The University of Gastronomic Sciences, founded in 2004 by the international non-profit association Slow Food in cooperation with the Italian regions of Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna, is a ministerially recognized, private non-profit institution.
Its goal is to create an international research and education center for those working on renewing farming methods, protecting biodiversity, and building an organic relationship between gastronomy and agricultural science.
The result is a new professional figure—the gastronome—skilled in the production, distribution, promotion, and communication of high-quality foods. Gastronomes are the next generation of educators and innovators, editors and multimedia broadcasters, marketers of fine products, and managers of consortia, businesses, and tourism companies.
UNISG students, hailing from around the world, gain dynamic experiences in artisanal and industrial food production, thanks to complementary education in both sciences and humanities, sensory training, and hands-on learning during study trips across five continents.
Introducing and providing Permaculture education in the universities (and indeed starting at kindergarden) has been discussed in many quarters since the inception of Permaculture. The original frameworks of The Academy offered by Bill Mollison suggest providing Permaculture education up to doctorate level and potentially beyond. The vision of the Permaculture College of Europe is to create the vehicle to take Permaculture to all education levels. The College will work with all like structures to achieve this.