New Masters degree launched in collaboration with food and packaging industry

May 15 / 158

Chair of Agriculture Frank Dunshea, Mondelēz Managing Director ANZ Amanda Banfield, FVAS Dean Ken Hinchcliff and Vice Chancellor Glyn Davis (L-R) launched the cross disciplinary degree.
Chair of Agriculture Frank Dunshea, Mondelēz Managing Director ANZ Amanda Banfield, FVAS Dean Ken Hinchcliff and Vice Chancellor Glyn Davis (L-R) launched the cross disciplinary degree.

 

The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences has worked with the food and packaging industries to create a new Masters degree to drive innovation in these sectors.

 

The Master of Food and Packaging Innovation combines food science, packaging and product design with business skills like project management and entrepreneurship.

 

Food, confectionary and beverage manufacturer Mondelēz International identified this as an area that was underserved in tertiary education, and selected the University to create a Masters-level degree.

 

A cross-disciplinary team of University staff worked with industry advisers and research groups to design the Master of Food and Packaging Innovation.

 

Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis said the degree exemplifies the University’s keen interest in working with industry in teaching and research.

 

“The Master of Food and Packaging Innovation is exciting because it helps us tackle a number of critical needs – for new answers in global demand for food, for industry ready graduates across every sector, and for closer collaboration between universities and those on the front line of industry,” Professor Davis said.

 

 “We are confident the new Masters program will promote innovation and bring about even stronger engagement between the tertiary sector and the food and packaging industries.”

 

Amanda Banfield, Mondelēz International Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, said it was important for large companies to invest in a training and development pipeline to sustain and grow their business. 

 

“While we have been investing internally to make sure we have the best capability possible, we recognise we can greatly benefit ourselves and the industry if we’re able to reach out and perform a role in building industry capability,” Ms Banfield said. 

 

“This program has really been tailored to broad industry needs and it has been built in collaboration with industry.”

 

Ms Banfield said she expects graduates will be in high demand.

 

Professor Ken Hinchcliff, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, said the food and beverage sector required innovative product designers, able to examine and redesign processes to create healthier and better-tasting foods.

 

“Australian agribusiness will be increasingly focussed on exports to Asia over coming decades,” Professor Hinchcliff said.

 

“Graduates of this degree will help to develop goods that will appeal to customers in Australia and overseas as well as contributing to innovative packaging design and food safety.”

 

The University’s Carlton Connect group will continue to engage industry partners on research and development opportunities across the wider University under the leadership of Professor Frank Dunshea, Chair of Agriculture.

 

Story by Stuart Winthrope

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