Food is essential for your life. Eating and drinking are not only basic needs, but also a cultural experience. Consumers expect a variety of safe food offered with different price levels and meeting different needs. Constantly, food producers are faced with the challenge to offer new products and to invest in modern technological processes and system technology.
The food market is constantly changing, and so are the habits of the customers. Thus, to perform successfully on the market, food producers need specialists with knowledge on both technology and economics. To raise these specialists is the aim of the study course food technology / food economics, which is unique in Germany. It combines technological and economic competences in one extensive interdisciplinary education. During the study, the students learn not only production, processing and control of food stuff; moreover, they learn economic concepts with which they can react to changes of the market and eating habits. At the beginning of the study basic knowledge in engineering and natural sciences is taught - theoretically and practically. Subjects such as food technology, food chemistry, quality management, accountancy and global food market lead to the main study stage in which the students can choose to specialize in food technology or food economics.
Students that specialize in food technology learn the technological processing of meat products, sea food, convenience products, beverages, fruit and vegetables, as well as bakery products. In addition, the application of process engineering and the support of the technology by analytical methods – microbial, physical or chemical - is also part of the education. Students that specialize in food economics learn basic knowledge of business administration. Topics such as food marketing, investment and financing, management accounting, logistics and material management as well as project management are introduced in the context of food products and companies and clarified with case studies.
With the practice-oriented and specialized education which includes cooperation with regional and national companies the graduates have the best chances in national and international employment market. The range of possible occupations is as wide as the food industry itself, from agriculture and food companies to research centres and marketing organizations (e.g. groceries, discount stores, retailers), from supply industry (plant engineering, ingredients etc.) and political institutions (e.g. Max Rubner Institute) to cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry. If young engineers are willing to strengthen their qualifications, depending on the study focus, they can apply for the Master’s programmes Biotechnology, process engineering and energy technology or Management in Medium-Sized enterprises at the University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven.