Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs - Hanyang University Establishes a Contract Department called "Functional Food"...Class Begins on September 1st
Research and Development to be carried out with 65% support of graduate school enrollment fees for 2 years
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The Department of Functional Food was newly opened at Hanyang University's Seoul Campus to train professionals in the field of functional food.
On the 31st, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced that the Department of Functional Food, a master's degree course for students in functional food sector, will begin classes on September 1st. However, the ministry decided to carry out the courses online due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The contract department is a system in which industrial bodies and educational institutions make mutual agreement and provide specialized education required by industries. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs selected Hanyang University and Korea University as the two operating institutions after evaluating their institutional capabilities, educational performance conditions and operation plans. Hanyang University opened this new department as Functional Food while Korea University opened a new department named Functional Food Science. Korea University has also completed recruiting trainees.
For the first batch, each University selected 20 trainees with bachelor's degree who worked for more than 10 months at small and medium-sized companies related to functional food in consideration of their competence, status and type of business. As a result, out of a total of 35 companies that participated, 78% were small medium-sized companies, 55% were those who worked for less than 5 years and 45% were female trainees.
65% of graduate tuition fees will be supported to trainees for 2 years and Research and Development tasks will be carried out to solve the technology with difficulty in the corporate field. After completing 24 credits for two years, if the trainees submit a dissertation or capstone design results, they will be awarded a degree of Master of Science. After graduation, the trainee will be required to work at a company for more than 1 year before serving as an expert in all functional food field, including manufacturing and evaluation.
An official from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said "With the spread of corona 19, interest in functional foods related to immune system improvement has been increasing," adding, "We will open two new contract departments related to future innovative foods such as elderly-friendly food and Medi Food next year to help train more core human resources in the future promising food sector."
▶See the keyword in Hanyang Wiki (Click): Department of Functional Food, Contract Department
Global News Team
Translation by: Lee Hee-jin
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