The College of Applied Food Science and Tourism is one of the eight Colleges and two Schools approved at the inception of the University in 1994 as College of Food Processing and Storage Technology. This followed the establishment of specialized Universities of Agriculture in Nigeria. The name of the College was changed from College of Food Processing and Storage Technology (CFPST) to College of Applied Food Sciences and Tourism (CAFST) in 2008 out of the growing need to capture the various programmes of the College. The College conducts teaching, research and extension in the areas of quality, handling and processing of food with the objective of adding value to the raw products.
APPOINTMENT OF DEAN AND HEADS OF DEPARTMENT
The incumbent Dean Prof G.I. Onwuka was first elected on 19th November, 2010 and was re-elected on 24" October, 2012. The former Head of Department of Food Science and Technology, Prof. C.F. Ezeama was appointed on 10th February, 2011 while the incumbent Head Dr. Olaoye was appointed on 14th August, 2013. Dr. U. V. Asumugha was initially appointed as HOD of Human Nutrition and Dietetics on the Ist June, 2011 and later reappointed for her second term on 25th June, 2013. Dr G. O. Anozie was reappointed as Head of Home Economics and Hotel Management and Tourism for her second term on the 5th December, 2012 while the incumbent HOD Dr. Pat. E. Mbah was appointed on the 24th October, 2013.
The College has accomplished a lot of tasks in the period under review namely:
- The office saw to the smooth relocation of the college office from the old administration block to the new block G.
- A number of staff left for further studies overseas and a good number were recruited to join the work force in the college.
- The college has just completed a Tourism Village with facilities to commercially serve the University. The Tourism Village will provide food, drinks and snacks to the community and gives the students of Hotel Management and Tourism the opportunity to practice their profession.
- The college also built and installed a smoking kiln. The facility will serve in the provision of dried items like meat, fish and other food items that could be dried and preserved.
- The college further established a well furnished library in liaison with the University Librarian. The college in liaison with the University, hosted an International training workshop with McGill University, Canada on Food Safety.
Prof. Greg Onwuka and his team attracted both TETFund and University Grants on the following projects:
- Evaluation of Ethanol Production Potentials of some Cassava Genotypes (University Research Grant).
- Comparative studies on the efficiency of improved smoking kiln and local smoking oven (TETFUND Research Grant).
- Physicochemical/Functional Properties and Food Utility of three varieties of cooking Bananas grown in Umudike (University Research Grant).
- Development of Functional Ingredient-Antioxidant Dietary Fiber concentrate (ADFC) - from Fruit-Wastes for the Fortification and enrichment of Foods (TETFUND Research Grant).
- Food Science and Technology: TETFUND Academic Books/Manuscripts Publication Development (TETFUND Research Grant).
Linkages and Partnerships
The Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics has linkages with the following:
- Nutrition Education and Consumer Awareness Group of Food and Agricultural,
Organization (FAO) of United Nations.
2. Malnutrition e-Learning Project, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton
PRICES AND AWARDS
It may interest you to hear that at the last convocation, one CAFST student won the price for the best graduating student in the University. Then at the 6th convocation ceremony held on Saturday 22nd November, 2014 another CAFST student won the best graduating students award.
The next best graduating student in the college will be you.
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Your academic advisers are your parents at school. They have gone this way successfully and therefore know the pros and cons and can help you out of the academic confusion. They are the Midwives that would encourage you to deliver successfully.
From registration to lecture attendance, term papers, continues assessments, laboratory researches, semester examinations, research work, the analysis and reports, work with your academic advisers and you will not fail.