Federation University Australian-first degree in food sustainability

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FEDERATION University has announced an Australian-first degree in food sustainability that combines practical TAFE skills training with the critical thinking and analysis skills of a university degree.

The new Bachelor of Sustainable Food Systems has been designed with significant industry consultation to equip students with the skills to improve food production and tackle food sustainability issues in Australia and internationally.

The new undergraduate degree is the first of its kind in Australia as it allows students to graduate with dual qualifications – both a TAFE qualification and a higher education degree studied as an integrated degree.

The first half of the degree embeds a Diploma of Food Science and Technology to develop student’s knowledge and core practical skills across food testing, quality and sustainability.

For the second half of the degree, students will focus on either food processing or sustainable food production, and gain valuable workplace experience through an industry placement.

Working closely with industry professionals in the region, students will understand how to solve problems with local sustainability, which in turn will help address a global problem.

“This is the first degree of its kind in Australia and offers a blended learning mode of knowledge and practical skills that points to the future of higher education,” Federation University pro vice-chancellor (vocational education and training) and TAFE chief executive officer Liam Sloan said.

“We listened to industry partners about what skills and values they needed in employees. With their input, we designed a program that gives our students the best possible chance being work ready as soon as they graduate and pursuing meaningful careers.”

“We expect our graduates will drive change and innovation across the food industry. They will gain the knowledge and skills required to feed a growing population, and to do so through in the most ecologically sustainable and financially sound way.”

The degree will be offered from next year at Federation University’s Ballarat and Gippsland campuses, as well as online.

Source: Latrobe Valley Express Monday 6th September 2021

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