BioEcoN - Approach
In times of resource scarcity, a bio-economy based on renewable resources like forest products seems to be the solution to increasing consumption of materials and energy. Bio-economy in itself cannot be considered as self-evidently sustainable. Viewing value creation in the Bio-economy sector through the lens of sustainable forestry requires a multidisciplinary approach. Economic demands need to be properly balanced.
The multidisciplinary character and interplay of sustainability, bio-economy and other environmental sciences and technologies change rapidly. The innovative sector of the bio-economy emerged just recently within the last five years. Policy actors, industry, forest owner and academia alike quickly showed great interest and raised expectation.
The project BioEcoN equips universities and future graduates with the required skills, methodologies and innovation. By designing English-taught course material on forest- and bio-economy, the partner universities address the need for internationalization. Overcoming disciplinary boundaries generates learning at inter-institutional level. The development of new syllabi and didactic e-learning material improves blended and online education in the bio-economy sector.