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South East Asia Academy for Beverage Technology
Start date: Oct 15, 2015, End date: Oct 14, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Currently Thailand clearly lacks in capacities to supply the beverage industry with adequately trained students and qualified non-academic staff. There are either technical engineers with technical knowledge & skills, but lacking of deeper knowledge on food quality, hygiene, production processes, etc., or food scientists, less skilled in engineering and without deeper knowledge in beverage technology. Now the Thai beverage industry trains their employees in house or in a limited number by Universities or overseas. The last option is only possible for few selected employees. A proper structured and sustainable collaborative concept for high quality continuing professional development (CPD) training for beverage technology is not established.To overcome these gaps a consortium of Thai and EU universities and companies of the beverage industry will establish systematically an independent joint Academy, with hubs in Thailand and EU, to enable a new sustainable collaboration between the partners for a continuing needs analysis, for developing new demand driven educational products using innovative pedagogical approaches and teaching tools to be used in CPD and higher Education (HE). Special emphasis will be given also to hygiene and environmental aspects and skills like teamwork, critical thinking and English language. The developed educational products will be qualified according international standards and implemented in a postgraduate master, in existing curricula to have an optional focus in beverage technology with the option for double/joint degrees with EU universities. Further the Academy will establish a high quality and certified LLL program using existing facilities and a certification scheme for different profiles like quality and safety manager, brewing technologist, wine technologist, etc.With the postgraduate education and the CPD training an impact will be achieved both in short time as well long term with the tuned curricula.

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