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A successful flavors and fragrances sector

Université Côte d’Azur (UCA) began the academic year with the introduction of an MSc degree course in “Flavors and Fragrances Industry Management” to meet the training needs of a rapidly growing industry. This international multidisciplinary course, based in Grasse, uses the various UCA members’ combined research expertise in the chemistry of odorous substances, law and marketing.

Publication : 09/10/2018
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Up until now, the University offered a good range of training options in the field of flavors and fragrances, but it was rather heavily biased towards chemistry, e.g. the bachelor's degree in “Analysis & Control in the Chemical & Pharmaceutical Industries - ICPAC” and master’s degree in “Formulation, Analysis & Quality – FOQUAL”. “Socioeconomic partners in the field, who already actively participate in these courses, were encouraging us to develop other areas” says Xavier Fernandez, Co-Director of the MSc. “And this encouragement came at a rather auspicious moment for us, with Grasse’s proclaimed wish to become a university town that supports training development, and the possibility offered by the IDEX UCA Jedi program of supporting the creation of multidisciplinary training courses”, adds the researcher.

It was therefore entirely natural that the university should set up the MSc in “Flavors & Fragrances Industry Management”, especially as they had already been giving some thought to this for quite a while. This course offers students multidisciplinary training, entirely in English, with 3 different sets of options: the “major” options in science, law and marketing, supplemented by so-called “minor” options that allow the students to discover other fields of application. It combines the teaching and scientific expertise of the science, law and political science faculties of the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS) with EDHEC Business School’s expertise in product introduction and marketing.
Two internships are also planned to supplement this training, including one international work placement.

This course is unique in France and enjoys the support of IPISCA, the French school for post-graduate studies in perfume, cosmetics and flavors, founded by Jean-Jacques Guerlain”, says Xavier Fernandez. In addition, it is also part of a more global strategy connected with the UNESCO university chair application that is being championed jointly by Université Côte d’Azur in partnership with the Patrimoine Vivant du Pays de Grasse association (Living Heritage of the Region of Grasse). “This national and international project is aimed at promoting international scientific cooperation and exchange in the various scientific fields associated with perfumery, in a multidisciplinary and multicultural context, with the various French and foreign players in the Flavors, Fragrances and Cosmetics industry”, explains the co-director.

The first class of 17 students started the academic year on 3rd September, including people from all around the world who are set to be the future managers of the flavors and fragrances industry.