Food Waste to Finish: Enhancing student’s engagement and competences for food waste management through interdisciplinary summer school and student competition
Resolving a Societal Challenge: Interdisciplinary Approach towards Fostering Collaborative Innovation in Food Waste Management (IN2FOOD) is an Erasmus+ Capacity Building for Higher Education project addressing food waste problems in Indonesia led by Parahyangan Catholic University (UNPAR). The Hotelschool The Hague (HTH) is one of the European partners taking the lead on work packages to improve students’ engagement and skills in addressing societal issues, especially food waste management. The project hosted an interdisciplinary summer school in Bali in July 2022, which will be followed in August 2023 by an inter-disciplinary student competition in Jakarta-Bandung with Marriott International Hotel company as our partner and case study.
The Summer School yielded promising results. Students are more likely to engage in sustainable issues, particularly those pertaining to food waste, and they were also providing innovative solutions to the problem. The same outcomes are anticipated for the Student Competition. Notable is the fact that students from diverse backgrounds participate in a problem-solving competition where interdisciplinarity is essential. Furthermore, exposing the students to real-world problems by working Marriott International during the student competition, fosters knowledge and skills to tackle societal problems in practice.
This session is geared toward Indonesian and Dutch institutions wishing to build engagement and capabilities to fight societal problems in an action-based manner. We present past activities and call for future collaborations with other universities and institutions to continue making a positive impact on society. Four speakers will present best practices of the IN2FOOD consortium, followed by roundtable or panel discussions.