Development of curricula
The aim of this WP is to use the outcomes of the WP1 to develop the new SSNS courses and MSc programme. The Asian partner universities are going through this process and choosing the subjects for developing/improving the current curricula to offer. The proposed course and/or the MSc programme should be a holistic and integrated approach to quality education and life-long learning on sustainable seafood nutrition security, covering aspects from production to processing and promotion of seafood. Curriculum Development for Sustainable Seafood and Nutrition Security / SSNS could introduce among others the global issues affecting seafood production and trading, and will promote an understanding of the key factors affecting aquatic food production, post-harvest protocols, post-mortem metabolic events, chemical and especially microbial processes / that are key factors for food quality and safety. Quality assessment including sensory evaluation and shelf-life extension technologies will also be covered. The course could also cover key issues in seafood marketing such as the globally modern consumer concerns, trends wants and preferences, traceability systems, certifications, as well as the impact of governance and legislation on the global seafood sector. One of the main aims of the courses will be to comprehensively follow the food chain from production through to consumer nutritional security health and welfare.
Two Study trips to Europe were organized for the lecturers in order to provide opportunities of learning from established European universities, lecturers were given opportunities to visit facilities, interact with lecturers, and learn from the workshop/seminars by the experienced teachers. The followings are the summaries of the two trips:
Study trip 1 - NTNU
A weeklong study tour was hosted and organized by Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) during November 5 – 9, 2018 as a part of Workpackage 2 of the Curriculum Development for Sustainable Seafood and Nutrition Security (SSNS) funded by the European Union under Erasmus+ programme. The main objectives of the event were to learn about the courses and innovative teaching and learning methods practised at NTNU, observe laboratory facilities, equipment, and teaching-learning environments. This was in concurrent to a Chinese proverb 'I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand'. 27 lecturers and 2 staffs from EuroTraining from Asia and Europe participated in the event. More than 10 instructors of NTNU and a sub-contracted VLE (virtual learning environment) instructor gave their presentations enriched with ideas of innovative teaching-learning methods. Activities were also organized to visit laboratories and field stations including a salmon farmand a processing factory.
Study trip 2 - University of Stirling, UK:
The second and the last weeklong study tour and training workshop was organized as part of Workpackage 2 i.e. Development under the SSNS project entitled, “Curriculum Development for Sustainable Seafood and Nutrition Security (SSNS)” funded by the European Union under Erasmus+ programme.
The Study Tour and Training Workshop was organized and hosted by the University of Stirling, Scotland, UK during February 11 – 16, 2019. The main objectives of the event were to learn about the courses and innovative teaching and learning methods practiced at the University of Stirling, observe laboratory facilities, equipment, and teaching-learning methods and the environments. A total of 33 lecturers from Asia and Europe participated in the event (Fig 1). About 10 instructors of UoS gave talks and seminars during the 5-day programme in classroom sessions. About five instructors explained the laboratory systems, equipment and procedures. More importantly, five UoS students talked about their experiences on courses and research work. Participants had some practice of writing learning outcomes of their respective courses, a group discussion to design three laboratory classes and several sessions of questions and answer (Q&A). A field salmon farm visit was also organized to understand the salmon farming in Scotland. All the participants expressed their good impression about the programme mentioning that overall programme was very informative and useful.