Massey qualification for Chinese food safety officials

China Food and Drug Administration and the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries have created a scholarship programme for Chinese food safety officials, which has been successfully running since 2014.

The participants begin the programme in Beijing with a two-week orientation. The first week orientates them to what they will study in New Zealand and the second week covers English language lessons.

The 12-week-long programme based in Manawatá¿¡ covers topics related to food safety and includes internships with partner organisations. Participants identify and work on a specific research topic and complete a final report when they return home. Upon successful completion, participants receive a Massey University qualification, the Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology.

Participant Yang Jihu describes the programme as "intensive classes, impressive study tour, interesting internship".

The 2015-16 class all passed. The next group is due to arrive in New Zealand in October 2016.

The programme was developed in collaboration with Massey's Te Puna Whakatipu, the Centre for Professional and Continuing Education and the Institute of Food, Science and Technology. The programme is delivered with support from industry partners AsureQuality, AgResearch, Plant and Food, and Ministry of Primary Industries.

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