Bahir Dar Institute of Technology, Bahir Dar University hosted a curriculum review workshop for PhD in Food Science and Nutrition

The curriculum review workshop for PhD in Food Science and Nutrition has been held today, organized by the Faculty of Chemical and Food Engineering. Dr. Ayinadis Molla, Director, Postgraduate Office of Bahir Dar Institute of Technology, welcomed guests, participants, and reviewers from Addis Ababa University (AAU) and the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI). Following that, she stated the institute is dedicated to quality, education, creativity, and innovation, with a vision to be a source of pride for nations through excellence in technology, education, research, and innovation. In our journey to expand and diversify our graduate studies, we are opening up new disciplinary programs to meet the demands of the market and consulting with different stakeholders. Together, we aim to develop programs that will effectively tackle social, economic, political, cultural, and environmental issues in our society.
Dr. Metadel Kassahun, the Dean of FCFE, gave a brief overview of the faculty's activities. FCFE offers three undergraduate programs, nine master of science programs, and eight PhD programs. The PhD programs include Biochemical Engineering, Environmental and Biological Engineering, Industrial and Environmental Engineering, Nano science and Technology, Polymer science and Engineering, and Process Engineering and Design. FCFE is committed to providing quality education and research opportunities to its students, and we are proud to be a part of this institution's journey towards excellence in technology and innovation.
Dr. Mesfin Wogayehu then presented a curriculum prepared for the PhD in Food Science and Nutrition. As he stated, the problem of food and nutrition insecurity in the country is getting worse Contributing factors to this prevalent problem could be the rapidly growing population, low production and productivity, and poor feeding practices. Lack of nutrition education. He stated that this curriculum was created in response to the findings of need assessments collected from the government, NGOs, and private sectors. To do this, it appears timely to launch this program to have highly qualified, PhD-level food and nutrition scientists.
External reviewers Dr. Paulos Getachew from Addis Ababa University (AAU) and Dr. Endale Amare from the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) gave a lot of comments and suggestions via Zoom. According to them, the program was viewed as an essential input for our country's need for highly qualified, PhD-level food and nutrition scientists to meet the demands of the country in academia, research, industry, and governmental and non-governmental organizations to support the development efforts of the country. Finally, for the questions raised by the participants, Dr. Ayinadis responded, and the schedule for the day was completed.
Dr. Metadel, on his closing remark, extending his gratitude for the developing committee, external reviewers, and other participants, showed a direction on how to use the input found from the workshop to develop a momentously finalized curriculum so that graduates of the program will be proficient at the global level.
Information and Strategic Communication Directorate
      
Date: 
14 Nov 2023
Place: 
Bahir Dar University
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