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Fixed-term contract: 8 years.
We offer a warm welcome to our institute which offers a challenging and innovative environment with great opportunities to explore.
The research centre offers a professional, collegiate, and inspiring work environment with a high focus on connecting education, professional practice and research. You will work in an informal environment and mostly in a team with passionate colleagues.
Zuyd is an ambitious university of applied sciences located in the heart of Europe, focusing on three core activities: education for students, research for companies and institutes, and training courses and study programmes for professionals. The various study programmes that we offer have ranked among the top in study programme selection guides for many years. This is partly due to the personal attention we devote to our students and our relatively small scale. In addition, we work intensively with companies, institutions/knowledge institutions, and government bodies across the boundaries of our fields of expertise. We do so because we are convinced that the 21st century is not just about knowledge, but also about the ability to apply that knowledge in practice. With 14,000 students, 50 bachelor's, master's, and associate degree programmes, 12 sites in three cities, 27 research centres, an average of 7,000 internships and 2,500 graduation projects per year, and with a history stretching back more than 100 years, Zuyd is strongly anchored in Limburg and the Euregio Meuse-Rhine. We make an important contribution to the economic and social development agenda of this region.
No less than twelve out of seventeen ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ of the United Nations (the 2030 agenda) are directly or indirectly related to food. In order to realise these objec-tives in 2030, the food system (the whole chain from production to consumer to waste) must be transformed. Particularly in the light of the current COVID-19 crisis that has impacted the
hospitality industry dramatically, but also offers opportunities for innovating the sector and making it more sustainable.
The consumers of today are already more conscious of their food choices. This manifests itself, among others, in changing eating behavior/patterns. From the industry, there is also a growing demand of social relevance. This raises questions such as ‘how can hospitality con-cepts be developed that are innovative, healthy, sustainable and tasty and appeal to the changing
consumer’s needs?’ At the same time, because of the geographical position in the heart of the (EU)region, Hotel Management School Maastricht is very aware of the importance of
maintaining historical traditions and the consideration of regional and seasonal products.
The hospitality industry needs to find answers to questions such as the above in order to be partner in the tradition to a better food system and, consequently, a better world. The suc-cess of the hotels and restaurants of tomorrow will likely be influenced by their capability to translate consumer’s needs into products and services that meet and exceed their expecta-tions. This is a serious challenge.
The research center Future of Food is therefore given the assignment to support this
transformation by generating knowledge with researchers, students and other stakeholders and by making this knowledge accessible by means of education and service.
In order to contribute to the required professionalisation, innovation and education, the
research center Future of Food will conduct (applied) research in the following areas:
Zuyd University (HZ)
Brusselseweg 150, 6217 HB, Maastricht
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