Position paper: Needs analysis and trends in sustainable food systems within higher education

Monika Polanska*, Paula Bourke, Enda Cummins, Wolfram Schnäckel, Vasilis Valdramidis, Jan Van Impe

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Food production has to take into account a number of global challenges, such as growing demand for food worldwide, climate change, food loss, changing diets, and water scarcity, as well as competing claims, including the need for animal feed, fibre for clothing and biofuels for energy. Global warming is likely to lead to greater incidence of agricultural yield shocks in certain regions, land fragility, and seed fragility, and will add to the complexity of the challenges at hand. A Master’s course with a specific integrated and international outlook would fill an increasing need and result in the transfer of knowledge, experience and standards to developing countries, as well as promote an excellence of European education. Hence, the project group developed a unique proposal within the Erasmus Mundus framework, European Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems Engineering (FOOD4S - ‘food force’). Quality assurance and monitoring of the programme is of utmost importance for the management board. The survey on ‘satisfaction analysis on teaching performance’ is currently being performed for the preceding Erasmus Mundus programme, on which the FOOD4S proposal has been built. The results will be used to improve the ongoing and perspective programme in terms of particular aspects.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th International Conference on Simulation and Modelling in the Food and Bio-Industry 2018, FOODSIM 2018
EditorsMonika E. Polanska, Jan F.M. Van Impe
PublisherEUROSIS
Pages41-45
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9789492859013
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Conference on Simulation and Modelling in the Food and Bio-Industry, FOODSIM 2018 - Ghent, Belgium
Duration: 08 Apr 201812 Apr 2018

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on Simulation and Modelling in the Food and Bio-Industry, FOODSIM 2018
CountryBelgium
CityGhent
Period08/04/201812/04/2018

Keywords

  • Erasmus Mundus
  • Joint master
  • Simulation in food systems
  • Sustainable food systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Food Science

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