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QMU Announces Italian Masters Degree in Gastronomy

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QMU Announces Italian Masters Degree in Gastronomy

QMU Announces Italian Masters Degree in Gastronomy
November 30
11:42 2016

Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University (QMU) has announced it is to join forces with an Italian university to offer a Masters Degree in Gastronomy. Due to be delivered in Italy, the new course will be taught in English and is aimed at both an Italian and international audience.

Partnering with the University of Cassino, Lazio, and the I’Ciacca Foundation, QMU will help educate students in matters of the environment, sustainability, production, nutrition, anthropology, politics, communication and culture. The course will be taught on a farm in Val di Comino, between Rome and Naples, and will draw on the expertise of farmers, producers and academics.

Currently under renovation, the teaching location is set within a vineyard and will accommodate a Masterchef-style kitchen with classrooms, accommodation and TV transmission capabilities.

Dr Richard Butt, Deputy Principal of Queen Margaret University, explained: ‘This new qualification builds on our university’s rich history of food; we were the first to offer a Masters in Gastronomy in Scotland and the gastronomy course will be an excellent fit for both Italian and international students.

‘Indeed, our partnership with the University of Cassino allows us to offer an education programme that will contribute to the economic regeneration of the local region by promoting local food production and generating international interest in Italian gastronomy and food culture.’

Created by the Di Ciacca family – who are based in Scotland but have ancestral roots in the region – the I Ciacca Foundation is a not-for profit organisation that will deliver the course when it launches in September 2018.

Dr Butt (pictured third from right) continued: ‘We are enthusiastic about our collaboration with the University of Cassino due to its expertise in business, enterprise and entrepreneurship and its track record of successful international partnerships.’

Giovanni Betta, Rector of the University of Cassino, added: ‘The collaboration with QMU will add to our university’s programme of internationalisation. It is an important agreement that will enhance the profile of gastronomy in our region, thereby contributing positively to the area’s economic regeneration.

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