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Forestry with an international flavour

Author: Communications

Posted on Aug 20, 2013

Category: In the Media

Students from universities across Canada and Europe learn about forestry and environmental management in New Brunswick.Students from European and Canadian universities are learning about New Brunswick forestry and environmental management through a specialized degree program offered by the University of New Brunswick.

The Transatlantic Forestry Master dual degree program (TRANSFOR-M), which started in 2010, allows students to spend one year working on their degree in Canada and one year working on their degree at a European institution.  Students in the program will earn both a Canadian and a European master’s degree in environmental management.

UNB’s faculty of forestry and environmental management leads the Canadian initiative, partnered with the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta.  The European partner universities are: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg in Germany, Bangor University in Wales, the University of Eastern Finland, and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. 

The program is a follow-up to TRANSFOR, which saw 144 students complete an exchange at the undergraduate level.

New Brunswick fieldwork

As part of the program, both the Canadian and European students will complete a fieldwork assignment, held in Canada this year.  Students arrived at the University of British Columbia on Aug. 4, and then travelled to the University of Alberta.  They will be in New Brunswick from Aug. 18 – 23.

“I’m thrilled that students will get the chance to tour New Brunswick,” Professor Brigitte Leblon, TRANSFOR-M liaison officer at UNB said.  “We will get to show them the unique facets of forestry and environmental management here as well as the various cultures of New Brunswick. ”While in New Brunswick, the students will learn about the forestry sector in the province, as well as about nature conservation in Fundy National Park.

A unique program at UNB

Prof. Leblon said that UNB’s involvement in the TRANSFOR-M program draws additional graduate students to the university.  Applicants to the TRANSFOR-M program are selected based on their GPA and extracurricular activities.  UNB internally selects its students, and then liaison officers from the seven universities decide which institutions the students will attend. “The master program will be customized for each student,” Prof. Leblon said.  “This is a great international opportunity for students to earn two degrees at the same time on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.”  

For additional information, please contact Prof. Brigitte Leblon (bleblon@unb.ca)