Monday, 28 September 2009

Finnish-Russian co-operation in forestry education leads to European-style curriculum and new kind of know-how in Russian forestry colleges

The participants were very interested to see a harvester at work.

TAMK’s forestry degree programme has been working in a three year –long project with Russian forestry colleges since 2006. The objective was to renew the curriculums of the forestry colleges and give the teachers of the colleges a chance to see how forestry works in Finland. The most important target has been achieved, because in September 2009, The Russian Ministry of Education and science accepted the draft curriculum standard. This means that from the beginning of 2010 all forestry colleges will in practice apply the same curriculum everywhere in Russia.

The project has been financed by Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and it is part of the Finnish-Russian Development Programme on Sustainable Forest Management and Conservation of Biological Diversity in North-West Russia. The budget of TAMK has been the total of 140 000 euros.

In practice the project’s realization has meant seminars both in Pushkino, Russia and Tampere, Finland. The project group also visited Luua college in Estonia in order to see how successful changes in forestry education can be done. The core partners in this project have been the vice-rectors of forestry colleges in North-West Russia and Aura Loikkanen and Ari Vanamo from TAMK.

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