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The Faculty of Animal Science and Food Engineering - FZEA

Internationalization of the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

 

Introduction

 

>>>>The University of São Paulo – Universidade de São Paulo (USP) – is the largest public university in Brazil. Our university is recognized by the formation of human resources and research. The USP contributes with a significant proportion of master and doctor degrees in Brazil in different areas as education, sciences, technology and arts. The university is composed by 35 faculties and institutes distributed in six campuses: São Paulo, Bauru, Piracicaba, Pirassununga, Ribeirão Preto and São Carlos. The “USP in Numbers” is enclosed with additional data of our university. Detailed information can be accessed at the website www.usp.br

>>>>The Faculty of Animal Science and Food Engineering – Faculdade de Zootecnia e Engenharia de Alimentos da Universidade de São Paulo – FZEA USP was created in June 3rd, 1992, by the Rector Resolution no 3946. The FZEA is constituted by several didactic and research laboratories, library and other installations with the necessary infrastructure to its undergraduate and graduate programs, research and extension activities. Its mission is "to offer education, research and extension services of high quality in the area of animal and food production to the society, strongly linked to the agribusiness in Brazil, mainly in the São Paulo State". 

>>>>The Faculty staff is highly qualified and constituted by researchers with at least doctor degree and with research or extension activities in different areas connected to its courses.  The undergraduate and graduate students have significant participation in these projects of research and extension, what performs a very important component of their formation. The FZEA is also composed by technicians and administrative specialists allocated in three departments (Basic Sciences, Animal Science and Food Engineering), computational resources, academic, administrative and financial assistances. 

>>>>Our Faculty offers undergraduate courses of Animal Science and Food Engineering (diurnal and nocturnal) and also two graduate programs in Animal Science (Master and Doctor Degrees).

The “FZEA in Numbers” is enclosed with additional quantitative information of our Faculty.

 

The Undergraduate Program in Animal Science

 

>>>>This program receives 40 new students every year. It is composed by nine semesters. The last semester is dedicated to external activities linked to training or research programs.

The professional of the Animal Science works in technique orientation and services of rural extension to farmer and farming companies, in the development of research, in governmental institutions, private companies, plants for production of concentrates and supplements, the meat and milk industries, cooperatives, breeders associations, artificial insemination and zoos. 

 

The Undergraduate Program in Food Engineering

 

>>>>This program was approved by the University Council of USP in June 27th, 2000 and it was implemented in 2001. This program offers vacancies for 100 new students every year divided in diurnal and nocturnal courses. It is composed of ten semesters. 

The Food Engineer works in the food industry, with the control of raw-materials, production, processing, quality controlling, management, development of new products and food analysis, among other activities that integrate the food production chain. This professional can also work in laboratories dedicated to analyses and technical services, elaborating and evaluating industrial projects of foods in general.

 

Graduate Programs

 

>>>>The Faculty of Animal Science and Food Engineering - FZEA USP offers two Graduate Courses in Animal Quality and Productivity area in Master and Doctorate levels. The focus of this Animal Science Program is the animal production, with the main concern to contribute for qualitatively and quantitatively differentiated products. 

 

Internationalization

 

>>>>The Faculty of Animal Science and Food Engineering - FZEA USP has recently defined the strengthening of the international partnerships as one of its main priorities. This includes the accomplishment of cooperative research projects and interchanges of students and members of the Faculty staff. Such initiatives are of special interest in the research areas, education and technological innovation, in the differentiated formation of human resources and in the response for applied problems of interest to the Brazilian and international society, with respect to the animal and food production. The collaborative program contemplates study missions to graduate and undergraduate students, what will stimulate initiatives such as the double diploma and the co-supervision programs involving international institutions of recognized excellence in the near future. 

The cooperation agreements in the fields of Animal Science and Food Engineering will be established with specific plans of work and will consider the capabilities of the partner institution overseas. This is a novelty in the referred undergraduate programs and the idea is to allow an international experience for the students, in tune with the world-wide trend of globalization, allowing that they have the chance to take part of an foreign program in their area of formation, besides cultural and language enrichment in additional to expanded opportunities in the professional life. Our Commission for International Affairs will perform as the facilitating agent and will provide the necessary support to the involved activities, adding quality and mobility to the project.

 

Entrepreneurship

 

>>>>One additional priority of the Faculty of Animal Science and Food Engineering - FZEA USP has been the development of new extension services with the enterprising vision. The University Center for Technological Innovation and Extension (Centro de Inovação Tecnológica e Extensão Universitária - Unicetex) is already developing its initial activities in a provisory location inside the Campus USP Pirassununga. This Center will take care of a net of cooperation and integration dedicated to regional demands. It will include an incubator structure for companies of technological basis and with priority for the functional extension services. The Unicetex also works as a research laboratory with focus in the agribusiness and in the formation of human resources with differentiated profile of the enterprising professional. This initiative of the Entrepreneurship and Agribusiness Management Group (Grupo de Estudos e Pesquisa em Empreendedorismo e Gestão do Agronegócio – Geagro FZEA USP) includes the participation of other agencies and groups in Faculties of the same University working in similar areas, students associations and the crucial participation of the USP Agency for Innovation (Agência USP de Inovação) and of the Administration of the Campus USP Pirassununga. In the near future the Unicetex will be transferred to the old Gymnasium of the Campus, today inactive, that has an appropriate space and location for the activity in sight. 

 

Douglas Emygdio de Faria and Paulo José do Amaral Sobral

Dean and Deputy Dean of the FZEA USP

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