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Student Testimonials

The Master's programme "Global Food, Nutrition and Health" was created in 2020 and has developed dynamically ever since. Through its first four cohorts, the programme has welcomed students from over 20 different countries in Kulmbach. To give prospective students a better understanding of the diverse student community they can expect here in Kulmbach, some of the programme’s current students are sharing their stories on this page.

student Ali

"I earned my bachelor's degree in Public Health from Kabul Medical University. I gained extensive practical experience in public health and nutrition with various organizations in Afghanistan. My last job was with UNICEF, where I worked as a sub-national nutrition cluster coordinator, leading nutrition interventions in the southern region. I chaired the nutrition cluster, overseeing collaboration among more than 27 NGOs and government counterparts. I applied for the master’s program in “Global Food, Nutrition, and Health” at the University of Bayreuth because I sought to further develop my capacities. I believe that this interdisciplinary program will get me closer to my career goal of becoming an international UN employee."

                                                Ali, Afghanistan

student Anna

"Before coming to Kulmbach, I did my Bachelor’s degree in Food Engineering and then worked at PepsiCo and later Unilever in the field of quality assurance. I have chosen the MSc Global Food, Nutrition and Health to gain a deeper understanding of global processes and drivers behind industry, with the aim of influencing global health through food. I am very pleased with the programme, particularly due to its diverse curriculum. I was always confident about the value I could derive from each class. I find it essential to be among people from different parts of the world, as it helps in learning first-hand. I had the opportunity to participate in the EIT Future of Food Conference in Brussels as a speaker in a panel discussion alongside professionals from the industry and members of the European Parliament, providing policy recommendations. In the future, I aspire to                                         pursue a PhD to further develop my skills."

                                                Anna, Russia

student Anna

"Before studying in Kulmbach, I attended the Commonwealth Honors College of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where I completed my Bachelor of Science in Biology. After graduation, I worked on a small island in the Caribbean, assisting in marine research projects and community outreach. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I returned to Boston, Massachusetts, where I became a clinical research coordinator. I chose to come to Kulmbach because of the interdisciplinary and international focus of this Master's programme. These aspects have also become my favorite part of the programme! Learning from my professors and classmates from many different countries and backgrounds is a truly unique and invaluable experience. After finishing my master's degree, I hope to work for an IO or NGO in the climate change and health field."

                                                Anna, USA/ Germany​

student Annika

"I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Public Health/Health Sciences at the University of Bremen. Part of that programme was a mandatory internship, which brought me to an NGO in Rwanda, where I gained first experience in the field of global health and nutrition. This work abroad inspired me to specialize in one of these fields for my master’s. Thanks to the interdisciplinary approach of the master’s programme “Global Food, Nutrition and Health”, I did not have to decide between these two fields because both of them were already included. I very much enjoy the versatility and flexibility of our subjects and most of all the international community within our class and on the campus. In my future career, I would like to maintain this interdisciplinary and international context by working for an international organization or an NGO in the field of development cooperation."

                                                Annika, Germany

student Aya

"I studied human medicine and was specialising in pediatrics in Egypt before I decided to shift to the preventive aspect through working with mothers and infants in lactation management and early childhood nutrition. I had the dream to combine my passion for public health with nutrition and started looking for a Master's programme that fits my dream. It was not an easy task, but finally one day I found the new Global Food, Nutrition and Health Master's programme at the University  of Bayreuth. I immediately prepared my application that thankfully got me here. Global Health Policy, Food Law as well as Climate Change, Nutrition and Medicine, and Research Tools are among the many other courses empowering us with extraordinary interdisciplinary tools and diversifying our career chances."

                                                Aya, Egypt

student Daniela

"During my Bachelor's in nutrition and dietetics in Colombia, I had the opportunity to do an internship with the NGO “Action Against Hunger”, where I helped to assess the food security and nutritional status of migrants. After graduating I worked as a nutritionist at the food bank in Bogota, contributing to reducing food waste and food insecurity in Bogota. In my desire to learn more about health and food-related policies, I found the MSc Global Food, Nutrition and Health at the University of Bayreuth, with a multidisciplinary approach that offers perspectives in diverse areas such as politics, sociology, and sustainability. Here, I’m studying together with fellow students from different parts of the world and learn from their experiences. After finishing my master's degree I would like to work with an NGO or a humanitarian aid organization in the area of food aid."

                                                Daniela, Colombia

student Jule

"After a Bachelor in ecotrophology (Home and Nutritional Sciences) in Fulda I was looking for a Master’s programme with a more social science and sustainability focus. I was very excited when I found the programme “M.Sc. Global Food, Nutrition and Health”, which promised an interdisciplinary approach, studying political backgrounds, researching planetary boundaries, and learning about cultural and societal influences on current issues. The flexible design of the programme allows individual specialization and enabled me to choose my semesters abroad freely so I could deepen my knowledge in local electives. The holistic point of view we get through the courses is fascinating and opens many possible working areas such as at the FAO, policy advice institutions or an NGO – which is where I definitely see myself in the future."

                                                Jule, Germany​

student Kilian

"Prior to studying at the University of Bayreuth, I completed my training as a dietitian at the medical centre of Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz and pursued my bachelor’s degree in Dietetics at Fulda University of Applied Sciences. After learning about nutrition and health in individuals, I wanted to broaden my knowledge on these topics at the societal level. The Master of Science in Global Food, Nutrition and Health enables me to do this by offering interdisciplinary modules that cover current issues such as the impact of climate change on food systems and strategies on how to address them. I also appreciate the diversity among the students, which brings together a variety of perspectives. After graduating, I would like to work in a research institution."

                                                Kilian, Germany

student Leslie

"Before coming to Bayreuth, Germany, I had previously studied MbChB Medicine at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana and after graduating, I worked as a Junior Medical Officer. I applied for this Master’s programme because I was intrigued about the potential of supporting public health through the shaping of diets. Since having been admitted and enrolling in the programme it’s been amazing to have studied policies and major actors that control the food world, like how food policies have shaped the availability and affordability of food, or the psychological reasons for why we eat what we eat, for example through the Health Action Process Approach. After graduating, I’d love to work with the FAO to help in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals or move back home and work with the Ministry of Agriculture to help create interventions for ensuring food security
                                    and safety in the country and the region."

                                                Leslie, Ghana

student Mako

"Before coming to Kulmbach, I studied sustainable food systems during my bachelor's in the United States, where I had the opportunity to initiate a food service start-up to address nutrition insecurity and build a resilient food system in the community. My interest in the relationship between food systems and public health led me to study in Kulmbach. I appreciate the interdisciplinarity of the program to address global challenges in health and food. I recently participated in a citizen jury for new genomic technique regulation in the EU, and I felt a rising need for multidisciplinary approaches to work towards a resilient society. I would like to pursue a career in international organisations to develop policies that ensure the well-being of people through nutrition security."

                                                Mako, Japan

student Malin

"The Global Food, Nutrition and Health M.Sc. programme is the perfect fit to deepen the knowledge I gained during my bachelor's degree in International Health Sciences and to reflect on practical experiences I gained from internships at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Academic experts and international students inspire me to explore new perspectives and concepts on how to tackle nutrition-related health problems at the national or global level. I am confident that the programme will equip me well to work for an international organization in the future."

                                               Malin, Germany

student Minya

"I finished my medical undergraduate degree at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. As a general practitioner, I had the opportunity to plan health campaigns that provide nutritional screenings, assessments, and treatment to underprivileged populations. While pursuing my master’s in Public Health, I became aware of the Global Food, Nutrition and Health master’s program. Considering my interest in developing nutrition policies, I found this program was the most appropriate for me. My long-term objective is to work in development cooperation or for a government agency. I would heartily recommend this program to anyone who is eager to learn in a global and multidisciplinary environment and wants to pursue a career with greater impact."

                                                Minya, Ethiopia

student Mirna

"Holding a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics, I chose the "Global Food, Nutrition, and Health" Master’s programme because I was most interested in looking into these topics from a global perspective with an interdisciplinary approach. Being among the first cohort of students, I witnessed the expansion of the mandatory and elective modules. The diversified courses were planned in a way to have a clear insight into the different disciplines on an international level. To follow my career goals, I chose to do a research internship and write my master’s thesis at the Junior Professorship of Public Health Nutrition, where I recently also started working as a research assistant. Finally, living in Kulmbach and meeting colleagues and classmates from all over the world enriched my experience even further."

                                                Mirna, Lebanon

student Ovi

"I did my Bachelor's in biotechnology in Bangladesh, after which I worked for a government program funded by UNDP, where I helped put government policies into practice to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals. The current crises of food security, non-communicable diseases caused by unhealthy food, and the stresses from global climate change and poor governance in my country have motivated me to work toward helping to solve these crises and this master’s program offers the knowledge and expertise to achieve my goal. The interdisciplinary teaching approach is helping me to become a critical thinker, problem solver, and efficient researcher in the field of health and nutritional sciences, who can work in a global setting by carrying out research and aiding in the development of innovative policies, which perfectly aligns with my career goals."

                                                Ovi, Bangladesh

student Tamara

"On my way to a Master's degree in Global Food, Nutrition and Health, I am building on my Bachelor's degree in Sustainable Food Management at the FH Joanneum in Graz, Austria. Through internships, I deepened my understanding of the food supply chain from farm to fork. My insightful semester abroad at Van Hall Larenstein in the Netherlands awakened my passion for ensuring food security. As a quality manager at Austria's largest food retailer, I learnt about the complex interrelationships of the global food supply. The Master's programme in Kulmbach offers an enriching curriculum and esteemed lecturers who broaden my perspective. After graduation, I want to combine my knowledge and passion for the challenges of global nutrition into a meaningful career."

                                                Tamara, Austria

student Victoria

"After obtaining my degree in Nutrition Sciences at the State University of Ceará in Brazil, I wanted to deepen my professional education and further explore systemic issues in health. The MSc Global Food, Nutrition and Health readily caught my attention for addressing health and nutrition in its most comprehensive sense, i.e., considering the physiological aspects, but perceiving them as inseparable from socio-economic, environmental, and political conditions. In this way, the programme engages precisely with fundamental issues of our time. Through interdisciplinary cooperation, broad programmatic scope and contact with a diversity of backgrounds, new perspectives are built, thus empowering us as professionals conscious of the complexity of nutrition and food systems. After completing my degree, I intend to develop the necessary experience
                                    to work in the academic field."

                                                Victoria, Brazil

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