European Union Policies, Regulations and Best Practices in Sustainable Food Production and Consumption

About Project

The Jean Monnet Chair on European Union Policies, Regulations and Best Practices in Sustainable Food Production and Consumption will deepen teaching on European Union studies in curricula of Master’s students in Environmental Science & Environmental Protection, in Environmental Control & Audit, and in Power Engineering at NUFT. Some elements of these studies are currently present in teaching courses of the Department of Biochemistry and Environmental Control (e.g., in Sustainable Development Strategy, and in Environmental Modernization of Food Technologies), but introducing the Jean Monnet Chair teaching programme in form of three new EU studies will enrich Master’s students with systematic knowledge on sustainable food production and consumption in the EU.

The Chair will provide in-depth teaching on EU sustainable food production and consumption for future professionals in environmental protection, environmental control and audit, and in engineering for national food industry. These fields are in high demands in Ukraine because food production is one of the key sectors of Ukrainian economy, and extremely need sustainable approaches, including greener, more resource- and energy-efficient development. And future professionals armed with knowledge and experience on EU policies, technical regulations and best practices in sustainable food production and consumption will be much more competitive on the national labor market and will be ready for effective collaboration with European partners.

Thus, the main teaching activity of the Chair will include three European Union studies (The EU Strategy for Sustainable Development; European Union Regulations and Standardization on Food Production and Consumption; and Sustainable Approaches in Food Production and Consumption in the EU) for two Master’s Programmes of the Department of Biochemistry and Environmental Control at NUFT.

The additional teaching activities of the Chair will include an introductory teaching course on Sustainable Food Production and Consumption in the EU for Master’s students in Power Engineering of the Department of Heat Power and Refrigeration at NUFT.

Also, additional teaching activities will be presented by two summer schools for non-academic audience, including Ukrainian policy makers, food industry experts, NGO representatives and the public. The programme of summer schools will be optimized to targeting practical interest of policy makers of all levels, from local to national, and food industry representatives through the relevant lectures, presentations, round tables and discussions with active involving of invited speakers from the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, and Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine. The NGO representatives and the public will be encouraged in term of the summer schools to studying, developing and promoting sustainable food consumption approaches in Ukraine on the best European Union practices. Also, involving of civil society representatives in the summer school activities will promote their awareness in European Union sustainable development practices and in control of civil society over the industry and the authorities. Participation in the project and particularly in the summer school activities of Dr. Yuliya Voytenko Palgan from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, Sweden will enrich the learners with first-hand European Union experience on the effective approaches and best practices in both sustainable food production and consumption.

The Chair research programme will encourage young generation of researchers at the Department of Biochemistry and Environmental Control to participating in European Union studies through the involving into research on sustainable food production and consumption in the European Union and Ukraine. These activities will involve PhD students of the Department into research (one of PhD students is a member of the Chair team), and will encourage Master’s students of the Department to carrying out their Master’s projects on the topics of the Chair research programme.   

About NUFT

The National University of Food Technologies (NUFT) is the leading university on food technologies in Ukraine which trains highly skilled professionals at the educational levels of Bachelor, and Master in 20 specialities and 44 specialisations for Food, Pharmaceutical Industries and Biotechnology. NUFT holds the status of higher educational institution of the IVth (highest) level of government accreditation.

There are 11 Faculties, 52 Departments, 5 Research Institutes, 2 Institutes of Postgraduate Education, 12 Colleges and Technical schools at NUFT. About 35 thousand students are studying at NUFT at the moment. Teaching staff of the university consists of about 600 teachers, including 21 Academicians, 100 Professors and Doctors of Sciences, and 420 Candidates of Sciences (PhDs).

NUFT library provides students with all necessary materials and information, with the amount of more than 1.2 million books and publications. The university has modern sport facilities, dining halls and hostels. Internet and modern computer technologies are widely spread within the university which enables students to master the use of ICT and receive up-to-date information.

The university has a long-term experience of international collaboration being a participant of many international educational/research communities and a participant of the international projects, including Erasmus projects.

The Department of Biochemistry and Environmental Control is preparing Bachelors, and Masters in Environmental Science, including Environmental ­Control and Audit. The curricula are being adapted to the demands of Bologna agreement. Graduates of the department are employed in private and government enterprises, public administration, research and academic institutions, including the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, and Ministry of Agrarian