Viewing bio-economy through the lens of sustainable forestry


Project in a Nutshell


Erasmus+, Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education

Project Volume:

799.545,- EUR

Consortium Coordinator:


Contact Person:

Kevin Beiler, Project Coordinator

Project Duration:

15/10/2017 – 14/10/2020


The project consortium comprises 6 partners from Europe and Vietnam. The size of the group allows for a diversity of perspectives while maintaining synnergies regarding involvement in education on forest and environmental management. The variety of disciplinary backgrounds represented by experts from each university provides strong interdisciplinary / multidisciplinary capabilities to the consortium.

  • The University of Sustainable Developmnet Eberswalde, Germany, is specialized in Forest and Environment, Landscape Management and Nature Conversation, Wood Engineering as well as Sustainable Business
  • The South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences Ltd. (XAMK) is specialized in silviculture, wood procurement, harvesting, forest management and planning and business operation in forestry.
  • The VNU University of Science (VNU-HUS) has a strong focus on forestry, biology, environmental sciences, renewable energy, and advanced materials for green growth.
  • The Vietnam National University of Forestry (VNUF) has expertise in Forestry, Forest Resources Management, Environment, Forestry Industry, and Rural Development.
  • The Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry (TUAF) focuses on fisheries and aquaculture, agriculture, forestry, rural development, environmental and natural resource management.
  • The University of Valladolid offers expertise in Forest Engineering and Natural Resources Management Engineering.

The objectives are:

  • to design a new multidisciplinary M.Sc. curriculum on Sustainable Forest-and Bio-Economy
  • to develop, test and deliver learning materials for 18 modules with 6 ECTS credits or courses on Sustainable Forest- and Bio-Economy
  • to disseminate best practices in intercultural and inter-institutional settings and intercultural learning in the higher education sector on Sustainable Forest- and Bio-Economy
  • to involve local and regional stakeholders such as private business, professional bodies and associations from the sector and also national accreditation institutions for higher education.
The Outcomes are:
  • Syllabi and learning / teaching materials of 18 innovative modules jointly developed by the partners
  • Increased capacity of faculty members trained in designing and developing the learning / teaching materials of the 18 modules
  • 100 students trained with the 18 new and innovative modules developed
  • An e-Learning platform containing learning / teaching materials of the 18 modules for open and free access worldwide.