Co-operation in bioeconomy education devel­opment between Chile and Finland

Solving global challenges needs inter­na­tional and multi­dis­ci­plinary co-operation in terms of education and capacity building. Therefore, seven Chilean and Finnish univer­sities have created a co-operation network to enhance bilateral capacity building in the field of bioeconomy and sharing the best practices between Chile and Finland.

Univer­sities are informing of collab­o­ration by signing Memorandum of Under­standing (MoU). These univer­sities are Univer­sidad Católica del Maule of Chile, Univer­sidad Austral de Chile, University of Talca, Univer­sidad de Concepción, University of Eastern Finland, Karelia University of Applied Sciences and Savonia University of Applied Sciences.

Univer­sities are planning cooper­ation in terms of joint imple­men­tation on bioeconomy education for students and profes­sionals. This includes sharing of experi­ences and best practices on enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in higher education. The focus areas are sustainable and socially respon­sible use of natural resources, wood construction, bio and circular economy, and agricul­tural systems. Co-operation will start by sharing best practices of bioeconomy education programs, e.g. Finnish bioeconomy special­ization studies which is targeted for the profes­sionals working in the broad field of bioeconomy.

This cooper­ation is part of the Finnish bioeconomy devel­opment project called “Devel­oping inter­na­tional bioeconomy compe­tence in Eastern Finland by working life oriented continuous learning”. This project aims to improve the offerings of the univer­sities in continuous learning in the growing bioeconomy sector and to develop working life orien­tation of the education, both pedagog­i­cally and in terms of substance. Project is funded by the European social fund and its duration is 2.5 years.