Educational Policy and Curriculum

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Curriculum policy

We organize and implement a curriculum that not only develops expertise in the physical benefits and safety of food resources and health foods but also considers the manufacture and processing of foods. Classes are divided into a Foundation Course which teaches the academic basics of food and health and the basics of management etc., a Specialized Course I which cultivates the ability to identify and solve problems and the disposition of a high-level specialist through practical study, and a Specialized Course II which develops expertise in health and food resources. We also place importance on practical learning such as field activities and internships with the aim of developing high-level international professionals who have the expertise and practical skills to be able to bridge the gap between the global community and R&D. Because the program also places importance on fostering the ability to appropriately investigate and analyze real food and health related challenges and to make proposals with practical and proven effectiveness, students must produce a special subject research report, rather than a master’s thesis, showing the outcomes of their research on a particular food and health issue. Furthermore, to fully capitalize on the merits of the international joint degree program run by our three universities, all students study at the University of Tsukuba in the first semester, National Taiwan University in the second semester, and the University of Bordeaux in the third semester. In the fourth semester, students study at any one of the three universities depending on the theme of their special subject research and their post-graduation aspirations.

Overall picture of curriculum

教育課程の全体像

Learning goals for each semester

For the three universities to jointly organize and implement a sequential and systematic curriculum in accordance with the program’s human resource development goals, the abilities taught each semester are as follows.

First semester – University of Tsukuba

 Specialized basic skills related to health and food resources, expertise in evaluating the physical benefits and safety of substances, entrepreneurial spirit, management skills, specialized English skills

Second semester – National Taiwan University

 Expertise related to health and food resources, ability to identify and resolve issues in Asia’s social and natural environments, fundamentals of R&D and project management in Asian companies

Third semester – University of Bordeaux

 Expertise related to links between health and food resources and to evaluation and development of food resources, ability to identify and resolve issues in Europe’s social and natural environments, European corporate circumstances and food safety policies, career development and professional awareness

Fourth semester – Any one of the three universities

 Further expertise on research theme, career path enhancement through corporate internship, practical skills depending on career after graduation

Model Course Pathways

Model Course Pathways

Course Outline / Syllabus

University of Tsukuba (UT)


Subject NameCourse TypeSemesterCreditCompulsory / ElectiveLocationInstructorsOutline
Basic ToxicologyLectures1st Semester1CompulsoryUniversity of Tsukuba (UT)Yoshito Kumagai, Masahiro Akiyama, Yumi Abiko
Toxicology is the study of the nature and mechanisms underlying toxic effects exerted by substances on living organisms and other biological systems. Toxicology also deal with quantitative assessment of the adverse effect in relation to the concentration of dosage, duration, and frequency of exposure of the organisms. Along with other sciences, toxicology contributes to the development of safer chemicals used as drugs, food additives, and agricultural chemicals and industrial chemicals. In this course, the students will study 1) the general aspect of toxicology (in particular, chemical toxicology and molecular toxicology), 2) biotransformation of toxicants involved in the detoxification and metabolic activation resulting in dysfunction of macromolecules and cell damage, 3) initial response and cellular protection against toxicants, and 4) toxicological evaluation.
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Environmental Health PerspectiveLectures1st Semester2CompulsoryUniversity of Tsukuba (UT)Yoshiro Kumagai, Masahiro Akiyama, Yumi Abiko, Shoji Nakayama
There are numerous chemical substances in the environment, resulting in some serious effects on the body. However, current molecular studies suggest that illnesses caused by exposure to environmental chemicals are, at least in part, attributable to the interaction with macromolecules like proteins in the organism. This lecture offers an opportunity to learn about a variety of symptoms caused by exposure of humans to environmental chemical and initial response and cellular protection against such chemicals.
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Introduction of Agro-Biomedical ScienceLectures1st Semester1CompulsoryUniversity of Tsukuba (UT)Yoshito Kumagai, Masao Ichikawa, Masayuki Matsumoto, Kazuya Morikawa, Ryosuke Ohniwa, Yoshihiro Okabe, Yuichi Yamaoka, Yutaka Kitamura, Hiroshi Ezura, Chiaki Matsukura, Juichi Peter Abe, Dominique Rolin, Thierry Noel, Michel Hernould, Catherine Bennetau, Ming-Ju Chen, Suming Chen, Chang-Chuan Chan, Hsinyu Lee, Han-Yi E. Chou, Tang-Long Shen, Tsai-Kun Li
"Food" and "Health," two issues central to human existence, are inseparable in their relationship. Food-related health problems and lifestyle-related diseases, threats to food security, and the increasing cost of medical care are just some of the many challenges society now faces. In this course, students will study the scientific fundamentals to understand such Food and Health issues, especially focusing on “Relationship between Food and Health”, “Health Security”, and “Food Security”. The global view of “Health and Food related issues” will be given by the instructors from University of Tsukuba as well as University of Bordeaux and National Taiwan University.
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Entrepreneurship Training ILectures1st Semester2CompulsoryUniversity of Tsukuba (UT)Osamu Ohneda, Yoshinori Harada
Entrepreneurship Training aims to lead the students to nurture the mindset and skill required for application of their technical seeds and ideas to society. By lecture and visiting companies and industries, students will study ideas and skills from the standpoints of social needs, entrepreneurial activities, and business continuity. Success cases and failure cases will be used as teaching materials.
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Agro-Biomedical Science Laboratory Seminar ISeminars1st Semester1CompulsoryUniversity of Tsukuba (UT)Yoshito Kumagai, Masahiro Akiyama, Masao Ichikawa, Osamu Ohneda, Masayuki Matsumoto, Kazuya Morikawa, Ryosuke Ohniwa, Yoshihiro Okabe, Hiroshi Ezura, Chiaki Matsukura, Yuichi Yamaoka, Junichi Peter Abe, Yutaka Kitamura
In this course, students attend laboratory seminar of at least one instructor, and read the latest academic publications related to Food and Health, thoroughly understanding their research objectives, methodologies and results, then discuss the significance of the studies, problem areas, and remaining areas for further study. In some cases, it may be possible for students to similarly approach Innovation-related issues in another form than academic article. The instructors from University of Tsukuba will nurture the fundamentals of Health and Food sciences, evaluating biotic effects and safety of substances, etc.
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OncologyLectures1st Semester2ElectiveUniversity of Tsukuba (UT)Masayuki Noguchi, Kenji Irie, Mitsuyasu Kato, Koji Hisatake, Hideyuki Sakurai, Yukio Sato, Shigeru Chiba, Ichinosuke Hyodo, Kouji Masumoto, Manabu Minami, Norihiko Obayashi, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Yuji Mizogami, Norio Takayashiki, Koji Kawai, Shoko Saito, Noriaki Sakamoto, Shingo Sakashita
The aim of this subject is to learn disease entity, etiology, and progression mechanism of malignant tumor. Clinical application of the basic knowledge for diagnosis and treatment is also covered. In this course, we will also focus on the latest topics of cancer research and clinical diagnosis and treatment.
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Writing Scientific Papers in English for Students of Agro-Bioresources Science and TechnologyLectures1st Semester1ElectiveUniversity of Tsukuba (UT)Yuichi Yamaoka
This Course will focus on the format of a scientific paper related to Food Security Issue. Students will study how to prepare effective figures and tables and language conventions for effective writing as well as how to communicate with journal editors. Social aspect/significance of scientific paper is also lectured. The topics of lectures are, Introduction, Materials & Methods, Figures & Tables, Results, Discussion, Abstracts, Reference, Oral Presentation, and Publication Processes.
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English in Medical Science and TechnologyLectures1st Semester1ElectiveUniversity of Tsukuba (UT)Flaminia Miyamasu, Mathis Bryan
The goal of this course is for students to develop the English proficiency they need to effectively and energetically communicate their professional achievements within the international scientific community. To this end, students of the Master’s Program in Agro-Biomedical Sciences will take two modules taught by two native-speaker instructors with respective specialties in scientific writing and scientific presentation. The topics in the class are related to medical science including health security issues.
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Critical Path Research ManagementLectures1st Semester2ElectiveUniversity of Tsukuba (UT)Koichi Hashimoto, Masafumi Muratani, Kenichi Yanagi, Keiko Fujie, Hideo Tsurushima, Takahiro Kojima
Scientific empirical studies on safety and effectiveness are indispensable in the development of medicine, therapeutic instruments, medical materials, and therapeutic/diagnostic equipment. These days, scientific empirical studies on safety and effective has also become indispensable in the development of functional foods, etc. from the viewpoint of preventive medicine. In addition, rapid development of technical seeds is strongly required in accordance with the needs of the medical care site. Under these circumstances, this course aims to equip students with importance to manage R&D strategically and to understand the existence of various jobs related to medical/pharmaceutical/health, not only from the scientific point of view, but also from the technical management point of view.
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Cancer Biology Seminars1st Semester2ElectiveUniversity of Tsukuba (UT)Kenji Irie, Mitsuyasu Kato, Saroru Takahashi, Ryosuke Ohniwa, Norihiko Obayashi, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Atsushi Kawaguchi, Tomoaki Mizuno, Yuji Funakoshi, Yasuyuki Suda
This course focuses on Cancer Biology from the aspect of molecular and cell biology, epidemiology, and biotechnology. This course will be shared with National Taiwan University and Kyoto University through TV meeting system. Students will join in lectures by instructors, and student presentation introducing scientific papers related cancer biology. Students will learn scientific literacy in cancer, and science communication in English. This course is hosted by University of Tsukuba. Some lectures are given by the lecturers from National Taiwan University and Kyoto University.
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Health Care Policy and Management / Health Service AdministrationLectures1st Semester2ElectiveUniversity of Tsukuba (UT)Masahide Kondo
This course focuses on present situation and issues on health care system and health insurance system, and also learn heath laws related on these system and issues. We also introduce present situation and issues on evaluation and quality of health care services. Students will obtain knowledge on clinical economics and medical decision making as a base of these kinds of study, and will be able to examine the current issues on health system and explain some ideas of its measures to be taken from perspectives of heath policy.
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Advanced Food SystemLectures1st Semester2ElectiveUniversity of Tsukuba (UT)Yutaka Kitamura
This course focus on food security issues in terms of food system. From the reasons to be directed to non-uniform wide variety of organic resources, required persistence for energy conservation and resource conservation, and the difficulty of the artificially controlled by influence of nature, explain that the handling by systematizing is effective while citing example.
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Entrepreneurship Training IISeminars1st Semester2ElectiveUniversity of Tsukuba (UT)Osamu Ohneda, Yoshinori Harada
Based on the knowledge studied in “Entrepreneurship Training I”, this course focuses on the practical skills how to make plans of starting business, and make the presentation. Through the lecture from and discussion with instructors, students will learn project management, marketing, construction of organization, financial arrangement, scheduling, risk management, exit strategy, etc.
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Advanced Course on Global Food SecurityLectures1st Semester2ElectiveUniversity of Tsukuba (UT)Yuichi Yamaoka
This course focus on Food security researches among the topics of Food and Health. Food security research has to be accelerated against global food crisis, which is going to be serious issue in near future. We provide advanced research topics and cutting-edge techniques for global food security research. Supervisor of each student will provide advanced research topics of specific research field related to the global food security. Students will be evaluated by report and review.
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Research and Development for Agro-Biomedical Science IPractical training and experiments1st Semester3ElectiveUniversity of Tsukuba (UT)Yoshito Kumagai, Yumi Abiko, Masahiro Akiyama, Masao Ichikawa, Osamu Ohneda, Masayuki Matsumoto, Kazuya Morikawa, Ryosuke Ohniwa, Yoshihiro Okabe, Hiroshi Ezura, Chiaki Matsukura, Yuichi Yamaoka, Peter Junichi Abe, Yutaka Kitamura
In this course, students learn the principles and methodologies of research related to Agro-Biomedical Science through working on specific research themes in the common laboratory for Agro-Biomedical Science and a lab managed by instructors. The instructors from University of Tsukuba will nurture the fundamentals of Health and Food sciences, evaluating biotic effects and safety of substances, etc. Students must prepare a report of their research progress which is evaluated by the instructor who host the student.
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Internship in JapanPractical training and experiments1st Semester3ElectiveUniversity of Tsukuba (UT)Chiaki Matsukura, Yoshihiro Okabe, Kazuya Morikawa, Ryosuke Ohniwa
Students enrolled in this course participate in internships at corporate sites and/or private research establishments off-site from the university in Japan. Students will study the knowledge/skills toward writing comprehensive report and/or job-hunting as well as the culture of Japanese corporates/institutions. Internship sites are chosen from either selected companies holding written agreements with the university, or other sites selected by the student and approved by the relevant program committee. Following their internships, students compile a report about the experience and make a presentation on it to faculty and their peers.
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National Taiwan University (NTU)


Subject NameCourse TypeSemesterCreditCompulsory / ElectiveLocationInstructorsOutline
Principle and Application in Health Research Methods2nd Semester3CompulsoryNational Taiwan University (NTU)WEI-JANE CHEN
The module will be delivered over one semester, as a blend of small group work and lectures, practical exercises, group project, presentation and in-class discussion of reading tasks.
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Environmental and Occupational Health2nd Semester3CompulsoryNational Taiwan University (NTU)CHANG-FU WU
Introduce the core knowledge in environmental and occupational health. Present the updated research themes.
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Contemporary Issues in Global Health2nd Semester3CompulsoryNational Taiwan University (NTU)CHANG-CHUAN CHAN
This Contemporary Issues in Global Health is designed for doctoral students, majoring in global health. This course will provide students with knowledge of cross-cutting global health theme and global burden of diseases, and ways of working together to improve global health. In addition to lecture, it will cover global health cases in Asia an Africa.
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Agriculture of Taiwan2nd Semester2ElectiveNational Taiwan University (NTU)MING JU CHEN
1.INTRODUCTION (MING-JU CHEN/DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)
2.SOIL CHARACTERISTICS, POLLUTION AND REMEDIATION TECHNIQUES IN TAIWAN (ZUENG-SANG CHEN/DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL CHEMISTRY)
3.VEGETATION ECOLOGY AND DIVERSITY OF TAIWAN (KUO-FANG CHUNG/SCHOOL OF FOREST AND RESOURCE CONSERVATION)
4.FRUIT PRODUCTION IN TAIWAN (KUO-TAN LI/DEPARTMENT OF HORTICULTURE AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE)
5.CONTROL TECHNIQUES OF IMPORTANT DISEASES OF FRUIT TREES IN TAIWAN (TING-HSUAN HUNG/DEPARTMENT OF PLANT PATHOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY)
6.CROP BREEDING IN TAIWAN (YANN-RONG LIN/DEPARTMENT OF AGRONOMY)
7.TAIWAN FLORAL INDUSTRY AND POSTHARVEST TECHNIQUES (JEN-CHIH CHEN/INSTITUTE OF BIOTECHNOLOGY)
8.STATUS QUO OF PEST CONTROL IN TAIWANESE AGRICULTURE (HOW-JING LEE/DEPARTMENT OF ENTOMOLOGY)
9.INTRODUCTION OF DOMESTIC LIVESTOCK IN TAIWAN (YU-TEN JU/DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)
10.ANIMAL DISEASE PROTECTION AND QUARANTINE IN TAIWAN(CHIN-CHENG CHOU/SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE)
11.APPLICATION OF BIOTECHNOLOGY ON MODERN AGRICULTURE (MEN-CHI CHANG/DEPARTMENT OF AGRONOMY)
12.AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY AND FUNCTIONAL FOODS IN TAIWAN (YI-CHEN LO/INSTITUTE OF FOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)
13.ADVANCED BIOTECHNOLOGIES FOR ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND REPRODUCTION(LI-YING SUNG/INSTITUTE OF BIOTECHNOLOGY)
14.INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING IN TAIWAN (MING-CHE HU/DEPARTMENT OF BIOENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS ENGINEERING)
15.AGRICULTURAL MECHANIZATION IN TAIWAN (SUMING CHEN,CHUNG-KEE YEH/DEPARTMENT OF BIO-INDUSTRIAL MECHATRONICS ENGINEERING)
16.AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION AND COMMUNICATION IN TAIWAN (HSUI-PING YUEH/DEPARTMENT OF BIO-INDUSTRY COMMUNICATION AND DEVELOPMENT)
17.AGRICULTURAL TRADE LIBERALIZATION AND THE RESPONDING STRATEGY(RHUNG-JIEH WOO/DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS)
18.FINAL EXAM
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Applied Translational Microbiology2nd Semester3ElectiveNational Taiwan University (NTU)TANG-LONG SHEN
Example is given as the following with a focus on Cordyceps spp. Participating students will have to attend a field trip involving in collecting indigenous fungi, in particular the fungi infected insects and known to be used in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), such as Cordyceps spp. In addition, students will also practice to identify, cultivate and analyze the collected fungi. In this program, bioassays and toxicological test will be conducted to investigate any of their potential usages in medicine and healthy supplement to improve the global health. At last, the protocols for cultivation and fermentation growth in vitro of the Cordyceps spp. will be learned and it is important for future industrialization.
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Molecular Nutrition: genomic, Metabolic and Health Aspects2nd Semester2ElectiveNational Taiwan University (NTU)LO,YI-CHEN
本課程由美國密西西比大學、台灣大學、師範大學與屏東科技大學等兩地四校共同講授的課程,授課內容透過視訊會議方式同步進行,全程以英文進行講授和討論。課程內容主要為營養生化學、營養基因體學、營養代謝學和表基因體學為主。課程主要探討飲食和營養對個人基因和代謝的影響,及其如何經由分子層面來影響健康。修課對象主要為具有營養基本知識和概念的大四及研究所同學。
授課教師包括有:
台大生技系:蕭寧馨博士(Ning-Sing Shaw, Ph.D., Professor)
台大食科所:羅翊禎博士(Yi-Chen Lo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor)、潘敏雄博士、謝淑貞博士
美國密西西比大學:鄭文興博士(Wen-Hsing Cheng, Ph.D., Assistant Professor)
師大人類發展與家庭學系:蘇純立博士 (Chun-Li Su, Ph. D., Professor)
屏科大: 余祺博士
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Biotechnology in Milk Products2nd Semester3ElectiveNational Taiwan University (NTU)MING JU CHEN
This course examines the culture and institutions of knowledge production and dissemination. The subjects under study include both scientific and non-scientific knowledge. It reviews four themes: 1. culture of academic institutions and disciplines; 2. culture of scientific knowledge; 3. oral and print culture; 4. cultures of non-intellectual knowledge, such as health, diet, sex, and nationality.
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Cellular Network of Biological Molecules2nd Semester2ElectiveNational Taiwan University (NTU)TANG-LONG SHEN
本課程內容涵蓋細胞內訊息分子的介紹、作用機制、參與途徑及其調控的細胞功能和生物反應。這些細胞訊息傳遞在生物內具專一性及/或共通性。因此,從動物細胞組織、植物到微生物內的重要途徑都將舉例介紹。同時,課程將以上課和主題討論的方式.並同時與日本京都大學進行即時視訊教學,討論; 但以台大為主撥學校。以期增進國際學習交流和互動。全程將以英文上課。
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Measuring Burden of Disease: Methods and Applications2nd Semester2ElectiveNational Taiwan University (NTU)林先和
The measurement and quantification of population health could assist health policy making and priority setting. In the past few years there have been major advancements in burden of disease research, mainly led and stimulated by the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD). This course will give an overview on the concepts and methods used to quantify the burden of disease at the national and global level. The GBD will be a main focus of this course, but other alternative approaches will also be reviewed. The course consists of lectures, computer labs, a hands-on group-based project, and a field visit to the Department of Statistics of Ministry of Health and Welfare.
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Bio-Entrepreneurship TrainingLectures and Seminars2nd Semester2ElectiveNational Taiwan University (NTU)Ning-Sing Shaw
In this course, we will nurture potential entrepreneurs in Bio-related fields. Through the examples of businesses in Taiwan, students will study fundamental knowledges required for starting/managing businesses (ex; corporate organization, corporate management, Industry-Government-Academia Collaboration, Brand, marketing, positioning, value proposition, etc.). Additionally, we will visit bio-corporation in Taiwan to promote better understanding of actual corporate situation.
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Biomedical Translation Boot CampLectures with optional practical training, lab experience and experiments2nd Semester3ElectiveNational Taiwan University (NTU)Coordinators: Prof. Tsai-Kun Li and Han-Yi Chou
Students need to study the subject under at least one instructor.
Prof. Tsai-Kun Li, Prof. Han-Yi E. Chou, Prof. Shu-Chun Teng, Prof. Chang-Chuan Chan, Prof. Hsinyu Lee, Prof. Ming-Ju Chen, Prof. Tang-Long Shen
In this course, students plan and implement biomedical and translation research lab related to unmet needs of food security and global health and identify social and natural environment-related issues/challenges in R & D. aiming to provide basics and trainings for building and boosting skill sets of students for a community of solutions for the unmet needs. This boot camp aims to initiate and engage graduate students in a process to translate evidence-based medical care and food security into locally relevant and globally appropriate approaches and technologies, especially on the aspects of biochemistry and molecular biology. Students shall implement their own identified unmet needs and work optionally in the relevant labs while regularly holding discussions with course faculty members. After completion of combined course time, lectures and training with optional laboratory work, students must submit the report of research progress which will be evaluated by the course coordinators and respective instructors who host the students. The Bootcamp will conclude with a “Student Biomedical and Translational Research Symposium” open to all faculty, researchers and students. During preparation, MCB students will be provided with optional personal tutors/instructors.
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Fusion of Field and Laboratory StudiesPractical training and experiments2nd Semester3ElectiveNational Taiwan University (NTU)Students need to study the subject under at least one instructor.
Prof. Hsinyu Lee, Prof. Tsai-Kun Li, Prof. Chang-Chuan Chan, Prof. Ming-Ju Chen, Prof. Tang-Long Shen, Prof. Han-Yi E. Chou
In this course, students plan and implement field practicum related to Food and Health and identify social and natural environment-related issues/challenges in R & D. Students implement their own R&D based on the issues/challenges they have identified in the field and worked on in the lab while regularly holding discussions with course faculty. Combined practicum time in the field and laboratory is 90 + hours. Student must submit the report of research progress which will be evaluated by the instructor who hosts the student.
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Agro-Biomedical Science Laboratory Seminar IISeminars2nd Semester1ElectiveNational Taiwan University (NTU)Hsinyu Lee, Tsai-Kun Li, Chang-Chuan Chan, Ming-Ju Chen, Tang-Long Shen, Han-Yi E. Chou
In this course, students attend laboratory seminar of at least one instructor, and read the latest academic publications related to Food and Health, thoroughly understanding their research objectives, methodologies and results, then discuss the significance of the studies, problem areas, and remaining areas for further study. In some cases, it may be possible for students to similarly approach Innovation-related issues in another form than academic article. The instructors from National Taiwan University will nurture the expertise of Health and Food sciences, and the ability to find and solve the problems in Asian society and nature.
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Research and Development for Agro-Biomedical Science IIPractical training and experiments2nd Semester2ElectiveNational Taiwan University (NTU)Hsinyu Lee, Tsai-Kun Li, Chang-Chuan Chan, Ming-Ju Chen, Tang-Long Shen, Han-Yi E. Chou
In this course, students learn the principles and methodologies of research related to Agro-Biomedical Science through a specific research theme in a lab managed by instructors. The instructors from National Taiwan University will nurture the expertise of Health and Food sciences. Student must submit the report of research progress which will be evaluated by the instructor who hosts the student.
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Internship in Taiwan IPractical training and experiments2nd Semester3ElectiveNational Taiwan University (NTU)Hsinyu Lee
Students enrolled in this course participate in internships at corporate sites and/or private research establishments to study corporate culture in Taiwan. Internship sites are chosen from either selected companies holding written agreements with the university, or other sites selected by the student and approved by the relevant program committee. Following their internships, students compile a report about the experience and make a presentation on it to faculty and their peers.
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Internship in Taiwan IIPractical training and experiments2nd Semester15ElectiveNational Taiwan University (NTU)Hsinyu Lee
Students enrolled in this course participate in internships at corporate sites and/or research institution off-site from the university in Taiwan. In this course, compared with Taiwan Internship III, students can study longer period in the corporate sties and/or research institution. Students will study the knowledge/skills toward writing comprehensive report and/or job-hunting as well as the culture of Taiwanese corporates/institutions. Students need to have daily discussion with the instructor, research supervisors, and/or mentors to accomplish comprehensive report writing and job-hunting. Following their internships, students compile a report about the experience and make a presentation on it to faculty and their peers.
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University of Bordeaux (UB)


Subject NameCourse TypeSemesterCreditCompulsory / ElectiveLocationInstructorsOutline
Field to Laboratory Practices with Data Management & Data MiningClass / Lab work / Personal work3rd Semester1.5CompulsoryGreen campus and Carreire campus at University of Bordeaux (UB) and local farms and agrofood industriesPr Thierry Noel, Pr. M. Hernould
Starting from questions of farmers and from the customer’s demands, together with the students we design experiments to be performed in the lab. Then, the students harvest the resulting data and together with the teacher, students will choose the most efficient data mining way to process the results. In the last, the students work to present their analyses and their conclusions of the experiments regarding the initial professional and scientific questions. The objective of this teaching unit is to push the students to translate a socio-economic demand in scientific question that has to be solved, to build a project as a proposal for an application call, describing the work-package, the project management and the financial support. In addition, the student will work together with the teachers as project teams to develop skills in project team management and communications.
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International Scientific SeminarsSeminar / Personnal work3rd Semester1.5CompulsoryGreen campus at University of Bordeaux (UB)Prof Dominique Rolin, Prof Michel Hernould, Prof. Philippe Gallusci
Through participation in 10 scientific seminars organized by the Research Federation of Integrative Biology and Environment, students learn the field-specific knowledge and experience the international research seminars by senior scientists. The seminar subjects are dependant of the international invited scientists and related to Plant Biology, Biotechnology, Plant Physiology and Metabolism. The students will learn how to take note and write a concise resume of the seminars through tutorial courses. Students will get the opportunity to discuss with the invited scientists to bridge R&D with their scientific interest.
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Integrative Unit with Omic & Bioinformatic Tools (From the Biosynthesis of Molecules to the Positive or Negative Human Health Benefits) Lectures / case studies with personal work3rd Semester1.5CompulsoryUniversity of Bordeaux (UB) Prof. Dominique Rolin (UB), Prof. Antoine de Daruvar, Prof Michel Hernould, Prof. Catherine Bennetau, Prof Jean-Michel Merillon, Associated Prof Gérard Barroso, Associated Stéphanie Krisa, Prof Thierry Noel
Transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics are three major platforms of comprehensive omics analysis in the science of food and complementary medicine. Other omics disciplines, including those of epigenetics and microRNA, are matters of increasing concern. The increased use of the omics approach in food science owes much to the recent advancement of technology and bioinformatic methodologies. Moreover, many researchers now put the combination of multiple omics analysis (integrated omics) into practice to exhaustively understand the functionality of food components. However, data analysis of integrated omics requires huge amount of work and high skill of data handling. This course will provide participants with biological examples of data integration in the fields of human nutrition, and the challenges that researchers face. The course will focus on the biosynthesis of molecules to the positive or negative human health benefits (vitamins, microtoxins, secondary metabolites as carotenoids or polyphenols) by exploring the biosynthesis path way and the behaviour in the food stream.
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Job or Internship Hunting Including Technological WatchPersonal work with tutorial courses3rd Semester1.5CompulsoryUniversity of Bordeaux (UB) Prof. Dominique Rolin (UB), Associated Prof. Claudine Trossat (UB)
Job or internship hunting aims to lead students to mature the mindset and skills required for internship or job hunting. Students will learn and practise the search for job openings and internships, and understand and practise the job application and interview process. In relation to their own professional project, students will explore career options, and relate personal skills, aptitudes, and abilities for future career decisions. The students will become familiar with job and career possibilities. In parallel, students will practise a technological watch on a specific scientific subject that they have chosen in link with their own professional project. Lectures are conducted in English.
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Green Biotechnology Lectures / case studies3rd Semester1.5ElectiveUniversity of Bordeaux (UB) Prof. Philippe Gallusci (UB), Prof. Michel Hernould (UB), Assistant-Prof. Fredéric Delmas (UB)
The objectives are to allow the students to deepen their knowledge in the most recent aspects of plant biotechnologies in terms of strategies and methodologies. This includes GMO use and regulations, genome editing technologies or synthetic biology. The course will focus on examples as to better understand the various strategies that can be used to set up research or industrial projects in this domain.
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Impact of Environmental (Biotic and Abiotic) Stresses on Crops ProductionLectures / case studies3rd Semester1.5ElectiveUniversity of Bordeaux (UB) Prof. Eric Gomès (UB), Assistant-Prof. Gérard Barroso (UB), Assistant-Prof. Virginie Lauvergeat (UB)
Interaction of plants with environmental factors is a key parameter of their development and thus of yield and performance of crop systems. This teaching unit focuses on the impact of abiotic (temperature, light, water and nutrient availability) and biotic (phytopathogenic or symbiotic microorganisms) factors with crop physiology and productivity. Plant adaptation strategies and defense mechanisms will be presented. Finally, production of mycotoxins by filamentous fungal phytopathogenic species during plant infection will be studied as a response to plant defense mechanisms.
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Integrating & Advanced Plant BreedingResearchers and teachers Lectures, case studies, data practicals, breeding companies visiting3rd Semester1.5ElectiveUniversity of Bordeaux (UB) Associate Prof. Valérie Schurdi-Levraud (UB), Associate Prof. Pierre-François Bert (UB), Prof. P. Gallusci (UB)
Plant Breeding plays an important role in the development of plant varieties for food, feed and industrial uses. Plant breeding is conducted by international companies with strategic markets as European and Asian markets. New varieties have to meet current demands regarding yield and biomass production, disease resistance, quality characteristics, salt or drought tolerance and suitability for sustainable plant production systems as organic production. Plant Breeding involves a variety of aspects, ranging from the molecular level as genes cloning to the population level and requires knowledge on molecular biology, physiology, pathology, epigenetics, bioinformatics, biotechnologies and genetics of cultivated plants.
The teaching unit will present the challenges of plant breeding for the 21st century, develop the up-to-date strategies for plant breeding including molecular markers, genes cloning, genomic selection, interaction genotype x environment and associated biotechnologies. Personal project will be conducted on breeding for quality, for resistance... on a chosen species.
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Nutrition & Health Organisation in EuropeLecture / Collaborative case studies / Practical training (24 hours in total)3rd Semester1ElectiveUniversity of Bordeaux (UB) Prof. Dominique ROLIN (UB), Prof Catherine BENNETAU (BSA), Ass Prof Benoît GROSSIORD (BSA)
When the industry develops a new functional food it must integrate the Nutrition & Health system currently existing in the geographic area targeted. In Europe health is a public issue and is funded by governmental and European organisms. Therefore, several organisms exist at the country and European levels to assess health, foodstuff safety and to determine global nutrition policies. Because the different European countries have their own dietary habits, the regulations have to be adapted from one country to another following the same goals and aims. This course will explain the Food general policy in Europe as well as some countries specificity. It will present how food safety assessment is organized in Europe and in some European countries. The course will highlight the European regulations. This will include general considerations like consumers information, the food-law, the allegation system and the particularities of food supplements in the Nutrition approach. The toxicity assessments will also be presented both on chemicals and microorganisms.
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Nutrition, Microbiome and ImmunityLectures / case studies with personal work3rd Semester3ElectiveUniversity of Bordeaux (UB) Prof N. Larmonier
Deficiency in or inappropriate diet intake is associated with a lack in specific micronutrients which leads to dysfunction of the immune system essential to host protection. The different arms of the immune system can be affected by inadequate nutrition including the adaptive and innate immunity (T and B lymphocyte, monocyte, phagocyte or natural killer cell function and complement responses for instance). Various pathological conditions such as obesity, nutritional behavior disorders for example can affect the immune function leading to decreased protection against pathogen, chronic inflammation, autoimmunity or increased risk of cancer. This course is centered upon the interactions between nutrition, microbiota and the normal or pathological functioning of the immune system. These topics will be covered through the following specific axes:
Axe 1: Importance of diet and nutrients in the regulation and maintenance of the physiologic function of the immune system; diet-related inflammatory responses (chronic inflammation and associated pathologies: IBD, Cancer...)
Axe 2: Modulation of the immune system by adipokines in obesity and associated disorders.
Axe 3: Impact of dietary components on gut microbiome, immunity and inflammation and physiopathologic consequences (cancer prevention, autoimmunity)
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Nutrition, Physiological Regulation and Major Human DiseasesLectures / case studies with personal work3rd Semester3ElectiveUniversity of Bordeaux (UB) Prof. J. Lang, Prof. J.P. Savineau, Associated Prof M. Raoux, Associated NN
Major chronic human diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular pathologies are characterized by interplay between genetic background and life style with an important nutritional component. In the extreme case derangements may lead to the “metabolic syndrome” with consequences on glucose homeostasis and cardiovascular organs. The recent increase in obesity and nutrition-related disease further underscores the necessity to understand the basis of the impact of nutrition/life style on health.

This course will provide participants with models of normal and altered nutrition homeostasis and paradigms to study their influence in animal models. The course will focus on nutrition signalling, integration, short-term experimental effects and long-term epidemiology, from the point of view of the whole body, organs and down to the cellular and molecular level.
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Quality of Animal-based FoodstuffLectures / Collaborative work / Practical training (24 hours in total)3rd Semester1ElectiveUniversity of Bordeaux (UB) Prof. Dominique ROLIN (UB), Prof Maria URDACI (BSA), Ass Prof Marie-Pierre ELLIES, Dr Guillaume DURAND (BSA), Ing Anne-Marie ELIE (BSA)
Animal foodstuff quality is currently assessed using techniques either equivalent to those used for plants or using specific techniques. In this training program the animal foodstuff quality and its assessment will be presented via theoretical and practical methods. The quality assessment proposed is:

1. a sensory and textural evaluation (mechanical approach / rheology) of animal based food-stuff following the food standard evaluation system adopted in Europe
2. a composition evaluation based on nucleic acid detection and identification in order to characterize fraudulent use of animal matter in processed food.

The team is currently developing original and innovative methods based on aptamers for taste evaluation of animal-based foodstuff. The practical training will take benefit of this innovative approach.

The team is also developing laboratory analysis using DNA probes specific of animal material. This allows checking for the identity of the food-products used to prepare processed food.
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Water and Food-borne Microbiological Diseases and Dietary Habits in Human PopulationLectures / case studies with personal work 3rd Semester3ElectiveUniversity of Bordeaux (UB) Prof T. Noël, Prof A. Blanchard, Prof V. Dubois, Associated Prof G. Barroso, Associated Prof I. Accoceberry, Associated Prof L. Beven, Associated Prof K. Dementhon, Associated Prof L. Rivière
Foodborne illness (also called called "foodborne disease," "foodborne infection," or "food poisoning) is a worldwide common public health problem. Microbiological foodborne illness are resulting from the food spoilage or from the contamination of water and food by pathogenic bacteria, viruses, or parasites, as well as from the presence of harmful chemicals and natural toxins produced by bacteria and filamentous fungi. These different diseases have many different symptoms, so there is no one "syndrome" that is foodborne illness. However, the microbe or toxin enters the body through the gastrointestinal tract, which constitutes the starting point of the disease.

Through examples chosen wihin the main microorganisms responsible for foodborne illness, such as waterborne virus (Hepatitis A, Norovirus), foodborne bacteria (Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria, E. coli, Clostridium) and parasites (Toxoplasma, Amoeba, Cryptosporidia, Microsporidia, Taenia), this course aims to present the life cycles, the natural reservoir and mode of transmission of these microorganisms, along with the physiopathology of the disease. Another aspect will deal with the major mycotoxins possibly present in food and beverage (Aflatoxin, Ochratoxin, Trichothecenes), emerging toxins (Enniatin, Beauvericin, Moniliformin) and their fungal producers. Information will be provided on acute and chronic toxicity, detection and quantification of toxin contamination, and European Union norms.
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Internship in FrancePractical training and experiments3rd Semester15ElectiveUniversity of Bordeaux (UB) Dominique Rolin, Michel Hernould, Claudine Trossat, Valérie Schurdi-Levraud
Students take this course by participating in at least a 5 month (700 h) internship at a company, a public or a private institute in France or overseas. Students will study the knowledge/skills toward writing comprehensive report and/or job-hunting as well as the culture of French corporates/institutions. Internship locations are chosen from either selected companies who exchanged written agreements with University of Bordeaux, or other locations selected by the student and approved by the relevant program committee. Following their internships, students compile a report about the experience and make a presentation on it to faculty and their peers.
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