Food for thought
The school of biological sciences at the University of Hong Kong offers a master of science in food industry: management and marketing, to equip professionals in the sector with advanced training in management skills and market research methodology.
This is the only taught postgraduate programme available on food technology and management in Hong Kong.
Programme leader Edmund Li Tze-shing says the degree is important for professionals looking to go further in the sector. "Many of the students start with technical jobs such as quality assurance," he says. "As they gain more experience and move on to higher positions, they need to acquire management skills."
Students come from diverse backgrounds, including a health inspector from the government, food technicians at food manufacturers, and quality assurance supervisors at supermarkets. Lectures and workshops will be taught primarily by industry experts.
Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in science from a recognised university. Preference will be given to those specialising in food and nutritional sciences.
It is a two-year, part-time course with classes on weekday evenings and Saturday afternoons.
Philip Kwan Tse-chun, a graduate of the programme and who works as a regulatory compliance manager at a local sauce manufacturer, says the course completely changed his outlook on managing a business.
Kwan says the lecturers on the course consisted of senior managers at manufacturers from different industries, sharing their real-life management experience which he found extremely useful.