This week, the book “Tales of Taste” was presented at the library of the St. Pölten UAS. This international cookbook includes 22 recipes of dishes from Belgium, Germany, Finland, France, Kazakhstan, Croatia, Lithuania, Austria, Spain, Russia, Switzerland and Turkey. It was created by students of the degree course Dietetics together with incoming students in the framework of the project management course. Head of the book project was UAS lecturer Barbara Kohlmaier and Cornelia Bergmann from the International Office at St. Pölten UAS.
Cooking versus cooking
During the creation of the book students tried out the recipes together. The project team found out that the terms for quantities in recipes may be interpreted differently according to nationality. For example, “one piece of garlic” means a clove of garlic in Austria, while in Spain they would take the whole garlic bulb. Similar quantity differences exist when referring to a little bit of oil or mayonnaise.
Next to the recipes the cookbook also provides energy indications and nutritional values. “It would not be the degree course Dietetics, if the recipes weren’t accompanied by advice on how to prepare the dishes more healthily”, says Gabriele Karner, head of the degree course Dietetics and temporary head of the Health Department at St. Pölten UAS.
Promoting international exchange
“The cookbook aims at sensitising the students’ international awareness and at calling attention to incoming students”, explains Barbara Zimmer, head of the International Office at St. Pölten UAS.
Every year, about 50 foreign students study at St. Pölten UAS. On top of that the St. Pölten UAS cooperates with more than 100 partner universities in 30 countries on three continents.
Ambassadors of mobility
In order to increase the support of international activities of students, lecturers and employees, the rector’s office appointed six ambassadors of mobility at the end of 2013. These have already gained international experience, are going to foster further international exchange at the St. Pölten UAS and are going to advise students aspiring international exchange.