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Online Intellectual Property Rights Course Draws Record Enrollment

Five months ago, COVID-19 brought the world to a grinding halt. Even as the virus is still spreading in many places around the world, we’ve started to adapt. The seed industry knows that plants must continue to adapt. Plant breeders are constantly pushing plants to evolve to give farmers new and improved varieties. Now it is the plant breeders themselves that must evolve.  

Professor, Dr. Miguel Rapela is the Academic Director at the Law School at Austral University in Argentina. He shared that on Tuesday, Aug. 5, the diploma course in Intellectual Property Rights at the Austral University, Buenos Aires, Argentina, began its new semester. The diploma course is fully remote, and with this change in teaching structure, a record number of students enrolled in the program.

Austral University is a prestigious higher education institution. The school has over 4,000 graduate and undergraduate students and about 400 international students. Austral University is ranked first among private university in Argentina second overall all according to the British QS ranking system.  

With this new evolution, Austral University’s diploma course in intellectual property rights can reach more students than before. The closed borders may have helped the university expand. The diploma course has moved online. Now it is accessible to students from Argentina, Panama, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, Mexico and Paraguay. The organizers of the program were extremely proud with the university’s ability to condense its intellectual property rights curriculum into a diploma course for students throughout the Spanish-speaking world.  

The diploma course is run alongside a Masters in Intellectual Property Rights. It is the only Masters program in Argentina that is accredited as “A” by the National Commission for University Evaluation and Accreditation (CONEAU). Currently the Master’s program is only offered in-person, however there are plans to move to a hybrid model next year allowing face-to-face learning as well as remote learning for those unable to attend in person.