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    Harper Adams Takes Regional Foods Global

    Posted 11 December 2007

    European Masters Working Group

    Harper Adams University College has recently hosted representatives from a number European Universities who are collaborating in the development of new International Masters degree qualification.  The Shropshire-based University College has been working in conjunction with universities from France, Italy, Spain and Romania to launch an International Masters degree in Regional Food Production and Marketing.

    The Working Group plans to launch this unique and inspirational Masters degree in 2009. The two year International Masters course will be taught at the partner institutions, with students spending time at each of the universities involved. The universities in France, Italy, Spain, Romania and England will teach particular modules that will fall within their specific areas of expertise. Harper Adams will focus on delivering food marketing and consumer studies modules.

    Ralph Early, Senior Lecturer in Food Science and Moral Philosophy at Harper Adams, and the University College’s representative on the Masters Working Group commented “Harper Adams is very pleased to be working with leading universities from across Europe to develop a course that puts quality, regional and traditional foods into an international context. There will also be a strong emphasis on the cultural, social and economic differences that affect the way regional foods are produced, promoted, distributed, sold and consumed. The International Masters will be such an innovative qualification which makes its development so interesting and, of course, I am enjoying enormously working with academic colleagues from across Europe.”  

    The international students will study at Harper Adams University College in the UK, the Ecole Superieur d'Angers, in France, the Catholic University of Piacensa, in Italy, the University of Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine at Cluj-Napoca, in Rumania, and the University of Leon, in Spain.

    Left to right: Dr Felix Arion: University of Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine, Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Dr Frederique Jonjour: Ecole Superieur d'Angers, Angers (France), Professor Wynne Jones: Harper Adams University College, Newport, Shropshire, David Llewellyn: Harper Adams University College, Newport, Shropshire, Professor Mario Fregoni:  Catholic University of Piacensa (Italy), Ralph Early: Harper Adams University College, Newport, Shropshire, Professor Eric Dufour: Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieurs des Travaux Agricoles, Clermont-Ferrand (France), Dr Emira Mehinagic: Ecole Superieur d'Angers, Angers (France), Caroline Parsy: Ecole Superieur d'Angers, Angers (France)

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