illycaffè today announced the opening of the ninth academic year of the inter-University level one Master’s Degree in the Economics and Science of Coffee-Ernesto Illy. Named for illycaffè’s beloved, late second-generation leader, the course of study was developed to provide college graduates with degrees in economics, engineering and agricultural sciences well-rounded preparation in all aspects of coffee, from the plant to the cup, including the social value of the consumption of coffee and in the cultures of producing countries.
The Master’s Degree in The Economics and Science of Coffee-Ernesto Illy is the world’s only course of study of its kind, establishes Trieste as the international focal point for the culture of coffee, and is the source of an expert teaching staff hailing from premier institutes of advanced learning both domestic and international including the University of Udine, The University of Trieste, Wageningen University (Holland), The University of San Paolo, The University of Northern Colorado, The University of Ljubljana, The University of Copenhagen, and World Coffee Research. Supporting partners working hand in hand with the Ernesto Illy Foundation, the program’s chief benefactor, are the University of Trieste, The University of Udine, illycaffè Spa, SISSA (The International High School for Advanced Studies in Trieste), the Consortium of Molecular Biomedicine (Area Science Park- Trieste), The CRTrieste Foundation, and the Friuli Foundation.
The 21 students enrolled in this academic year hail from 15 countries: Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, India, Papua New Guinea, Uganda, and Venezuela, attesting to the international scope of the Master’s Degree. The courses, which cover 400 hours of classes, will be in session at the headquarters of the Ernesto Illy Foundation from January 14- June 14. The program will conclude in mid-October with the presentation of theses.