IUFoST’s mission includes providing education and training to food scientists and technologists around the world. To that end, IUFoST is committed to improving the knowledge of people working in the food industry and using web-based technologies to distribute knowledge of food science and technology.
Distance Education is a key component and includes the following action areas:
- Identify institutions that offer food science and technology courses for academic credit,
- Develop training programs for professional continuing education,
- Identify resources for use in teaching food science and technology.
The entire set of courses are now available for use, and a process has been established for mentors to access and use the modules to establish training for people working in the food industry who do not have adequate education/training exposure to food science and technology. Visit the DATP site here.
IUFoST encourages contributions from other organisations, including the FAO, on topics like meat processing, fish processing, baking, milk products processing, etc.
The IUFoST Distance Education Task Force includes more than 80 members, including module developers Gordon Robertson, Lucia Anelich, Delia-Rodriguez-Amaya, Walter Spiess, Paul Singh, Don Mercer, and Purwiyatno Hariyadi. In addition, several modules developed by the Southern African Development Consortium are incorporated into the courses offered through the IUFoST website.
Distance Education Initiatives:
Listing of Academic Credit Courses
While IUFoST does not offer courses for academic credit, a survey of academic departments and adhering bodies to identify courses offered by accredited institutions for academic credit can be found at iufost.org. Courses can be added by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org and enrollment is through the relevant organisation.
IUFoST has identified numerous materials that can be used to enhance teaching food science and technology for both academic credit and continuing professional development. As further materials are identified, the links will be added to this Distance Education area on iufost.org.
Training for Sub-Saharan Africa
Development of a training programme for food industry workers in Sub-Saharan Africa is a major initiative to address problems in establishing a reliable and sustainable supply of safe and nutritious food for the people of this region. Reduction of poverty and hunger is a United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal and is one that IUFoST is ideally qualified to address.
IUFoST’s Distance Education Task Force recruited well-known scientists to prepare a set of modules to meet its training objectives. Each module consists of one to three levels (introductory, intermediate and advanced) depending on the subject matter.
Method of Delivery
The training materials are designed to be delivered within a specified timeframe through a local mentor who has identified local participants. Each course has a course instructor who serves as a resource for the course mentor.
The mentor reviews progress toward completion with the participant, administers the assignments, including grading the assignments, and meets with the participants under his or her guidance on a regular basis. Once the course is completed by the participant to the satisfaction of the mentor, IUFoST issues a certificate of completion to the participant.