SFT awards 19 diplomas

by World Grain Staff
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UZWIL, SWITZERLAND — The Swiss Institute of Feed Technology (SFT) in Uzwil, Switzerland awarded diplomas to 19 students from 13 countries on Oct. 26.
For the first time, the 31st Specialist Course in Feed Manufacturing Technology was held on the basis of the new concept featuring two training blocks.
Ernst Nef, the director of the SFT, said the students had to walk a “long and winding road” before reaching their goal.
Following an intense 10-month period of training, Nef presented the graduates of this year’s course their diplomas at the Hotel Uzwil, qualifying them as Feed Production Engineers or confirming their attendance of the course.
Nef emphasized the high significance of training and continuing education. He expressed his admiration for the students’ decision to go back to school:
“By making this far-reaching decision, you took up a challenge that you have now successfully met. Today, you have reached the top,” he said. “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.”
He said that the goal was to meet consumers’ needs for hygienic feeds that are safe for humans and animals alike. On the other hand, he said that companies were increasingly facing the challenge of producing and marketing feeds more efficiently and especially more responsibly while meeting legal regulations and directives.
It has become a tradition at the SFT graduation ceremony to distinguish the graduate who has achieved the highest grade. This year, the best in class was Ahmed Hassan Chaudhry of Asia Poultry Feeds Pvl. Ltd. in Pakistan, who received a commemorative plaque. Marco Baumann, head of the Bühler Feed market segment, congratulated him on his outstanding average grade of 5.85 out of six points, the highest ever achieved since the SFT was set up in 1979.
This year’s Specialist Course in Feed Manufacturing Technology was for the first time based on a new concept. The course is still made up of a Preparatory Correspondence Course and an Intensive Course held in Uzwil. But what has changed is its duration and agenda. With the declared intention of reducing the students’ absence from their workplaces without affecting the course agenda, the entire course was split into two blocks.
This means that the students attended one four-week Intensive Course block in the spring, followed by a second of the same duration in October. Prior to both blocks, the students had to deal with the subject matter of each block in a roughly 14-week Preparatory Course. In all, they had to work through 21 subjects, in which they were then thoroughly tested. They had to pass no less than 14 written examinations in the course of the two Intensive Course blocks. The climax and completion of each individual block was finally the two oral tests in the core subjects in front of a panel of experts.