A group of Cardiff Met students has been given an insight into the China food industry during a recent Trans-national Educational (TNE) visit to a Chinese university.
Twenty BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology students were given the opportunity to visit Beijing and Tianjin in China, thanks to Short-Term Mobility Funding – an initiative introduced by the University's International Office to support Cardiff Met students in participating in educational activities across the world.
Cardiff Met staff have previously visited and established a relationship with Tianjin Agricultural University, which has helped many Cardiff Met students gain an understanding of the food industry in other parts of the world.
Internationalisation has benefited the wider curriculum with the aim of providing graduates with the knowledge and skills to gain employment within the global food industry market. The China food industry is developing at such a rate that this recent trip has been particularly worthwhile.
Students were given an insight into international retailers Walmart and Carrefour (which both have a presence in Beijing), visited wet markets, convenience stores, street vendors and the famous Wang Fujing Street, where local delicacy – deep fried scorpion on a stick – was sampled!
Students also visited cultural attractions including The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and The Temple of Heaven and later the Summer Palace, Olympic Park and The Great Wall of China. Some of these trips were hosted by colleagues from Cardiff Met's China Office.
The second part of the stay was spent in Tianjin, where a team from Tianjin Agricultural University (TAU) and Sino-Campus, China's first integrated international education service provider, arranged a programme of activities and entertainment.
Dr Vitti Allender, Head of Department for Healthcare and Food at Cardiff Met said: "The trip was an absolute success, and we thank our friends and colleagues at TAU, Sino-Campus and Cardiff Met China office for the huge amount of work that they put into making arrangements. We were looked after extremely well!
"The trip enhanced the student experience and promoted the mobility culture within the School. The exchange between FST students and TAU students will be a key feature of future developments between the two universities
"During a visit to the Gobuli Food Company students tried making the famous Tianjin steamed buns with varying success rates. They were impressed with the level of investment in the company and the sophistication of the quality assurance and new product development facilities.
"Tremendous effort had been made at TAU to put on a gala event with 700 TAU students and our group was most appreciative of the hours of rehearsals evident in the staging of the event."