“Forests, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: Higher Education Cooperation in Mekong Region (FRAME)” a new VITRI project.


Forests, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: Higher Education Cooperation in Mekong Region (FRAME) is a 3 years capacity building project (15 November 2020 to 14 November 2023), which is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

The project includes 2 Programme HEIs – the University of Helsinki (coordinating HEI) & Czech University of Life Sciences, and 2 Partner HEIs each in Laos: Savannakhet University & Souphanouvong University and Thailand: Kasetsart University & Chiang Mai University.

The project aims to strengthen forestry higher education in Laos and Thailand based on the priority themes of ‘Sustainable forest management’ and ‘Forest restoration & rural livelihoods’; with the crosscutting themes of climate change mitigation & adaptation. Both countries have high levels of forest loss and degradation and are highly vulnerable to climate change. Within this context, a key challenge for both countries is to make forest management more sustainable, socially inclusive, and to conserve and restore forests while providing development opportunities. Yet, their HEIs are inadequately equipped to provide the education services needed to address these challenges. Forestry students need to be trained not only in production forestry, but also in social, environmental, economic, and policy aspects.

Following the regional priorities, the project aims to support modernization and internationalization of Partner HEIs curriculum, and support the development of new teaching and learning tools (including MOOCs & open source ICT tools), innovative methodologies and pedagogical approaches.

Contact persons:

Nicholas Hogarth, Principal Investigator (nicholas.hogarth@helsinki.fi)

Dipjoy Chakma, (dipjoy.chakma@helsinki.fi)



HEI ICI PARFORM Kick-off meeting

On 27th of June, 2017 VITRI launched a new 3 years (1.3.2017-30.3.2020) project called “Partnership for Forestry Higher Education Cooperation in Mekong Region (PARFROM)” in cooperation with Savannakhet University at Kaysone Phomvihan Cultural Hall, Savannakhet Province. The project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland under the “Higher Education Institutions Institutional Cooperation Instrument (HEI ICI)”

His excellency Mr. Khamphoun Touphaithoun, Vice-governor of Savannakhet province was the chief guest. Project members from Savannakhet University, National University of Laos, Souphanouvong University and Kasetsart University of Thailand attended in the event. In addition, representatives from Hue University of Vietnam, World bank, ADB and AUSAID projects joined in the event.

For more information contact with Mr. Dipjoy Chakma, Project coordinator

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