“I taught a course in Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods to the Master 2 Nutrition and Health Class. Topics covered include definitions of nutraceuticals and functional foods, classes of nutraceutical compounds and their bioactivity, health benefits and potential disease modulating mechanisms, examples of nutraceutical and functional food products on the European and Ghanaian markets, and regulation of such products. Of particular interest was the new EU regulation on novel foods. Comparisons were made across different contexts (USA, EU, and Ghana). 

I also taught a course on the Global GAP Standard to the Master 2 Food Safety Management Systems class. In this course, we discussed the Global GAP standard into some detail, considering the importance of having a global integrated farm assurance standard. The process of getting certified was discussed, and the challenges to implementation was considered across different countries, again contrasting the situations in Europe against those that prevail in Ghana. I shared a couple of case studies, one being a study I had conducted in Ghana on the impact of Global GAP certification on the quality of fresh pineapple and mango fruits. 

Feedback on students’ performance was discussed and possible suggestions for improvement on the way forward. It was important to meet and interact with our students currently on the 3+2 program. We used this meeting to discuss their progress on the program, and any challenges they might be facing in assimilating into the French culture. In general the students were very pleased with their experiences so far. They were encouraged to work hard. 

I was taken through the laboratory facilities at ISA Lille; namely, the food sensory lab, chemistry lab, microbiology lab, physical analysis lab and food pilot plant. The labs were state-of-the-art. I had the opportunity to interact with staff at ISA Lille on possible areas for future teaching mobilities. 

It was a real pleasure meeting and interacting with the students at ISA. They were very enthusiastic and participated actively in class discussions. This made the classes very lively and teaching very easy. The students were willing to share their own experiences on matters relevant to the topic of discussion, enriching the teaching and learning experience for everyone. I benefited enormously from these discussions, and I have already incorporated some of these lessons in my teaching here at KNUST. 

We also had wonderful time during lunch and dinner where we had very interesting chats/discussions on many different subjects. It was intellectually very stimulating. I also had the opportunity to revive my little French. The Staff from the International Office were very helpful in making all the necessary arrangements for these meetings and other supports. 

It is expected that the project will ultimately yield great impacts, improving our network, international collaborative research and research-based teaching in my department/University. This will eventually contribute to efforts to achieve global food security.” 

– Dr. Herman E. Lutterodt 

Dr. Lutterodt is a Lecturer in the Department of Food Science and Technology, at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. ISA Lille had the pleasure of welcoming him as a guest lecturer in February 2018 within the framework of our Erasmus+ KA107 project.

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