FORMEB field course participants at the National University of Laos, by Mikko Sonninen.

Photo: Mikko Sonninen

Forest Landscape Rehabilitation in the Mekong Basin (FORMEB)

Coordinator University of Helsinki
Contact details

Dipjoy Chakma, Viikki Tropical Resources Institute (VITRI)

Budget €429 482
Duration 3/2013 - 12/2015, 34 months
Academic field Forestry


Viikki Tropical Resources Institute (VITRI), Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland
Faculty of Forestry, National University of Laos, Laos

Brief Description:

The overall objective of the project is to strengthening of the National University of Laos, Faculty of Forestry's educational performance and enabling it to provide good professionals for improved management and the sustainable use of Laos's forest resources.

The project purpose is to support the Faculty of Forestry in terms of international collaboration, organization of joint teaching material production and education events, curriculum development, introduction of new teaching methods, and joint supervision of M.Sc. students research with the aim to provide good forestry professionals and academics for the forest sector of Laos. The project also aims to improve in terms of forest measurement instruments, computer equipment and software to support research and practical training activities by local students and staffs.

The proposed project will be mainly implemented by (a) organising intensive training events in Laos and Finland for advance forestry students and young professionals and (b) by strengthening the institutional capacity building in the form of curriculum development, teaching material preparation and new tools for e-learning and networking as well as new equipments for research and practical purposes.

Result Area(s):

  • Improved quality and relevance of higher education
  • Enhanced management, leadership and governance capacities in higher education institutions
  • Improved information management in teaching and learning
  • Strengthened the role and relevance of the HEIs in development

Key Results to be Achieved:

  • Objectives for the development of institutional partnership and areas for mutual cooperation between the partners agreed, and project management and communication successfully established and implemented
  • Locally suited course material prepared and young academic staff and postgraduate students trained on the multidisciplinary approaches and share of best practices in research and teaching
  • Young staffs trained on - course planning and e-learning, academic writing, funding application writing
  • Research equipment supplied/upgraded to enhance research capacity