Taipei, Nov. 19 (CNA) The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announced Monday that it will launch a cheese certification program in Taiwan next year to teach up-and-coming food industry professionals about cheese.
According to an AIT statement, the program is an industry-academic partnership between the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism (NKUHT).
The "USA Cheese Specialist Certification Program" consists of three courses -- Associate, Intermediate and Master -- and graduates who complete all three will receive the designation of USA Cheese Specialist, which comes with a sew-on patch they can display on their uniforms, it said.
Chris Frederick, director of AIT's Agricultural Trade Office, hopes the effort will help forge closer ties between the U.S. dairy industry and Taiwan's food industry.
Those who complete the courses will also receive a lifetime membership to the USA Cheese Guild, which provides members continued access to valuable resources to keep them engaged and connected to the U.S. cheese industry throughout their careers, the AIT said.
The program is scheduled to launch in 2019 in Taiwan.