The flagship Master in Food Systems programme is EIT Food's unique offering to develop top talent for the food sector. The programme is based on a combination of essential skills to become effective innovators and entrepreneurs in the food sector along with key technical skills that are tailored to the individual career pathway for each student.
The approach of the programme is unique in how students can select study pathways from a wide range of profiles at different European Universities to suit their career ambitions.
The integrated Master in Food Systems will equip a new generation of top talent with the skills, competences and knowledge to become innovators and entrepreneurs in the Food sector. The Master degree will provide a best in class, innovative educational programme that overcomes a number of challenges in the sector - the collaboration of industry in the development and execution of the programme ensures key employability criteria are secured and students have access to resources and insights from industrial partners and entrepreneurial ventures alike. With geographic and organisational mobility as a core feature, students will study at three different universities and be exposed to a range of organisational settings to enhance their understanding of the food sector. Sustainability is built in through a focus on systems thinking to expose current and future challenges and to inspire highly creative solutions.
For the first student intake in fall 2019, five academic partners (University of Hohenheim, University of Turin, University of Warsaw, Autonomous University of Madrid & University of Reading) will offer individually profiled semester tracks.
A number of participation fee waivers will be available for students.
Aim of the course
The Program “Master in Food Systems” (MFS) is an integrated graduate degree program organized by academic institutions and industrial partners from across EIT Food pan-European partner network. Its goal is to prepare students to drive a future transformation of the food system and increase the competitiveness of their future employing companies. The MFSprogram promotes a deep knowledge of the food system as an integrated value chain by providing students with the opportunity to study consecutively at three academic institutions which provide distinctly different semester blocks, each one of them focusing on specific areas of the food system. This is coupled with a partner-mentored project/thesis work and non-academic activities offered by industrial partners.
The six participating universities have developed distinct in-depth blocks that cover specific areas of the food system. By combining three of these blocks or tracks, students gain an integrated knowledge on the food system through various tracks combinations (e.g. primary production + food processing + consumer sciences, or food production + logistics + digitization). In addition, pan-European activities at industrial partner sites will ensure bonding of the international cohort, and facilitate the creation of an international alumni network, with alumni activities offered by EITFood. The program will create a class of students that covers the food system in its entirety, with graduates having a holistic systems-type knowledge along with skills sets, providing, at the same time, selective knowledge within the food system by being able to customize their particular Master Program.
The program targets an elite group of students across the EU that has previously obtained a degree in a related discipline, but providing a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. With personalized study plans, it allows for a unique integration of different aspects of the food system, becoming a new breed of food entrepreneurs.
The MFS attracts excellent students with a wide variety of different academic backgrounds to the food sector to foster the transfer of cutting-edge knowledge from other disciplines. Students are expected to become creative leaders and team builders capable of bringing distinctive points of view along with novel solutions for tomorrow consumers and citizens. The program will accomplish this by allowing students to take a “learning and experimental” journey through EIT Food partnership network.
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