Nanyang Technology University (NTU) in Singapore will host the first university course on alternative proteins in the Asia Pacific region, an elective called  “Future Foods – Introduction to Advanced Alternative Meats”. 

Developed in partnership with the Good Food Institute, the course is offered by the university’s Food Science and Technology faculty to third and fourth-year students. Its curriculum will focus on three primary areas of the alternative protein sector: cultivated meat, plant-based protein, and fermentation technology.

Dr. William Chen, who is coordinating the elective, says the growing alternative protein industry is generating interest from young people across the Asia Pacific region.

“This alternative meat sector is emerging in Asia and is creating lucrative job opportunities in the novel food industry, ” Mr. Chen said. “The university has developed innovations for alternative protein production and is well-positioned to host this course.”

Singapore has become a leader in alternative proteins in Asia Pacific, as the first and only country to approve commercial sale of cell-cultivated meat, and government encouragement for product development among its local cultivated meat startups.

The development of the university course is aligned with the local government’s focus on alternative proteins as one solution to increasing the island nation’s food security. Singapore currently imports 90% of its food supply; by 2030, it intends to produce 30% of its food onshore through innovation, including methods such as cultivated meat and plant-based protein. 

Read more: Singapore University to Offer Asia Pacific’s First Alt Protein Course [Green Queen Media]

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