Project overview :
Food safety issues have reached a dramatic level in most Asian Countries. in its “integration program” ASEAN has put food security as one of its 12 priorities. It is abundantly documented that most of these problems are due to both qualitative and quantitative limitations in food safety management, mainly due to inadequate skills of workers, who often do not operate in compliance with the good practices for food safety and quality, and to a poor official control system.
This lack at the level of human resources is strongly related to the lacks in the higher education system, the improvement of which is object of our proposal by:
- increasing the capacity of Asian partner’university’s staff in the area of food safety and quality, by sharing experiences and organising training courses
- training them in “training engineering” (TE) methodology, encompassing 2 wide surveys, first on the relationships between the education system and professionals (public & private) and second on their skill’s needs;
- developing 3 training modules in food safety & quality, adapted to the professional needs, to be included into master programs, with credit transfer between partners. This has also to be seen as a “practical exercise” of TE for the project team. Increasing the teacher’s capacities (a) and helping them building adapted training modules (b and c) will consequently make the graduates more proficient when starting their professional lives.
- enhancing the links between partner universities and professionals, in order to build a sustainable relationships between these 2 “worlds”, essential requisite to better training and research. It is also planned to involved university’s top management, on necessary changes towards professionalization and feasible adaptation in their management strategy
- Finally, the project’s results will be disseminated in the ASEAN countries, notably through short technical training modules and E-Learning modules for teachers & professionals.