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Wednesday, 19 February 2020

CPUT magnifies partnership with Germans

EXPLORATION: Julian Witt demonstrating the Pulsed Electric Field system to German delegation and CPUT Food Technology third-year students. EXPLORATION: Julian Witt demonstrating the Pulsed Electric Field system to German delegation and CPUT Food Technology third-year students.

CPUT and the University of Applied Sciences in Germany are cementing collaboration in their teaching and learning as their students and lecturers are conducting pioneering research in food technology.

University of Applied Sciences Lecturer, Professor Angela Haunaul, who is part of the German delegation to the CPUT Food Technology Department on a three-day workshop said they are in South Africa to share knowledge with their CPUT counterparts. Haunaul shared research objectives, demonstrated the use of state-of-the-art equipment as well as preservative and intersectional methodologies. In one of the sessions, the students explored the use of Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) technology in the food industry.

The German lecturer said PEF is used to treat or modify food material, softening it, making it smoother without it losing the colour such as juice production. “The workshop is fantastic, it’s very nice to be here [CPUT]. We learn from each other. The students are connecting well which set a basis for an exchange programme,” Haunaul said. She added that they are in the country to build strong relationships with CPUT and the industry as they will also be visiting in2Food, a company that also operates as a Juice plant.

Aphiwe Mrawushe, a third-year student in Food Technology, said she enjoyed the workshop which has taught her how the Germans operate in the food technology discipline and how to use the PEF system to process food. “The system makes the food material soft and makes it easy for you to cut it in any shape that you want. In these few days, I have learned some German words and would love to be part of an exchange programme with them [Germans].”

Julian Witt, a German national who also did his Master thesis at CPUT demonstrated the use of the PEF system to the German delegation and CPUT Food Technology third-year students. Said Witt: “I taught them to treat different fruit and vegetables like carrots, beetroot, sweet potatoes, and apple, to observe different effects in using the PEF system to extract juice quickly from the product.”

Written by Aphiwe Boyce

Email: boyceap@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Engineering and the Built Environment and Applied Sciences Faculties.