ITALIAN FOOD AND WINE – ACADEMIC YEAR 2016-17 – MASTER DEGREE, THE UNIVERSITY OF PADOVA – ITALY
(by Edi Defrancesco) Started in the Academic year 2015-16, the “Italian Food and Wine” MSc (ItF&W) degree focuses on the understanding, management, promotion and protection of high-value food products including wine. The internationally-recognised Italian food production system is analysed as a model for defining and characterising the individual elements (technological, nutritional, organoleptic, hygienic, historical, social and terroir-related) that contribute to the unique value of food products, inextricably linked to place of origin through historical, social and cultural ties (terroir). These food and wine intrinsic and extrinsic quality attributes are receiving an increasing attention in relation to the new ways of looking at the agro-food products in a globalized context. In addition, they meet an internationally growing demand for ‘terroir-related’ high-quality foods (geographical indications –GI) and are connected to the advantages of the so-called “Mediterranean diet”.
Thanks to the multi-disciplinary approach of ItF&W, students will develop capabilities and skills necessary to manage the complex system of high-value foods and wines, whose quality is profoundly linked to the traditions and places of origin.
Applicants will understand the multi-faceted characteristics that distinguish these foods from others in the marketplace and that can be exploited in product valorisation, rural development and consumer information strategies. To this aim, he/she will study how high quality food and wine are produced, their link with the terroir, their sensory and nutritional properties, and how they are protected and can be valorised in the market.
Course units are available in the following learning areas: quality of the agro-food products (food technology, safety, traceability, nutrition), economics and product valorisation, historical and social sciences. Teaching includes lectures, laboratory and multi-disciplinary study-trips all around Italy, seminars given by Italian and international experts in the food and wine sector, that feature a rich variety of relevant case studies.
Opportunities for intensive tutoring and for master thesis-related stages are available with outstanding food companies or with relevant private or public organisations.
The study programme is open to all Italian and foreign students interested in implementing – both in the EU and international markets – effective valorisation strategies for high-quality agro-food products, based on a deep knowledge of their quality characteristics.
Tuition fees are around 2800 Euros per year; however lower fees may be applied according to the student’s household income.
Academic year-2016-17 pre-enrolments:
1) Spring: 9 non Italian student have been admitted
2) Summer_ Students holding an Italian degree (May30th-September30th) http://www.unipd.it/avvisi-ammissione-lauree-magistrali