Core Curricula

IUFoST Core Curricula

IUFoST presented Certificates of Recognition to four academic institutions meeting international standards in Food Science and Technology programming at the Gala Dinner of the 13th ASEAN Food Conference in Singapore on September 10, 2013:

The National University of Singapore, Food Science and Technology Programme:
Bachelor of Applied Science (Food Science and Technology) and Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) (Food Science and Technology)

Bogor Agricultural University, Department of Food Science and Technology:
B.Sc. in Food Technology

Singapore Polytechnic, School of Chemical and Life Sciences:
Diploma in Food Science and Technology (DFST)

Nanyang Polytechnic, School of Chemistry and Life Sciences:
Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition

The Certificates were awarded following an extensive assessment of each institute’s ability to meet international standards and guidelines for outcome-based academic programmes, undertaken on request by IUFoST’s Education Committee. A site visit was included as part of the evaluation. For information, please e-mail secretariat@iufost.org with IUFoST Recognition Process in the subject line.

 


 

IUFoST Education Committee, and IUFoST Educational Activities May 2012 Report

 

IUFoST Education Committee
The IUFoST Education Committee is chaired by Dr. Aman Wirakartakusumah (Indonesia), Members: Darunee Edwards (Thailand), Doug Goff (Canada), Cristina Silva (Portugal), Gustavo Barbosa-Canovas (USA), Art Hill (Canada) Glaucia Pastore (Brazil) Rickey Yada (Canada).

1. The IUFoST Governing Council met in Manila, The Philippines in July 2011, at the invitation of its Adhering Body in that country. A meeting of the Federation of the Institutes of Food Science and Technology in ASEAN (FIFSTA) members took place in conjunction with the conference and central to FIFSTA’s interest was a core curricula endorsed by IUFoST that could be used in the FIFSTA region.

The Education Committee began its work in September 2011 by reviewing the core curricula guidelines established by the IUFoST Working Group in 2003. (The original core curricula guidelines were set using national criteria from IUFoST representatives, IFT in the USA, CUPFST (Committee of University Professors of Food Science and Technology) within UKFFoST in the UK and several others with input from approximately 10 countries.) Since requests for IUFoST involvement in approval of course curricula were also being received from a number of adhering bodies at the same time, a general methodology and standards were set to begin the process with the requesting countries. From the outset, the curriculum was based on outcome for the students, and meeting needs of the industry rather than defining a prescribed set of courses in specific subject areas.

2. Malaysia

Members of the IUFoST Education Committees (G. Campbell-Platt, A. Wirakartakusumah, Daryl Lund, Rickey Yada) and J.Meech were invited by the representatives of IUFoST’s Malaysian Adhering Body to be special guests and speakers at the International Conference on Food Science and Nutrition, 2-4 April, 2012, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, organized by MIFT, University of Malaysia Sabah and IUFoST. During this time the IUFoST representatives were asked to speak with several groups regarding education and curriculum review both within and beyond national boundaries.

Conference:

The International Conference on Food Science and Nutrition 2012 (ICFSN) with the theme “Traditional Resources: Scientific Approaches Towards Quality Foods” was held for the first time in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Sabah. It was a valuable forum for international experts to share and discuss the latest research findings, market trends, and new insights into the scientific knowledge and practical know-how on a wide range of emerging topics in the field. The conference provided opportunities for food scientists, technologists, nutritionists, dietitians, researchers, academicians, food standards and legislation officials, enforcement agencies, food industry and food service establishments to present and exchange ideas and experiences as well as strengthen networking. The conference featured a series of presentations and discussion comprising plenary lectures and oral and poster presentations.

In the news: Focus on Food Security: IUFoST well represented at International Conference on Food Science and Nutrition 2012 in Malaysia.

This international conference was jointly organised by Universiti Malaysia Sabah and Malaysian Institute of Food Technology (MIFT).

Curriculum Review: UMS and other universities wanted to take the opportunity to benefit from the participation of IUFoST experts to improve and strengthen the undergraduate curriculum and address issues facing Malaysia and the rest of the FIFSTA region regarding harmonization of curricula. A Food Science/Technology Curriculum Review (by invitation only) was held concurrently with the International Conference on Food Science and Nutrition 2012 (ICFSN 2012). The review exercise was attended by the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) Education Committees, representatives of FIFSTA, and Malaysian universities. The objectives of this review were: 1) to revisit and update the current Food Science/Technology curriculum adopted by Malaysian universities, and 2) to harmonise the Food Science/Technology curriculum with other ASEAN countries to enhance student mobility.

Chair Aman Wirakartakusumah reported: “We had the opportunity to visit University of Malaysia Sabah and discuss with them about their curriculum and how we are using our education committee’s guideline in recognizing their curriculum. I think this is one of the subjects that will be reported in our next conference in Brazil. In addition, FIFSTA also appealed to IUFoST to explore the possibility of setting the rules and procedures for having certification of the food safety profession. I think this is a wonderful opportunity for IUFoST to recognize curriculum in food science and technology as well as food safety certificate as a profession.”

The revised IUFoST Education Committee Undergraduate Curriculum Guidelines and Approvals for University Programs in Food Science/Food Technology/Food Engineering, is available from the IUFoST Secretariat, secretariat@iufost.org – Subject line IUFoST Recognition Process

3. China

The President of Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China, invited members of the IUFoST group participating in the Food Safety Meetings in Beijing in April 2012 to first visit Jiangnan University, to lecture to the students, visit the campus facilities and advise on core curricula.

The university was established in 1952 by the Food Science faculty from several famous universities, and is located in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China. It is the oldest program of food science and technology and a leader of food science research and education in China. The school awarded the first Bachelor degree in 1957, started graduate education programs in the early 1960s, and launched a Doctoral program in 1984. Later on, the school pioneered nationally the first level doctoral programs in food science and food engineering in 2000, and the specialty of Food Science was certified as the national key research and educational program. Currently, the school has 72 full-time faculty, 550 graduate students and 1200 undergraduate students. The school is now nationally recognized as one of the best food science programs in China and internationally known for its academic excellence.

Ranked as one of the largest food science programs in the country, current research covers almost every area of food science and technology such as food chemistry, food engineering, cereal science and technology, agricultural product processing, and food microbiology. Many new interdisciplinary research programs such as nutrition and food safety have also been established as a result of the development of economic globalization and the increase in international trade of food products. The school’s mission is to create, analyze, and share knowledge of food science and technology to enhance food safety, nutrition, and quality so as to improve the lives of people as well as their economic and social well-being.

G. Campbell-Platt, T. Labuza and M. Schmidl all addressed the students in open lectures. P. Rao, R. Yada and J. Meech joined the group for the mini-evaluation of the Jiangnan University curricula, and the IUFoST food scientists were appointed Visiting Professorships and J. Meech received international advisory status. In the news: http://xinwen.jiangnan.edu.cn/news/2012/0419/8411.html

The IUFoST delegation prepared a formal report on the curricula and provided recommendations on its return from China.

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