Major activity of the Education Committee focused on the mechanisms and procedures for granting the Recognition of Further and Higher Education courses in Food Science and Technology, following the request of the IUFoST regional grouping for South-East Asia, FIFSTA. This led to the need for an applicant Institution to make a written submission in advance, covering the course length, structure, how it follows IUFoST Curriculum Guidelines, details of Teaching and Research Faculty, pilot plant and laboratory facilities, student numbers, origins and entry qualifications, the involvement of an industrial advisory Board, and the success and careers of graduates. A site visit, with an IUFoST appointed panel of at least two members, minimum of one regional and one international representative, meets with faculty and students, with Advisory Board members and graduates, tours the facilities, offers constructive observations and feedback, with recognition or suggestions on areas for modification or improvement for future possible IUFoST recognition.

Find more information on IUFoST’s Programme Certification here.

As a result of IUFoST expertise in international food science and Technology education, the World Bank approached the Union to lead the Global Food Safety Curricula Initiative (GFSCI). The GFSCI initiative is carried out in conjunction with the Chair of the Education Committee and editor of the IUFoST textbook on Food Science and Technology education, with an international expert council and industry advisory board and Food Safety International Expert Panel.

Find more information on the GFSCI here.