There are some strange degree programs, but a UK university and Yum Brands are now offering a degree in pizza, which is most certainly an improvement over degrees from Oaksterdam for “Cannabis Cultivation,” Appalachian State University’s offering of a B.S. in “Fermentation Science,” Penn State’s “Turfgrass Science,” or our favorite – a “Bagpiping” degree offered at Carnegie Mellon University, because we certainly need more bellows-driven wind pipes in the economy.
Reports Food World News on Dec. 8: “Joining forces with a university in the British city of Manchester, the Yum! Brands-owned chain has announced their latest endeavor, dedicated to the education of the millions of pizza fans all over the world, as the Pizza Hut degree will give 1,500 students the chance to major in the most delicious food item of all.”
Students often combine their college studies with the round pie, sauced-up favorite, but it appears Pizza Hut has had a eureka moment and combined the two. Manchester Metropolitan University has partnered up with Yum Brand Foods, which operates the licensed brands Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut, to offer 1,500 fortunate pizza lovers a chance to get their hands deep in some dough studies.
“The launch of our apprenticeships comes at an exciting time for our business as we continue to make headway in our refurbishment program,” said Kathryn Austin, director of HR and marketing at Pizza Hut Restaurants. “Over the next few years we will work hard to provide our apprentices and team members with the best training and development so that we can equip them with skills for life, not just for working in a restaurant.”
Time chided the idea of a degree in Pizza, writing: “If you really think about it, pizza skills are practical life skills. What of the world’s problem could not be solved if everyone could just gather in mutual appreciation of bread and cheese? Not to mention, it’s a topic that sparks the kind of healthy debate college students should be engaging in. Thin crust or pan pizza? Light or heavy sauce?”
Still, this delicious degree is not just about pizza. The pizza-making degree will also carry over for a career in the hospitality industry and for anyone looking to become a fast food franchisee.
Adds Mashable: “Pizza Hut isn’t the first food chain to roll something like this out. In 2012, KFC partnered with De Montford University to launch a KFC degree program, while McDonald’s also offers a foundation degree course for its business managers, which has been available since 2010.”
What do you think about Yum foods and Manchester University offering a degree in pizza?