Since 2015 EQAsce is establishing international standards of education for skilled personnel and managers additionally to the industry standards of the EQAsce members GlobalG.A.P., IFS and GS1 with their focus on global food value chains.

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With its cross-border harmonized qualification offers EQAsce seeks to reach those responsible world-wide for quality, risk and crisis management in all stages of the value chain for fruit, vegetables, meat, milk, fish, eggs and refrigerated processed products as well as all products sold via the catering trade. Universities are driving the internationalization and harmonization of course-contents and degrees. Since October 2017, the EQAsce certification bodies have been able to draw on the expertise of lecturers from a neutral, international university network who have joined forces to form a thematic university network (Memorandum of Understanding). Currently strategic economic and scientific cooperations are being established within Europe but also with Japan.

Thematic university network

The International FoodNetCenter of the University of Bonn has a coordinating function for the development of a thematic university network. A large number of existing partnerships of the University of Bonn form the network nodes for TUNEQA. One important activity is the Joint Summer School taking place each year. They are ranging around one topic and are organized and conducted jointly by several universities.

Additionally, there is a lively exchange of lecturers to jointly develop and update teaching material considering the EQA standard for the Quality Systems Manager Junior degree.

Im Bild (v.l.n.r.): Dr. h.c. Halier, European Retail Academy, Christian Grütters, Aufsichtsratsvorsitzender von EQAsce, Prof. Dr. Brigitte Petersen, Vorsitzende International FoodNetCenter der Universität Bonn, Prof. Dr. Emma Maldonado, Universität Champingo, Mexico, Prof. Dr. István Komlósi, Universität Debrecen, Ungarn, Dr. Susanne Lehnert, Mitglied des Vorstands von EQAsce, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Jarzebowski, Universität Warschau
Anlässlich der Unterzeichnung des “Memorandums for Understanding“ am 8.Oktober 2017 im Rahmen der ANUGA in Köln.

From left to right:  Dr. h.c. Halier, European Retail Academy, Christian Grütters, chairman of the EQAsce supervisory board, Prof. Dr. Brigitte Petersen, chairwomen of the International FoodNetCenter of the University of Bonn, Prof. Dr. Emma Maldonado, University of Chapingo, Mexico, Prof. Dr. István Komlósi, Debrecen University, Hungary, Dr. Susanne Lehnert, EQAsce board member, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Jarzebowski, Warsaw University. On October 8th, 2017 they signed a “Memorandum for Understanding“ at the ANUGA-exhibition in Cologne.

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From left to right: Dr. h.c. Halier, European Retail Academy, Christian Grütters, chairman of the EQAsce supervisory board, Prof. Dr. Emma Maldonado, University of Champingo, Mexico. On the occasion of the signing of the “Memorandum for Understanding“ on 8 October 2017 at the ANUGA exhibition in Cologne.

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From left to right: Christian Grütters, chairman of the EQAsce supervisory board and Prof. Dr. István Komlósi, Debrecen University, Hungary. On the occasion of the signing of the “Memorandum for Understanding“ on 8 October 2017 at the ANUGA exhibition in Cologne.
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At university level, there is a recognition of examinations passed by students who complete their academic education at various institutions worldwide and who collect credit points for the EQA Quality Systems Manager Junior degree during their studies as basic education for further professional training as food chain manager, food safety and health manager or risk and crisis manager. For further information please contact: Prof. Dr. Brigitte Petersen b.petersen@eqasce.de

International One Health network

Currently there is no other topic within the international scientific community as well as the agri-food industry worldwide that receives higher attention than the idea of One Health. This idea has spread over the world and One Health networks have been established in various countries in the past years. The EQAsce approved courses and international conferences stress the fact that current problems can only be solved by interdisciplinary and international research and development following the idea of One Health. Part of the EQAsce trainings are questions like how zoonosis pathogens in feed and food can spread through international trade, which preventive measures can stop this, what are concepts and strategies for the prevention of an increase in antibiotic-resistant microorganisms in water and the environment. Both, EU programs and national funding programs, support actors who form interdisciplinary One Health networks.

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International students presenting the results of their research work at GISKOHN and the International OneHealth Food Safety Congress from September 17th-19th 2018 at the University of Bonn.

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Discussion between students, researchers and lecturers at GISKOHN and the International OneHealth Food Safety Congress from September 17th-19th 2018 at the University of Bonn.

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International students presenting the results of their research work at GISKOHN and the International OneHealth Food Safety Congress from September 17th-19th 2018 at the University of Bonn.

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Discussions and networking between students, researchers and lecturers at GISKOHN and the International OneHealth Food Safety Congress from September 17th-19th 2018 at the University of Bonn.

On September 17th, 2018 EQAsce has taken part in the preparation and the conduct of an international network meeting. EQAsce is a member of GISKOHN which stands for Global Initiative Sharing Knowledge of One Health Networks. The network seeks to establish an expert database and to promote the exchange of experience between specialists and executives in the agri-food sector. The International FoodNetCenter of the University of Bonn has received a grant from Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank to develop a concept proposal on the future tasks of GISKOHN. For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Brigitte Petersen b-petersen@uni-bonn.de

Partnership with Eastern Europe

An increasing number of producers of fruit, vegetables and food of animal origin from Eastern European countries are striving to be able to deliver more goods to Western European food retailers in the future. Therefore, they are particularly interested in the legal framework conditions and requirements for self-control systems of international industry standards as well as implementation examples of how to meet these requirements. These include pesticide, veterinary drug or animal disease monitoring systems as well as opportunities of establishing identification and traceability systems within supply chains to the food retail trade. The focus, however, is on qualifying specialists and managers on site. They learn how to use EQA’s services tailor them to the specific needs of their supply chains. For further information please contact: Andriy Kubarenko evk@eqasce.de

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Dr. Andriy Kubarenko in discussion with other participants at the One Health Food Safety Congress September 18th to 19th 2018 at the University of Bonn.

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Dr. Andriy Kubarenko discusses with experts at an event featuring Dr. Eckart von Hirschhausen at the One Health Food Safety Congress September 18th to 19th 2018 at the University of Bonn.

International cooperative alliance for education

EQAsce – which is a spin-off of the International FoodNetCenter of the University of Bonn and the first European cooperative for education – is a good basis for establishing an international cooperative alliance for education. On September 20th 2018 a triple anniversary took place: 200 years Bonn University, 200 years Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen and 150 years of winegrowers’ cooperative Mayschoß. [>Festschrift] At this celebration representatives of EQAsce met with representatives of the largest cooperative in the world (ZEN-NOH from Japan), directors and managers of German cooperatives and cooperative associations and holders of endowed professorships who are supported financially by cooperatives abroad.

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Prof. Dr. Brigitte Petersen, Animal Science Institute of the University of Bonn and Kenji Sakai, Business General Manager of ZEN-NOH, London, at the triple anniversary at the University of Bonn on September 20th, 2018.

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Werner Böhnke, chairman of the Deutsche Friedrich-Wilhelm-Raiffeisen Association and Genichi Jinde, president and CEO of ZEN-NOH, at the triple anniversary at the University of Bonn on September 20th, 2018.

During the celebrations the idea of an international cooperative alliance for education was put into concrete terms and a road map was drawn up as to how a German-Japanese education alliance for qualification of farmers can be set up at short notice until the Olympics 2020. Additionally, it was agreed upon having an annual international event about current future topics that will be prepared and run by the cooperative alliance and taking place at the Raiffeisen lecture hall. For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Brigitte Petersen b.petersen@eqasce.de