POSTHARVEST GRADUATE PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT IN INDONESIA

H.K. Purwadaria
MS Postharvest Programme in Indonesia has been established since 1986 and it has been solely offered by Bogor Agricultural University so far. It could also claim as the first graduate postharvest programme in the South East Asian countries since the development of the programme was part of the AFHB (ASEAN Food Handling Bureau) to boost the postharvest higher education in the ASEAN universities in 1985, then a body that had been founded by the ASEAN nations. However, the development does not see it as an international programme, but rather as a domestic one.
The curriculum was developed based on the principles of postharvest handling technology approaches, thus allowing researches on broad commodity areas including grains, horticultural products, spices, plantation crops, fishery and meat products. It had been operated in cross disciplines of various study programmes to meet the demand of postharvest problems in the real life. The faculty staff then originated from diversifous background such as agronomy, fishery, animal sciences, food technology, engineering and economics.
MS Post Harvest Programme has never been expanded into PhD Programme even though many alumni have stated their expectation. Instead, it encourages the alumni to take their PhD degrees in other study programmes that contributed in the delivery of MS Post Harvest Programme. The students came from various backgrounds and institutions like staff of private company, government executives, faculty staff, researchers, or fresh graduates from bachelor programmes. Over than 200 graduates have been released, about 25% of them continued their study to obtain PhD degrees in other study programmes in Indonesia as well as in neighbouring countries such as Australia, Japan, and Malaysia. Many, at present, assumed middle up management in private and government agencies, and international organizations. Some reached professor career in the universities.
The curriculum was set up as a two year programme, composed of both courses and researches , with some flexibility for the students to select their own elective courses. In this paper, the coverage of researches done by the graduate students would be also outlined, some of them were funded by national and international organizations.
Purwadaria, H.K. (2013). POSTHARVEST GRADUATE PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT IN INDONESIA. Acta Hortic. 989, 301-306
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2013.989.39
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2013.989.39
MS Programme, cross disciplines, course and research curriculum
English

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