On April, 4 2011 the regular 7th Conference of the Association “High Educational Institutions and Food Industry Enterprises (UkrUFoST)” took place.The Conference was dedicated to the issue of providing a further boost to the integration pace of the Ukrainian Universities teaching food science into the European community. It is known that reaching highest standards of the educational system in the countries-signatories of Bologna Declaration became possible within the framework of the Bologna Process. Unfortunately, in Ukraine the attention is focused on the formal issues of credit-modular system, evaluation of students’ knowledge within ECTS scale and also introducing the three-stage educational system.
Despite the importance of all issues mentioned above, they do not represent core values which are the main point of the integration process itself. Introduction of European qualifications framework at BSc and MSc, mutual recognition of separate courses, joint development of curricula and educational programs, concluding agreements with the European High Educational Institutions concerning obtaining double degrees – all these require consideration and resolution. These problems were the main points of the Conference.
Food science programs director, the inspirer and creator of the world greatest informational portal Food Info (www.food-info.net) Dr. Ralf Hartemink was present at the Conference as honorary guest-speaker. He represented Wageningen University (the Netherlands), the leading European university providing training in food science. In more than a two-hour presentation Professor Hartemink described all the aspects of the University’s activity as a European school training world level specialist.
Interestingly, that food science department of this university qualifies 60-65 Bachelors, more than 200 Masters and 50 PhD students for all countries of the European community.
The work of the International Integration Projects and Academic Mobility Department was presented by the Department Head Yaroslav Zasjadko – UkrUFoST Executive Director and Olena Klimova – International Science-educational Projects Sector Head.
The audience was especially interested in presentations of the comparative analysis of the teaching curricular of four leading universities and our university. The results of the university’s activity in the sphere of forming suggestions concerning European requirements towards European framework qualifications of bachelor degree and master degree in the food science and engineering were reported by Galyna Polischuk – Milk and Dairy Products Chair Head, docent and the member of Ministry of Science and Education of Ukraine Methodology Committee.
Conference was a success. At the end of the Conference delegates considered some organizational questions.