New approaches to forest education in Russia

Six Russian Universities* as well as a number of universities from Western Europe will participate in the project and University of Helsinki Palmenia Centre for Continuing Education coordinates it together with Mari State Technical University.

The SUFAREL project aims to harmonize the forestry degree programs in Russia to the standards of EU partners based on the principles of lifelong learning. It also aims to take into account the requirements of labour markets, especially in emerging and rapidly developing fields, e.g. through training offered by industrial enterprises and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to graduates of the partner universities. Another main aim of the project is to develop a quality framework for higher education in sustainable forestry at three levels (BSc, MSc and PhD). A key partner for this task is the Lille 1 University in France.

European Forest Institute (EFI) is a project partner and will provide to SUFAREL e.g. its expertise in the assessment of climate change impacts and development of adaptation strategies to better cope with and/or mitigate climate change; and its ToSIA tool (Tool for Sustainability Impact Assessment). EFI will also facilitate dissemination on the project results to the forest community through its European-wide channels.

For more information on SUFAREL, please contact: Eldar Kurbanov (eldar (at) marstu.net), Outi Vainikainen (outi.vainikainen(at)helsinki.fi), Leena Roihuvuo (leena.roihuvuo (at) efi.int) or project website.

*Bashkir State Agrarian University, Mari State Technical University, Moscow State Forest University, St. Petersburg State Forest Technical Academy, Ural State Forest Engineering University, and Voronezh State University of Forestry and Technologies.

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