International training program in food safety, quality assurance and risk analysis
 Admission Requirements

Academic requirements

Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science degree of minimum 4 years with good overall score (min B+) in a discipline related to the content of the course (Food Science, Food Technology, Nutrition, Food Safety, Agriculture, Food Processing, etc.) from a recognized university, college or institute and have at least 2 years’ practical (field) experience in the domain of food safety. Priority for awarding a VLIR fellowship will be given to applicants which hold also a university Master of Science degree and/or PhD degree in a discipline related to the content of the course,
Prerequisite knowledge which should have been acquainted during your studies are: Food Safety, Agriculture, Food Supply chain, Food Technology, Food Microbiology, Food Chemistry and Pesticides, Quality Assurance or Risk Assessment, i.o.w. you should have followed all those courses during your educational (including specific training programmes) curriculum, otherwise you cannot be academically accepted.

  • Language knowledge

English, due to the global target group and language applied in international organisations dealing with food security and food safety. Applicants must be able to prove their proficiency in English. There are 4 possibilities to supply this proof:

  1. TOEFL certificate (the UGent TOEFL code is 2643) with: a minimum total score of 550 on the paper based test, or  a minimum total score of 80 on an internet based test (including min. 22/30 for writing).              
  2. IELTS with a minimum overall band score of 6,5  and min. 6 for writing.
  3. Official proof stating language of education used from secondary school on was English
  4. Official proof stating English is the main language of communication professionally used in your work environment (speaking, writing, reporting, ...),
  5. English as mother language

 Remark: TOEFL/IELTS predictive tests are not acceptable

  • Specific admission criteria

The participants are working for governmental, research or non profit organisations or (private) companies (involved) in the agri food chain and carry responsibility within the control of different aspects of food safety. Focus is made on both  agricultural and industrial level.

With the new ITP Food Safety program we want to reach risk managers or decision taking persons. As we invested for 9 years in highly technical skilled persons in research organizations, ministries, universities, official bodies, etc. it is the objective to create networks in food safety, quality assurance and risk assessment in the various countries. So, there is a lot of knowledge present in your countries ! Go to find it and collaborated to bring a clear case study to Ghent to work on in the evidence based decision making process.

Therefore, if applicants are interested in joining our training, a prerequisite is to contact a ITP food safety alumni in your country where a collaboration can start up around a certain food safety problem.

It is expected that when coming to Ghent a hazard identification is conducted, a dataset of the hazard is present and eventually already some risk assessment calculations are conducted (based on concentration data of the hazard and consumption information).

To look for a local buddy, please go to the folder Overview of participants 2009-2017 to get into contact in your country with previous ITP alumni or local network acting as buddy to the participant, and with input and interaction from the UGent promotors or other staff as a UGent coach.

Last update on 15/03/2018 -
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