November 25, 2016

Swiss Institute of Feed Technology awards diplomas to 14 graduates


Fourteen students from three countries were awarded the coveted diploma of the renowned Swiss Institute of Feed Technology (SFT) in Uzwil, Switzerland.


The SFT celebrated the accomplishments of 13 men and one woman who had successfully completed the 34th Specialist Course. SFT's director Daniel Müller recognised the graduates for accepting the Institute's higher challenge during an award ceremony following an intensive ten-month training. The graduates included Maike Junker (Bühler AG, Uzwil, Switzerland), the tenth woman in the Institute's history to successfully complete the course.


"These students are now equipped with knowledge that will enable them to meet the highest standards in feed production," said Müller. "They've mastered the requirements of a long tradition of instruction in engineering and this will enhance their contributions to the industry. We're especially proud of Maike Junker and hope that she will inspire more women to consider this career training."


Reaching the top


Following an intense ten-month period of training, Daniel Müller presented the graduates of this year's course their diplomas, qualifying them as feed production engineers. "By making this far-reaching decision, you took up a challenge that you have now successfully met," Müller addressed the graduates. "With the knowledge you have acquired and your great commitment, you now have the right instruments available to satisfy the rigorous requirements of safe and economical animal feed production."


Müller added that the goal of diploma course is to meet consumers' needs for hygienic feeds that are safe for humans and animals alike. Furthermore, companies are increasingly facing the challenge of producing and marketing feeds more efficiently and especially in a more responsible manner while meeting legal regulations and directives.


Swiss student receives top honor


Each year, the SFT recognises one student with the highest score. This year, the distinction went to Eric Droz from Albert Lehmann Bioprodukte AG in Gossau, Switzerland.


The Feed Production Engineer Diploma course starts with a 15-week preparatory correspondence course followed by a four-week intensive course in Uzwil. A second block 15-week correspondence course follows, with the final intensive training again in Uzwil. Students work through 21 subject areas and must pass 14 written exams. The highlight and completion of each block are two verbal examinations in the core subjects in front of a panel of experts.


The next training programme will begin in January 2018.


About Swiss Institute for Technology


The SFT is a not-for-profit association recognised by the Swiss Feed Manufacturers Association (VSF) as an institution of training and continuing education. The goal of the SFT is to impart practice-oriented specialist knowledge on feed production to professionals from the feed manufacturing industry and related industries.


Successful completion of the diploma Course enables graduates to understand modern production processes in a feed manufacturing plant and put them meaningfully into practice.


International technology group, Bühler, is the partner of the SFT.


To date, more than 540 students from 69 countries have successfully completed the Specialist Course in Feed Manufacturing Technology.
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