'The Foodture' story

Since 2017, international co-creation weeks have been organized by the joined forces of AP University of Applied Sciences and Arts Antwerp and The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Participants came from nutrition related programmes all over Europe, actually from all over the world. We have always been very proud to have such a variety in background and cultures from our participants, and this definitely benefits the objectives of our international activties! Both students and their teachers are invited to participate.

The key objectives are always about developing professional and 21th century skills for international collaboration. But even more is on the menu: lots of fun, interaction and new friendships.
Social activities took place in either the city of Antwerp or The Hague. From 2021 on the Foodture has been extended to a whole series of online classes throughout the year: The Foodture Academy.
The international co-creation week has been transformed to an Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Programme (BIP), with a real physical The Foodture Meets week in one of the organizing cities.

Organizing partners

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 The following institutions are organizing partner in The Foodture
 

  • AP University of Applied Sciences, Antwerp
  • The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Hague
  • University of Applied Sciences, St. Pölten
  • University Campus Bio-Medico, Rome
  • Universidad San Pablo-CEU, Madrid 
  • Vilniaus Kolegija University of Applied Sciences 


Students and teachers of the following universities are contributing and participating to The Foodture Academy and Foodture Meets
 

  • Birmingham City University, Birmingham
  • Coventry University, Coventry
  • South Africa

Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Programme (BIP)

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"Blended Intensive Pogramme (BIP) are short, intensive programmes that use innovative ways of learning and teaching, including the use of online cooperation.
The programmes may include challenge based learning where transnational and transdisciplinary teams work together to tackle challenges for example those linked to the United Nations’ sustainable development goals or other societal challenges identified by regions, cities or companies."
"Physical mobility must last between 5 days and 30 days and be combined with a compulsory virtual component facilitating collaborative online learning exchange and teamwork. A blended mobility for studies must award a minimum of 3 ECTS credits."

 

Source: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/programme-guide/part-b/key-action-1/mobility-higher-education-students-staff_en

 

The Foodture corresponds in all perspectives to the concept of an Erasmus+ BIP. 

The combination of five online sessions of The Foodture Academy ánd the physical exchange during The Foodture Meets will be offered as an Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Programme (BIP).
Students who choose this package could ask their own university about the possibilty to apply for a short blended mobility budget. This BIP will also be accredited for 3 ECTS points when all the necessary Erasmus+ documents and formalities are in order.

The Academy concept

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An academy is a place where talents come together, learn from each other under guidance of a coach.We achieve this by offering a series of online sessions throughout a whole academic year. 

The sessions will be given by teachers and experts in the field with a didactic background. They will not just give a scientific presentation, but are student-oriented with interaction through discussion, networking, polls or other methods. 

The Foodture Academy is a flexible concept. Free participation is possible after a one-time registration through our website. The participant can choose to which session(s) he/she wants to participate. Each session will be hosted in Microsoft Teams, and all information with the link to access will be sent a few days before. 

Participation is voluntary, although we recommend each student to consult their own university teachers to check whether they get some kind of accreditation for it. In some universities such activities can be part of a students portfolio or Life Long Learning activities. Each session will have a duration of around two hours.   

We strive to schedule each session on a Tuesday, every two weeks and starting at 18:00 (CET). Exceptions may occur, but in that case this will be clearly communicated in the programme section of this website.

Participation to the Foodture Academy is possible without participating to the Foodture Meets.

The Meets concept

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The 'Foodture Meets' is the equivalent of our previous annual International Weeks. 
It is a physical meetup with a variety of activities in a host city, where students and teachers from different countries come together to learn, discover and get to know each other.

From 2021 on, we offer you a 'full menu' in a blended programme:

  • a series of five online sessions in advance, as a preparation to the visit

  • a physical visit of five days, allowing us to learn and get to know each other in 'real life', have more interactive and collaboration, fun and social activities.

 

Topics: sustainability, crossing borders, innovation & creativity, contemporary issues in nutrition and dietetics   

The online sessions
are part of The Foodture Academy and, like all these sessions, can be followed even without participation to the physical visit.

The Foodture Meets is 'the sequel' to these online sessions: a physical co-creation week in a host city.
In April 2022 The Foodture Meets Antwerp. This week will contain sessions with active interaction among participants, maintaining the spirit of our co-creation objectives and developing intercultural competences. During this week, we will give you an collaborative learning opportunity, but also social and fun activities are definitely on the menu. And of course an excellent opportunity to visit the host city.


The combination of these 5 online sessions ánd the physical exchange during The Foodture Meets will be offered as an Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Programme (BIP).
Students who choose this package could ask their own university about the possibilty to apply for a short blended mobility budget. This BIP will also be accredited for 3 ECTS points when all the necessary Erasmus+ documents and formalities are in order.

The topics

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The Foodture Academy and the Foodture Meets together offer a whole programme in which knowledge transfer goes hand in hand with options for interaction, in which education and fun take turns, in which both lecturers and students present and chair sessions.

The topics of The Foodture Academy are broad and can be consulted on this website.

The main topics of The Foodture Meets programme are the following:


  • Crossing borders sustainably

How to overcome physical and cultural borders and being prepared to become a global virtual dietitian


  • Nutritional and dietetic aspects of sustainability

This covers the field of sustainable food production and lifestyle

  • Innovation and creation

Through innovative thinking getting insights in different stakeholders’ roles and move towards more sustainable concepts

  • Contemporary topics 

Looking back and forward

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Last year’s evaluations were always very positive: students and lecturers valued the organization, the challenging assignment and the diversity of activities and participants highly! Enjoy some photos of the highlights of previous editions by scrollling down our home page. We are very eager to make it a great experience again.