Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has had an associate degree in food safety for several years in response to the growing demand for trained professionals in the field.
The two-year program, developed in collaboration with Dubai Municipality, has been accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
The proliferation of the tourism and hospitality sector in the region has created an accelerated demand for trained food safety professionals. The new associate degree will help address this demand by providing students with a hands-on education in the discipline. The program will emphasize hands-on experience through field visits and a job placement, along with classroom and laboratory learning.
Since food safety is a global issue, the program will also have an international focus, incorporating global food management systems and standards, such as HACCP and ISO 22000. Graduates of the program can expect to be in demand among government, commercial and specialized consulting organizations. The new qualification is one of a number of new qualifications in the UAE and beyond.
The new qualification is among a suite of environmentally focused degree programs offered by CUD's School of Environmental and Health Sciences. Upon graduating from the Associate Degree in Food Safety, students can also take advantage of the opportunity to fast-track through the School's Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health Management, offering them the chance to progress onto two distinct career paths.