WHY FOOD TECHNOLOGY UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM - IPB?
Food science and technology is a scientific field that includes the applications of natural sciences (chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology and microbiology), as well as engineering, economics, and management principles in handling foods from harvesting stage, processing and until to consumption. Moreover, food technology basically covers food processing and preservation, new food product development, food quality assurance, food packaging and storage, and food distribution and marketing.
Food technology study program (FTSP) at the Department of Food Science and Technology (DFST), Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) is an undergraduate education program that focuses itself to produce graduates who have competences in processing raw materials into safe, quality and healthy food products at industrial scale. Since it was opened in 1964, FTSP-IPB has been nurturing graduates that are capable to work in various fields in the national and international food industries, government agencies or as food-related entrepreneurs. The divisions of the food industries that are commonly occupied by the graduates are the production, technical engineer, research and development (R&D), quality assurance, regulatory affair, distribution and marketing. Other professions that are possibly obtained by the graduates also include food inspectors (such as in National Agency of Drug and Food Control), as journalists, staffs in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as well as being educators. There are many of the FTSP-IPB graduates also continue their educations to obtain Master and Doctorate Degree, and thus, work as academicians or researchers in both private and public institutions.
FTSP-IPB is considered to be the best and the oldest study program in the field of agricultural-based food processing, receiving “A” level by the National Accreditation Body of Higher Education/BAN PT (Decree: 1373/SK/BAN-PT/Akred/S/VII/2016). FTSP-IPB is also internationally approved by the American Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) since 2010 and the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) since 2013. FTSP-IPB has the distinction of being the first food technology study program outside of North America that is recognized by IFT with the status of "developed" in managing the education. With such national and international recognition, FTSP-IPB becomes a highly desirable study program by high school students and consequently results in a high level of competitiveness ratio for the entrance. Additionally, FTSP-IPB adopts international standard curricula with learning outcomes that meet IFT Education Standards. The information of FTSP-IPB teaching curricula can be accessed at http://fst.ipb.ac.id.
The teaching process of FTSP-IPB is fully supported by the experienced lecturers that are having recognized scientific reputations in the field of food technology at both national and international communities. From 47 lecturers that are capable to conduct teaching and research, 41 lecturers (87%) hold doctoral degrees from reputable national and overseas universities, and 16 (34%) of whom are professors. The education at FTSP-IPB is also supported by complete learning facilities (classes, laboratories and food processing pilot plants), conducted in such active-learning method, and also offers various laboratory works, and internships at food industries. This is done to foster rigorous scientific training and to develop students’ hard and soft skills. FTSP-IPB has also strong networks and collaborations with food industries, and governmental organizations in order to have greater opportunities for students’ internship programs as well as possible recruitments after graduation.
To provide students with international insights, FTSP-IPB facilitates the students to participate in the overseas student exchange programs, international conferences and international student competitions. Under the ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) program and other student exchange programs (such as Erasmus Mundus), the students are able to participate in the credit earning activities at several universities in ASEAN region, Japan and Europe (Tokyo University Agriculture and Technology, Tsukuba University, Sophia University, Ibaraki Univetsity, Mae Fah Luang University, Kasetsart University, and Universiti Putra Malaysia, and Universiti Sains Malaysia). Among the ever-attending international competitions, FTSP-IPB students mostly win the annual Developing Solution for Developing Countries (DSDC) Student Competition held by IFTSA in the United States.
Starting in the academic year of 2018/2019, IPB will open the International Class (IC-FTSP) which can be enrolled by foreign and Indonesian students. The teaching and learning process of IC-FTSP will be delivered in English.
For more information, contact:
Head of Department of Food Science and Technology
Faculty of Agricultural Engineering & Technology
Bogor Agricultural University
IPB Campus Dramaga Bogor 16610