Curriculum and Scholarship
Envision what the very best minds involved in the science of food can achieve when they work together: providing each and every person on the planet with a safe, nutritious, and sustainable food supply. Since 1939, IFT has been advancing the science of food and its application across the global food system by creating a dynamic forum where individuals from more than 90 countries can collaborate, learn, and grow, transforming scientific knowledge into innovative solutions for the benefit of people around the world.
Education Standards for Approved Undergraduate Programs
The primary goal of the Institute of Food Technologist’s (IFT) Education Standards is to enhance excellence in food science education. Outcome-based measures of student learning are used heavily in this process. The use of learning outcomes follows a general trend in academia towards a greater focus on student learning rather than simply on knowledge in course content. Development of a comprehensive set of course learning outcomes and well-designed tools for assessing how students have met these outcomes has been shown to lead to improved learning. These standards are valuable as a guide for: colleges and universities to evaluate existing food science programs or establish new programs, students to select approved food science programs, and for government and industry to realize the basic standards of professional competence for the graduates of approved food science programs.
The International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST), a country-membership organisation is the global voice of food science and technology. It is a voluntary, non-profit federation of national food science organisations linking the world's food scientists and technologists. IUFoST promotes the advancement of global food science and technology through its education programmes, workshops, regional symposia and through IAFoST the International Academy of Food Science and Technology.
IUFoST fosters the worldwide exchange of scientific knowledge and ideas through the biennial World Congress, IAFoST, three scientific journals, an on-line journal and regular Scientific Information Bulletins.
The aims of these undergraduate studies are to prepare p p professionals for industry (management of production, quality control, research and development, process design) and/or candidates for higher education and ultimately research and/or academic careers.
Core curricula for food science and technology to aid in basic programme planning has been compiled by an expert IUFoST working group, who by synthesizing efforts by many IUFoST Adhering Bodies, developed an outline of the core curricula studies needed for future food professionals in the global arena.