DALUM ACADEMY OF AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS- DENMARK
Dalum Agricultural College is one of Denmark’s largest and oldest agricultural colleges – today a modern international college for further agricultural education with proud traditions and a historical atmosphere.
Dalum Agricultural College was founded in 1886 as a continuation of the famous principal Christen Kold, who built Dalum High School at the same place in 1862. The original premises of Christen Kold are still being used at the college – together with quite modern educational areas.
Dalum Agricultural College has discreetly preserved the essence of the Danish high school both in the historical buildings but also in the environment of the college, which is influenced by a large accommodation and boarding department.
Today, Dalum Agricultural College is a modern business college in line with business colleges within other professions, where young people have a vocational education. In Denmark all education is free of charge, the colleges receive subsidies from the Government to the progress of the college, to the teachers’ salaries etc. Only, if the students want to stay at the college, they must pay for it, themselves.
The colleges are independent, but supported by the Government, such as Dalum Agricultural College. The college has a popularly elected board who appoints the management of the college. Within the limits imposed by the Ministry of Education, the management can arrange the educational line and use the educational methods which it finds most suitable for the actual lessons.
The students, who start at a business college, have finished 9 or 10 years obligatory compulsory education in the Danish folkeskole/school. After this, they can choose a vocational education at a business college, or they can choose an upper-secondary education with a view to starting at the university.
The agricultural education is such a vocational education, which is characteristic by its alternate between theoretical lessons at the college and practical lessons at approved farmings. In this way there are no practical lessons at the colleges.
At Dalum Agricultural College, all the modules of the agricultural education are represented, so the college offers a basic course which is a qualification for the agricultural education, and two main courses, which are obligatory in the education as farmer.
As characteristic of the agriculture in Denmark, it has its completely own management education which is divided into three modules. These modules you can study at Dalum Agricultural College, too, it is the education as production manager, which is the first module in the educational course. The second module, which depends on your participation in the first module, is farming manager, and finally you can be agrarian economist, if you also study the third and last module in the education.
Beyond this, the college offers a two-year-old academy education for advisers, teachers and other persons who want employment in the service trade within the area of agriculture. The education is called farming technologist and is offered in a cooperation with a large commercial college in town.
Dalum Agricultural College is with its 250 students, the largest college of its kind in Denmark.
Dalum Agricultural College has about 25 permanent teachers and a total staff of 65 employees – i.a. a rather big culinary department, which takes care of the large activity of meeting and conference.
Dalum Agricultural College has two departments. At Faaborg, the college’s department for the start of the agricultural education is situated – it is students between 16-20 years old. The department of Odense has only the further agricultural students, typically between 22-25 years old. At the department of Odense, there is grown-up study environment, and candidates are qualified for all fields of activities within the agricultural trade worldwide. Dalum Agricultural College is internationally informed and receives and is sending out students all over the world.
Beyond about 250 agricultural students, it is also possible for the college in an exciting and different way to have a course and conference department, where it is possible to accommodate about 70 participants in meeting, and up to 600 guests can hold conferences. The participants can use the new-built Competence Centre including all modern facilities, and at the same time they can enjoy the historical atmosphere from the time of Kold. In this way, Dalum Agricultural College today is an exciting cross field between country and town, which has a professional accession to activities of meeting and conference for all people.