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A Comparison of Forestry Continuing Education Academic Degree Programs

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Asia Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet), Beijing 100102, China
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Center for Southeast Asian and Integrated Area Studies, Kyoto University, Kyoto 6068501, Japan
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Research Institute of Forest Ecology, Environment and Protection, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Beijing 100091, China
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International Union of Forest Research Organizations, Marxergasse 2, 1030 Vienna, Austria
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Department of Forest Resource Management, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
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Academic Editor: Timothy A. Martin
Forests 2021, 12(7), 824; https://doi.org/10.3390/f12070824
Received: 16 May 2021 / Revised: 9 June 2021 / Accepted: 12 June 2021 / Published: 23 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Forest Ecology and Management)
Forestry professionals are expected to be well trained and skilled. This facilitates progress in multiple global efforts to ensure a synergistic contribution of forests and the forest sector to sustainability goals. In recent years, societal demands and expectations associated with forests and the forest sector have changed profoundly. Forests have traditionally been a key resource that contributes to people’s livelihoods; however, this has only been fully embraced among forest professionals within the past 30 years as one of the responsibilities of the sector’s role in society. Forests are the largest repository of carbon stocks and have been assigned a major role in global efforts related to climate change mitigation and adaptation. The changing role of the forest sector is resulting in changes in forestry higher education programs and curricula; however, these changes are occurring unevenly in different regions of the world. One major effort to ensure that forestry professionals have the requisite training and skills, and the ability to implement technical management, public administration, and knowledge creation, are post-graduate training and higher education programs for early career forestry professionals. These programs aim to update a professional’s knowledge and skills to adjust to the changing societal demands on forests, and to address deficiencies in professionals’ undergraduate education. This paper reviews and compares five programs that aim to update and improve knowledge and skills among forest professionals, with a special focus on the Asia Pacific region. After reviewing and comparing several programs, the paper reflects on trends and their possible implications. View Full-Text
Keywords: forestry higher education; competencies; continuing education; professional development; post graduate education forestry higher education; competencies; continuing education; professional development; post graduate education
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de Jong, W.; Huang, K.; Zhuo, Y.; Kleine, M.; Wang, G.; Liu, W.; Xu, G. A Comparison of Forestry Continuing Education Academic Degree Programs. Forests 2021, 12, 824. https://doi.org/10.3390/f12070824

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de Jong W, Huang K, Zhuo Y, Kleine M, Wang G, Liu W, Xu G. A Comparison of Forestry Continuing Education Academic Degree Programs. Forests. 2021; 12(7):824. https://doi.org/10.3390/f12070824

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de Jong, Wil, Kebiao Huang, Yufang Zhuo, Michael Kleine, Guangyu Wang, Wei Liu, and Gongxin Xu. 2021. "A Comparison of Forestry Continuing Education Academic Degree Programs" Forests 12, no. 7: 824. https://doi.org/10.3390/f12070824

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