About the Association

International Study Association Umami is the study association for students of the master Health Food Innovation Management of Maastricht University. This master is new and exclusive. It started in September 2009 and is situated in Venlo. Umami is founded in October 2010 by four students, with a lot of support of their classmates and several teachers.  The name ‘Umami’  is chosen by the first and second generation of Health Food Innovation Management students. 'Umami' has three distinct interpretations:

  1. Umami means ‘good flavor’ in Japanese. In Japan it was first discovered as being the fifth basic taste. The four most common tastes are sweet, sour, bitter and salty. Umami plays an important role in making food delicious.  

  2. The first two letters ‘UM’ is an abbreviation for our university; Universiteit Maastricht

  3. The last three letters, ‘ami’, mean ‘friend’ in French.  This suits to the informal and lovable way students cooperate with each other during this study.

Umami has a number of important visions: 

Not only will it provide support to members where it’s necessary and organize educational activities. It will also organize regularly events where members can meet and interact with each other in an informal way.

About Health Food Innovation Management

Your program is as far as I can see unique in its setup and will no doubt educate young people of the type we need" - Peter van Bladeren, Nestlé Research Center


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