The undergraduate degree program, Food Systems: Sustainability, Management and Technology, prepares students to become expert Food Systems managers. The program provides students with the interdisciplinary knowledge necessary to work in business, the environment, and natural resources management in the agri-food sector. The professional profile is in line with the sustainable development strategy outlined in the European Commission's communication on "Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bio-economy for Europe."
More specifically, the course training is geared towards equipping students with cross-functional competencies that combine an understanding of supply chain and economics and business management skills with technological know-how for food supply and preservation, as well as environmental sustainability. The result is an interdisciplinary study plan focused on methodological aspects and basic skills that will continue to be useful in the future.
The program provides students with methods and tools to analyze and manage agri-food businesses and institutions, for example, food production and processing companies, branded companies and cooperatives, protection consortia (ie PDOs), modern retail distributors, HoReCa businesses, quality certification companies, and those companies promoting agri-food products in Italy and abroad.
The Food Systems: Sustainability, Management and Technology undergraduate degree program is divided into three specific educational paths: the first one focuses on subjects related to sustainability; the second on topics connected to food science and technology, working with environmental subjects associated with the modern bio-economist. The students, therefore, are offered an array of options; a master's level degree program.
Specific educational goals may differ, but they share a common denominator. In fact, they are all based on sound methodological training and the tools needed to succeed in business management.
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The University of Parma is a State University. As such, it is self-governing and has administrative, organisational, and accountancy autonomy, providing services to the general public.