Letter from the Director
MAYRA MÁRQUEZ, Ph.D.
Profesora Asociada y Directora del Departamento de Agroindustria Alimentaria
Welcome to Zamorano’s Food Science and Technology Department. We hope the information here will answer your questions and encourage you to join our distinguished program.
The Food Science and Technology Department was created in 1999 as a response to the necessity of the business market for professionals with superior skills in the agro-industrial sector. Today, countries seek the development of quality and safe products that have added value; products that can compete in a globalized world where food is strictly regulated by the sanitary agencies of each country or region. Currently, we are the only university in the region with a certification by the IFT (Institute of Food Technologist) for its study program.
The Food Science and Technology Department’s top-level professors have masters and doctoral degrees with specializations in their areas of focus, and many of them are internationally renowned.
Unique Infrastructure at the Service of Education and Innovation
We have a globally unique agro-industrial park with eight processing plants and four specialized laboratories available to students and third-party customers.
Training of Value-added Leaders
Our strict and comprehensive study program focuses in training leaders who can work successfully in the global food and agriculture business. The department stands out for its decisive effect on the formation of values and skills that complement and ensure the successful performance of our graduates. We have more than 400 graduates from over fifteen countries. Fifty-one percent of our graduates reach high management positions, and twenty-four percent have acquired masters and doctoral degrees from renowned universities. The department has exchange programs with the universities of Arkansas, Illinois, Florida, Nebraska, Purdue, LSU, and Texas A&M, as well as internships with prestigious companies worldwide.
Currently, we implement national and regional development projects that contribute to the future of the agro-industrial sector. These projects include innovation, new product development, quality management, safety, and food packaging and labeling. We have a strong link with the regional industry which complements our program with the creation of cooperation and employment opportunities that benefit our students and graduates.
Constant Expansion and Evolution
We seek to broaden our programs on nutrition and food services, as well as on the processing of non-food product such as timber, plastics, and textiles. Also, regarding nutrition and food services, we intend to expand our research on processes for non-traditional food, seafood and poultry, and functional foods that contribute to a consumer’s health.
We are waiting for you and are positive that Zamorano will meet your expectations.