When you want to throw away the leftovers, try to reconsider. Contributing 8% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions, food waste is one of the biggest contributors to global warming. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, every Indonesian person throws out 300 kg of food waste every year. To solve this problem, Prasetiya Mulya University joins IN2FOOD, an international collaborative project between a consortium of 8 universities in Europe and Indonesia.
Officially running since February 15, 2021, IN2FOOD stands for the title Resolving a Societal Challenge: INterdisciplinary Approach Towards Fostering Collaborative INnovation in FOOD Waste Management. The project, which will last for three years, has passed a rigorous funding selection from the EU Erasmus + Capacity Building for Higher Education Program, competing with more than 1000 other project proposals.
“Because he is actively collaborating at the national and international levels with various parties, Prasmul was invited by a consortium of universities, namely Unpar (Parahyangan Catholic University), to make a joint proposal,” said Mr. Wisnu Wijaya, Ph. D, Faculty Members S1 Digital Business Technology (Software Engineering) and Director of Research and Innovation University Prasetya Mulya which is In2Food Partner Coordinator. “Previously, Prasmul had made a research proposal in the waste sector. So we can contribute with that experience. ” The goal of this project is to promote food waste management in Indonesian society through education, research, and collaboration. This is realized through some specific interdisciplinary objects, namely the modernization course, co-curricular activities, curriculum design, research, and development center.
The modernization of student courses and activities is an important aspect in developing agents of change from higher education. In addition to updating a variety of subjects to help understand people’s behavior regarding food waste, students will also be interacting with public figures, industry, and academia.
“We are now more global, networking is getting stronger,” Pak Wisnu explained. “Therefore, we need to modernize and internationalize the teaching and learning process.”
In addition, Prasmul will also play a role in the preparation of the master program curriculum and the development of a research center of excellence, which plans to be present at the end of 2022. This contribution will focus on the use of technology and its impact on the food-wasting behavior of the community. Working closely with experienced experts and stakeholders, Mr. Wisnu stated that IN2FOOD is an opportunity to learn from each other as well as to find insights on food waste solutions.
“Through this project, we hope that we can make a real contribution and have a long-term impact on the wider community,” explained Pak Wisnu. “By encouraging healthy and responsible eating behaviors, we can provide solutions to food waste, while preventing climate change and improving environmental hygiene.”