Food Chain Management

Imagine working for a company that produces food products. How would you deal with the demands of a more and more sophisticated market as well as develop the right strategy to access these markets while taking into consideration various cultural aspects? In our exchange programme Food Chain Management you will learn how to develop strong supply chain and logistic strategies that ensure a smooth flow of products, services, people, funds, and information all over the world.

Why this programme?

  • You will study and work in an international environment gathering different perspectives
  • You will work on real projects to support regional and global supply chains
  • You will learn about relevant and innovative topics in the industry and sector 
  • You will take an applied approach, understanding not only theory but also how to apply it 
  • Application deadline: 1 May
  • Duration: 1 semester (6 months), full-time
  • Education type: Exchange programme
  • Language: English
  • Location: Dronten
  • Number of credits: 30 ECTS
  • Start date: 1 September

More information

  • In this exchange programme you will be following two parallel minors:

    Minor Supply Chain Management

    Here you will gain a deeper understanding of food value chains. Professional areas of competence include food supply chain management, Logistics, purchase management, distribution management, sustainability and lean management. You will have one major project where you will have to analyze different aspects of a company’s logistical operations and entire supply chain. This means you will suggest, at various stages, where the company can improve logistic and supply chain aspects. There will also be simulation where you will run a simulated company in which you will manage the overall supply chain.

    Minor Export Management

    In this minor you will learn about international markets and the ability to access those markets. The minor will consist of two main topics, which include export management and intercultural communication. The method of instruction will include class style learning, in combination with practical learning scenarios.

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    • Completion of at least three years of university studies in a related subject relevant to the study programme, in such a way that the resulting combined study pathway is plausible in its entirety.
    • A minimum score of 550 in the TOEFL English test or a formally recognized equivalent, such as the IELTS (level 6.0) or IBT (79).
    • The ability to formulate coherently in written English, and to have a vision of food chain management. Essay writing may be part of the admission procedure.
    • Strong motivation for success in the sector.
    • Team spirit and a flexible attitude in an international working environment.
  • On successful completion of the exchange programme Food Chain Management, you will be awarded a certificate.

    Programme objectives

    • Sustainability: You understand how to endorse sustainable behaviour while operating in a company and throughout the entire supply chain.
    • Food Supply Chain Management: You understand the structure of a supply chain in the food industry. This includes all entities in the supply chain, supply chain structure,
      relationship models, integration strategies, and different supply chain management strategies.
    • Purchasing: You understand different purchasing strategies and how to interact with suppliers. You will gain more specific information on how to manage relationships in the supply chain. 
    • Distribution Management: You understand how to analyze different distribution channels and are able to recognize which method of distribution is applicable for a company in the food supply chain.
    • Lean Logistics: You are familiar with different methods of production and understand how to reduce waste and limit losses in logistical operations.
    • Reverse Logistics: You are able to understand the impact of a strong reverse logistics strategy. 
    • Export Intercultural competences: You can write and present a convincing export plan using relevant theory. You can recognize and deal with intercultural sensitivities in a professional environment. You can understand and apply a situation in relation to an intercultural subject. You can understand and analyze how the EU develops trade policies.

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