Technologies are driven by innovation. Bio-Economy is no exception. The BioEcoN project aimed to strengthen the idea of sustainable bio-economy and environmental protection in respective curricula and academic staff exchange projects among partner universities. A new innovative curriculum is a driving force and foundation of all participating universities. The new curriculum fuses scientific practices, sustainability core ideas, and crosscutting concepts from different disciplines.
A multidisciplinary M.Sc. programme on Sustainable Forest- and Bio-Economy implemented in the form of a blended and distance learning (e-learning) program is a unique feature in the higher education area of environmental M.Sc. programmes.
BioEcoN works on a set of peer2peer curriculum development projects for partner HEIs’ staff, based on the development of new curriculum concepts and new teaching modules. The development of new syllabi and didactical e-learning material improves blended and online education in the bio-economy sector. Only a few distance or blended learning courses exist in the forestry sector as of this writing. The curricula and syllabi developed through the BioEcoN project was evaluated by an international accreditation agency and multiple stakeholders, including independent experts and potential end-users, such as masters students in a series of summer schools.