Food Technology @ Ghent University

Ghent University (UGent) and The Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) jointly organize the InterUniversity Programme Master of Food Technology (IUPFOOD).

IUPFOOD offers two years of academic education, leading to a MSc degree 'Master of Food Technology'. The general objective of IUPFOOD is to provide a multi-disciplinary and specialised professional training in areas of food technology, with special emphasis on postharvest and food preservation engineering on the one hand and food science and technology on the other hand, to equip future personnel with the necessary technical and managerial knowledge, skills and attitudes, which is required to successfully contribute to solving problems related to food security. The IUPFOOD programme particularly focuses on developing countries where food security (delivering enough nutritious, high quality safe food) is a current and future major concern and key challenge.

Food should not only be produced, it should also be delivered to the ultimate consumer in an acceptable form if it is to fulfil its nutritional destiny. To bring foods to the consumer in an acceptable form, on the one hand processing technologies are used to convert edible raw materials into foods with decreased inherent stability; on the other hand preservation technologies are required to increase the stability and shelf life of foods.

Based on these considerations two technological dimensions of prime and crucial importance in food technology are the key objectives and programme options in IUPFOOD:

The transformation (processing) of raw materials into products suited for human consumption;
The role of postharvest and food preservation unit operations in delivering safe and nutritious foods to the end consumer.

These two concerns are directly translated in the focus points of the IUPFOOD programme.