From the press release:
“On 16th September in the University of Palangkaraya (UNPAR) was launched a 1,5 year long academic capacity building project STEM - Support Tool for Sustainable Environment Management in Tropical Rural Communities. Partners in the STEM project are the Department of Forest Sciences from the University of Helsinki (UH) and UNPAR through Master program “Natural resources and environmental management”, and Centre for International Co-Operation in Management of Tropical Peatland (CIMTROP).
STEM project aims for academic capacity building in several levels and fields. Main goals of the project are sharing knowledge in communications, internationalization, academic pedagogies, research methodology, global environmental policies, restoration and rehabilitation of degraded peat swamp ecosystems and carbon cycle. Work includes public seminars, shared teaching, and produced publicity materials on the topic at UNPAR campus. Practical restoration experimenting outside Palangka Raya and visits to study academic education methods in related topics in Finland form other important parts of the cooperation. STEM project is targeted mainly for UNPAR’s staff and students.
To validate the cooperation between UH and UNPAR’s institutions, Rector of UH professor Dr. Thomas Wilhelmsson and rector of UNPAR Drs Henry Singarasa have signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in education, academic and research activities.
The project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland under HEI-ICI program that is a Capacity Building Support Programme for Higher Education Institutions, and it is due to be completed by the beginning of year 2013. “
Materials shown in the launch can be viewed here (without pictures):