VNU University of Science together with Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry and partners organized the 3rd Summer School on “Sustainable Forest Management and Bio-Economy” under the framework of the BioEcoN Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
The 3rd Summer School with the topic “Sustainable Forest Management and Bio-Economy”. Unlike the 1st and 2nd Summer school, due to the complex developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 3rd Summer School were held online.
3rd Summer School were held online
The 3rd Summer School training program were conducted by professors, experts, and lecturers from six universities from Vietnam and EU including: VNU University of Science (VNU-HUS), Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry (TUAF), Vietnam National University of Forestry (VNUF), Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (HNEE), University of Valladolid (UVa) and South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (XAMK), with the participation of more than 70 students from different countries around the world, including Vietnam, Philippines, Pakistan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Germany, Finland and Spain.
VNU University of Science appointed 4 lecturers from the Faculty of Environment Sciences and the Faculty of Geography to participate in this 3rd summer school as teachers. Furthermore, many bachelor’s and master’s students, as well as PhD students from the Faculty of Environment and the Faculty of Biology had registered and participated in this intensive learning period.
Participants had one week for preparation (from 31st of May to 5th of June) and two-week intensive learning (from 7th to 19th of June) with four courses of their interest among 12 courses offered by lecturers in this 3rd Summer School, provided immense academic knowledge and various skills related to BioEconomy, Sivilculture, Forestry and Sustainable Development.
Practical field trips and excursions were carried out under virtual reality trips and 360-degree virtual excursion, which satisfied the Project based Learning set out by this intensive learning period.
In addition, the Group based Learning such as: group assignments, discussions and oral presentation were able to take full advantage of the learning management system (LMS), created not only a highly interactive learning environment among students and lecturers but also a tremendous opportunity for academic and cultural exchange.
Participants then received a certificate of participation and earn up to 6 ECTS.
Present at the opening and closing ceremony of the Summer School, Prof. Vu Hoang Linh, Rector of the VNU University Science, congratulated all partners, lecturers and students participating in the training course for overcoming the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic to successfully complete the 3rd summer school proposed by the BioEcoN project, as well as inviting all project members and participants to attend the dissemination workshop of the BioEcoN project that will be held at the VNU University Science this September.
For more information of the 3rd Summer School, please visit: http://bioecon.eu/ and https://moodlebioecon.eu/
The BioEcoN project, funded by European Union from 2017 (http://bioecon.eu/), is one of several Erasmus+ projects running by VNU University of Science as national coordinator in Vietnam.
Partners of the project together collaborate, contribute experiences, academics, methods and skills, through the design and development of a joined postgraduate training program including 18 courses in Bio-economy, Forestry and Sustainable Development, along with a LMS that can be used for face-to-face, online or blended teaching. The results of teaching and learning as well as the number of credits accumulated by students will be recognized by partner universities of the project.
This project also creates opportunities for lecturers to exchange experiences in developing teaching materials following European standards, and for students to have access to a multicultural international learning environment.
On the other hand, lectures and students of the VNU University of Sciences are continuing to exchange and study with partner universities of the Erasmus+ BioEcoN project such as the Erasmus+ ICM program for staff and students with the University of Valladolid, Spain (https://uvamobplus.uva.es/); DAAD-HAW TranSEA academic exchange program for graduate students at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany (https://hnee.de/transea).
Furthermore, students will receive opportunities to be enrolled in double-degree programs between VNU University of Science and partner universities such as Master's degree in Environmental Engineering and Master's degree in Forest Management based on Data Science at University of Valladolid, Spain (https://bit.ly/2TdShnS); Bachelor's degree in Environmental Technology at South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, Finland (www.xamk.fi/exchange); Master's degree in Forestry Information and Technology (https://bit.ly/3drTJcV), Master's degree in Forestry Systems Transformation (https://bit.ly/3h5pDhP) and Master's degree in Climate Change Management (https://bit.ly/2Ti24sT) at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany.