The realization of the great need for education and active research in post-harvest storage and processing of foods prompted the establishment in 1983, of the Department of Food Science and Technology as one of the foundation programmes of the then Federal University of Technology, Abeokuta (FUTAB). It is one of the programmes that survived the various transitions prior to the establishment of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in 1988.
PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES
The economic well-being of Nigerians requires that the food processing sector must produce enough high quality food products, especially during the off-peak seasons and distribute them at competitive prices to a rapidly growing population. The correct choice and application of appropriate technology are vital to reduction of post harvest losses, processing, preservation and storage. Food processing storage and preservation therefore represent an important linkage to agriculture, which must not be ignored.
The field of Food Science and Technology is based on a spectrum of fundamental aspects of basic sciences (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology), with a broad background in engineering applications (Thermodynamics, unit operations in food processing, fluid flow behavior, equipment design and maintenance). The study of properties of food raw materials, their composition, appropriate storage and application of engineering principles in processing and preservation are thus in the direct purview of food scientists. Therefore, the general philosophy of the programme is to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach in training of students to give a broad base knowledge in all aspects of Food Science and Technology such that our graduates can choose to specialize in any of the relevant disciplines.
In order to achieve the above stated Mandate, the Department is committed to achieving the following goals:
1. To make the Department a centre of excellence in the training of food scientists and food industry professionals.
2. To focus research efforts on areas of relevance to our immediate environment and the local and global food situations.
3. To encourage inter-disciplinary cooperation in research among staff and other external affiliations.
4. To train competent future leaders for the agro-industrial sector, government establishments and society, who are sensitive to socio-economic needs and dedicated to providing solutions to pressing food security and economic problems of the country