice President) and Mr. Martin K. Jakobsen (Lecturer).

Vice President, Eric Wanscher, declares that the parties wish to establish a strategic partnership in livestock business researches, and lecturer, Martin K. Jakobsen, says that the cooperation began with the visit of a South Korean delegation in August 2015. Afterwards Dalum visited South Korean universities and found it positive with a cooperation in order to improve knowledge in South Korean pig production together with salesman coaching for feed salesmen.

The cooperation will include the following areas: establishing and supporting practical training programs in the field of livestock animals and agricultural sectors; development and providing of teaching textbooks, materials, lecturers and techniques; performing human interchanges with parties – and finally continuing cooperation in relation to professional education program in agriculture.

The representatives from South Korea and Dalum Academy of Agricultural Business

On the 31st of May 2016 the Denmark-Taiwan Pig Production Training Program opened.

Director General Lee from COA welcomes the assembly

The opening took place at Zhu-Nan Science Park, and both the Director General Lee from Council of Agriculture (COA) and Mr Nicholas Enersen from the Danish Business Office in Taipei gave a welcome speech at the opening.

Mr Morten Balle Rasmussen from Danish Farm Design was introduced – he is the Danish expert in pig production to the students.

“After months of preparation, with the cooperation with Dalum Landbrugsskole and Agricultural Technology Research Institute (ATRI), we are pleased to see the kick-off of the first cooperation between Denmark and Taiwan in 30 years,” Mr Nicholas Enersen said at the opening, and he continued – “We hope this will be a good start for many of these events in the future.”

Mr Nicholas Enersen from Taipei gives a welcome speech and introduction

Dalum Academy of Agricultural Business is a part of Danish Farm Concept.

Danish Farm Concept is a company and brand name representing the entire Danish model for pig production including:

  • Modern pig farm design
  • Efficient pig farm technology
  • Danish genetics
  • Nutrition program
  • Sustainable solution
  • Education, training and management

The Danish Farm Concept is marketed throughout the world. Dalum Academy of Agricultural Business (Dalum Landbrugsskole) is a part of Danish Farm Concept about especially education, training and management.

The Danish companies: Hamlet Protein, SKOV, Dalum Agricultural Business Academy, Danyu/Danbred International, Danish Farm Design and Vissing Agro market their products under this brand in wholesale solutions for the pig industry.

You can read more about Danish Farm Concept – here.

The Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment is a new agency under the Ministry of Employment – it helps you i.a. applying for visa.

South African representatives are visiting a Danish pig farm

In order to inform yourself about laws and rules concerning travel/visa to Denmark, we refer to the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment – here.

The agency also processes all applications for residence permits on the grounds of work, studies, au pair stays, internship and working holiday stays. And if you want to study in Denmark, then look at Studying in Denmark – here. Studying in Denmark is a part of the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment.

You can find the application form – here.

We are looking forward to establishing model farms in collaboration with local organisations.

Mr Eric Wanscher visits Pretoria, South Africa, at a Congress including both countries’ Ministers of Agriculture

Dalum’s Vice President Mr Eric Wanscher is strengthening the international profile through the new partnership. Bringing international students to Denmark for inspiration and education is a valuable experience to be brought back, but it should never be left as the only initiative, he points out. It is absolutely necessary that this transfer of knowledge is used and maintained through cooperation with partner schools or by establishing model farms in collaboration with local organisations supporting these initiatives.

As the demand for food, sustainability and food safety grows, Dalum will continue exploring new opportunities around the world to share knowledge and knowhow – but will always be founded in Denmark gaining experience from the world’s best agricultural businesses and productions.

Eric Wanscher

Eric Wanscher

uddannelseschef / vice president
Niels Erik Jespersen

Niels Erik Jespersen

underviser / international relations officer

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Mette Rerup

Mette Rerup

underviser / international students

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