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New University Courses in Portugal Focus on Olive Oil Quality, Sustainability

Jun. 28, 2012
Naomi Tupper

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University of Évora

The International University of Andalucia has orga­nized a series of sum­mer courses focused on olive oil, in part­ner­ship with the University of Évora, the University of Jaén and the International Olive Council, to take place from July to September this year in Portugal.

The courses will focus on a range of issues that are key to the olive oil sec­tor, includ­ing obtain­ing qual­ity olive oil and oil appre­ci­a­tion, as well as man­age­ment of residues gen­er­ated dur­ing olive har­vest and pro­cess­ing. There will also be a strong focus on mar­ket­ing of olive oils both for domes­tic and inter­na­tional mar­kets.

The first course will run from the 2nd to the 6th of July in Polo de Mitra, Valverde, Portugal and will be run by Maria João Pires Bastos Cabrita from the University of Évora and pro­fes­sional con­sul­tant and researcher Ojeda Marino Uceda. This course will focus on the sen­sory char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of oils in pro­duc­tion.

The sec­ond and third courses, enti­tled Development of qual­ity olive oil and byprod­ucts man­age­ment’ and Marketing and man­age­ment in the olive oil sec­tor’, will take place in September and be coor­di­nated jointly by staff from both the University of Jaén and the University of Évora.

Courses will also be held in the Spanish regions of Extremadura and Western Andalusia which, sim­i­lar to Portugal, are increas­ingly eco­nom­i­cally reliant on olive oil and other olive prod­ucts. Portugal is cur­rently respon­si­ble for approx­i­mately 5 per­cent of the world’s olive oil pro­duc­tion and has dou­bled its pro­duc­tion in the last twenty years.

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In addi­tion to the sum­mer courses, the University of Jaén con­tin­ues to pro­mote olive and olive oil edu­ca­tion with the intro­duc­tion of a new Masters course for the 2012/2013 aca­d­e­mic year enti­tled Olive, Olive Oil and Health.”



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