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Transatlantic graduate program wins innovation award

Author: Communications

Posted on Apr 14, 2014

Category: UNB Fredericton , UNB Homepage , In the Media , myUNB

The University of New Brunswick’s TRANSatlantic FORestry Masters (TRANSFOR-M) program, a two-year master’s program leading to dual degrees in forestry and environmental management, recently won an Award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education from the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) and Educational Testing Service (ETS).

 The TRANSFOR-M program is the first dual-degree master’s program in forestry and environmental management between Canada and Europe. TRANSFOR-M is a unique graduate program through which master’s students can study forestry and environmental management based on a selection of 15 graduate programs across seven partner institutions:

  • University of New Brunswick (Canadian leader)
  • University of Alberta
  • University of British Columbia
  • Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Germany) (European Leader)
  • Bangor University (Wales)
  • University of Eastern Finland (Finland)
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden)

The cross-cultural aspects of TRANSFOR-M, including cultural immersion, language training, international study, field courses and working experiences through internships provide uncommonly valuable experiences and are highly attractive to students.

Professor Brigitte Leblon, Canadian director of the TRANSFOR-M program, says 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 liaison officers from the seven partner universities decide which institutions the students will attend. “The master’s program is customized for each student,” says Professor Leblon.  “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 Professor Brigitte Leblon (bleblon@unb.ca).