The Strengthening Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development in Vietnam project (CLIDEV) has received 4-year HEI ICI funding from Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The project aims to empower an ever-increasing number of students with improved climate change knowledge and skills to make a positive contribution to the needs of society. The main intended outcome is the enhancement of forest and agriculture-related climate change higher education programmes in Vietnam. This will be achieved by:

Improving links and relationships between Finnish and southern partner HEIs for the development of institutional partnership and areas for cooperation for project implementation.
Institutionalizing the inclusion of stakeholders as part of curricular upgrades, defining desirable academic outcomes, and co-creation of knowledge.
Practical and innovative Climate Change educational tools and pedagogical methods, through ToTs capacity building activities and the upgrade/creation of strategic courses.
Improving accessibility of education by encouraging open educational resources –OER- (data collection, GIS, collaborative tools) and MOOCs – owned and maintained by partner HEIs
Providing tools and materials (IT, equipment upgrades) to support implementation of project activities and incorporation of new tools and methods into curricula

These outputs of the project will lead to increased understanding of climate change to support fact-based decision-making resulting in increased resilience of vulnerable communities. Thus, domestic capacity to sustainably manage natural resources will be improved, for the benefit of the local people and the environment, while enabling partners to effectively respond to the demands and opportunities of international processes e.g. Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Bonn challenge.

Partner institutions:

Institute of Resources and Environment (IREN) – Hue University

Tay Nguyen University (TNU)

Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry (TUAF)

Vietnam National University of Forestry (VNUF)

Laurea University of Applied Sciences and the University of Helsinki (Finland)

Associated partnersRECOFTC-The Centre for People and Forests, ThailandFAO Regional Office for Asia and Pacific, Thailand; and Joint IUFRO-IFSA Task Force on Forestry Education