Taipei Medical University (TMU), in collaboration HTC Corporation (HTC), established its Instructional VR Resource Center for Food Safety. Aiming at improving food safety across Taiwan, this Center brings in VR technology and high-quality training content to the University’s food safety education and promotes the digitization of Taiwan’s food processing industry. This collaborative project between TMU and HTC stemmed from their ongoing partnership of talent development of food safety professionals using innovative technology.
TMU established the first College of Nutrition in Taiwan in 2016 and the first School of Food Safety a year later. As the only such establishment in Taiwan, TMU School of Food Safety is dedicated to the training and education of future practitioners and professionals in the modern food industry.
Associate Professor Hui-Ting Yang from the TMU School of Food Safety applies virtual reality to the courses she teaches, which allows future food safety professionals to virtually experience the workflow involved in a number of a work environment.. Take the VR kitchen for instance, training modules includes food materials inspection, food preparation, cooking procedure and food serving. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points can also be incorporated into the observation training, and simulated food serving stress and fires in the kitchen can also be incorporated for contingency response training. Trainees can accumulate a large amount of authentic experience within a short period of time and acquire the skills and abilities necessary to adapt to their workplace. Moreover, this training approach effectively prevents errors and subsequent business losses caused by their lack of familiarity with the operations.
Raymond Pao, Senior Vice President of HTC, said, “The VR scenario simulation training has been implemented in teaching and learning in various types of businesses and schools. Through immersive learning experience, it can simulate real emergencies and reinforce correct contingency response capability in students. Students can also use HTC’s Virti 360 VR platform to easily create their own VR teaching materials. They can quickly produce all kinds of VR content according to their learning syllabus. Through industry-academia collaboration, relevant teaching materials can be imported into the employee training program of domestic smart food factories. Employees can then practice relevant SOP in simulated VR scenarios as and when required to strengthen their learning effectiveness, thus benefitting the domestic food safety industry and talent development.”
Speaking about the collaboration, Professor Yue-Hwa Chen, Director of TMU School of Food Safety, said, “I am very pleased to collaborate with HTC’s VIVE Medical VR Division to build the first Instructional VR Resource Center for Food Safety in Taiwan. We are constantly thinking about how to increase the learning interest and effectiveness of students. The integration with VR technology has given us new ideas in our course designs and how we advise Taiwan’s food processing factories to continuously transform their operation, improve work quality, and enhance staff development with help of technology.”