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Knowledgebase

Africa

Cameroon

  • University of Bamenda

    The Department of Civil Engineering and Forestry Techniques offers programmes in a range of forestry and wood-related topics, including woodworking and timber in construction.

Zimbabwe

  • Zimbabwe College of Forestry, Mutare

    Incorporates the Forest Industries Training Centre and works closely with the forestry and forest products sectors, providing diploma and certificate programmes in forestry, wood technology and saw doctoring, plus short courses covering aspects of these topics.

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Asia

China

  • Northeast Forestry University

    One of the largest forestry and timber educational establishments worldwide, with over 20,000 students. Core topics include forest management, engineering, timber chemical processing and wood science and technology.

India

  • Advanced Woodworking Training Centre

    Located at the Institute of Wood Science & Technology (IWST) in Bangalore, which operates under the umbrella of the Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education (ICFRE), an autonomous body of the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Runs a range of courses, and provides training materials. Jointly supported initially by Italian woodworking machinery association ACIMALL.
  • Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE)

    Autonomous arm of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, its role covers sector planning, research and education, with the focus including climate change, biodiversity, desertification, sustainable management and development of resources. Includes nine regional research Institutes and four research centres servicing different forest area and timber sector needs nationwide.

Indonesia

Taiwan

  • National Chiahi University

    The department of forestry and natural resources provides undergraduate, graduate and doctoral education in forest management, conservation planning and bio-geoscience. The department of wood-based materials and design was launched in response to government strategies to boost use of environmentally sound materials. It provides undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in forest products technology and management, including industrial processing.

Turkey

  • Mugla University

    Wood Products Industrial Engineering Department was started 2011 to deliver qualified timber engineers to lumber, and wood products manufacturing sectors. Its focus covers forestry, woodworking, furniture and joinery. Students can also take associated courses in the Systems Engineering and Energy Systems Engineering departments.

Europe

Estonia

  • University of Life Sciences

    Incorporates the Institute of Forestry and Rural Engineering, formed through the merger of the Faculties of Forestry and Land Engineering and the Forest Research Institute. It comprises eight departments offering education, research and development resources across a range of subjects, from basics of forestry to timber-based building.

Finland

  • Kyamk University of Applied Sciences

    The university provides degree programmes in technology, forestry and transport and construction engineering. The latter includes a focus on wooden structures, materials and building systems including multi-storey and other innovative modern wood-based building approaches. Another aspect is using wood based technology in building repair. Courses cover sawmilling and further processing and wood-based panel technology.
  • Karelia University of Applied Sciences, Joenssu

    Working with students and other international timber research and training centres, the University includes a Centre for Bioeconomy providing programmes to degree or masters level in forestry, rural industries, and environmental technology.

France

  • Bontou Frederic Formation, B2F

    Training for the sawmilling, merchanting and processing sector.
  • University Henry Poinceré Nancy (ENSTIB-LERMAB)

    The Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Technologies et Industries du Bois (ENSTIB) at the Université de Lorraine is France's only university centre of Wood Science and Wood Engineering. It includes a growing research centre, specialising in fundamental and applied studies. A key focus is use of forestry-derived tannins for applications such as adhesives and resins. It has twice won the European Commission Descartes Prize.
  • Ecole Supérieure du Bois

    ESB Group trains managers for the various fields of the wood industry, offering a wide range of courses in wood science and technology leading to HND, bachelor's degree and engineering diploma level qualification. It has research and technology transfer divisions and each year has around 350 students. Of these 30% are from abroad thanks to the school's Erasmus network links with 28 other education institutions. Lessons are mainly in English and internships have taken place in 80 countries.

Germany

  • Rosenheim Technical School

    Courses at Rosenheim's Department of Wood Technology and Industrial Engineering include a bachelors degree in wood technology, covering materials, construction, production technology and mechanical engineering. It also links students with career opportunities worldwide. The school also offers a bachelor's degree in wood building and construction, covering building physics, technology, and wood technology and engineering.
  • Technical University of Munich

    TU Munich includes the internationally renowned Munich Wood Research Centre. This offers courses in forestry and wood science, resource management. The university also has courses covering wood mechanics and timber in construction, and its civil engineering and surveying faculty has a focus on timber structures and building construction.
  • University of Hamburg

    Works closely with the Thünen Institute (http://www.ti.bund.de/en/) and includes its well-known Wood Sciences and Technology Department. The latter covers forest economics, wood biology and wood technology to a range of levels. It has an extensive overseas exchange network via the Erasmus programme. Staff travel to partner institutions abroad to meet prospective students and promote the Department and University.
  • University of Freiburg

    Includes Institute of Forest and Environment Policy, which covers markets and marketing of the forest and timber sectors and international trade in forest products and services, among other areas. Another division is the Institute of Forest Utilization and Work Science. Research focuses on forest and wood products utilisation along the supply chain from harvesting activities and forest engineering to development of new sustainable biomaterials. More information: www.unr.uni-freiburg.de and www.fobawi.uni-freiburg.de

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

  • University of Limerick

    Degree in Wood Science and Technology, providing training for the timber processing, manufacturing and specification sectors.

Italy

Latvia

  • University of Agriculture

    Includes a Forest Faculty offering a wide range of timber and forestry sector courses and study programmes at various levels including a masters in wood materials and technology, wood processing technology, wood processing and forest engineering. Topics covered in various courses include round timber quality; rational usage of trunks; transportation of timber products; species of trees; technologies for cuttings; forest roads; primary processing of timber; biotopes; rational exploitation of forests; forest renewal and plantation; woodworking technology; timber drying. The wood materials and technology masters covers use of wood in structures, industrial design, timber in construction and wood composites.

Netherlands

  • University of Larenstein

    Includes departments in Wood Technology and International Timber Trade. The latter runs two-year bachelor's degree programme providing a practical preparation for technical and management positions in timber and timber-based industries. It is organised in cooperation with Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Tropical forestry training is also provided. Masters level qualifications are also available.

Romania

Russia

  • Chelyabinsk State University,

    The wood technology department undertakes education and research and liaises with equivalent institutions abroad.
  • Ural State Forest Engineering University

    Educates students from the Ural and Siberian regions and from around the world. The wide range of courses includes forestry, forest engineering, wood science and technology, IT in forest-based industries, forest industry business and management, wood product design and development, and wood construction. More information: www.lif-usfeu.ru and www.mtd-usfeu.ru

Slovakia

Spain

Sweden

  • Lulea University

    The Masters in Wood Technology is a two-year programme focused on wood as a material and production processes, designed for the needs of research and industry.
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

    The Department of Forest Products offers a masters in forest industrial economics for business administration bachelor graduates, laying the ground work for a career in the timber sector. The Department's focus also includes international forestry courses and research, wood science, wood fibre biology, wood measurement and forestry policy, which has the mission to enhance sustainable thinking.
  • Linnaeus University

    Offering one of the widest ranges of timber and forestry courses of any establishment worldwide, the Department of Forestry and Wood Technology has 40 staff and 750 students each year, 600 of them distance learners. Offers both bachelors and masters programmes.

UK

  • Bangor University

    Offers a range bachelor and masters level courses in forestry, including an element of specific timber coverage. The university also includes the Biocomposites Centre, which is developing bio-based alternatives to synthetic materials in manufacturing and industry.
  • Edinburgh Napier University

    Includes the Centre for Timber Engineering, focused on use of timber in high value engineering and construction, and the Wood Studio, which encourages wood use and innovation in architecture and design and includes research facilities at the Timber Expertise Centre. Its Wood Products Innovation Gateway helps smaller businesses develop new wood products. Timber courses are construction oriented, including a bachelors in civil and timber engineering and master in timber engineering and timber industry management.
  • Wood Information Training Forum

    A comprehensive suite of training for the joinery and woodworking sector, ranging from health and safety, to specifier and timber and sustainability training. The WITForum has also launched an online training academy for students to take courses remotely.
  • Wood Campus

    Wood Campus is a UK online training and information resource joint venture between merchant chain Jewson and the Swedish Wood initiative, developed in co-operation with the Timber Decking and Cladding Association, TRADA, Wood for Good and the Wood Window Alliance. It provides a range of learning tools for DIY and professional users of wood, and specifiers, including architects, with some training modules earning Continuing Professional Development points (CPD). It includes smartphone app versions.

North America

Canada

  • University of Northern British Columbia, Forestry Faculty,

    Provides bachelors and masters-level courses in forest ecology and management as well as natural resources and environmental studies. The Engineering Faculty, www.unbc.ca/engineering, also has a core focus on timber engineering, construction and design. It offers a Masters of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design and this year opened the timber-based Wood Innovation and Design Centre, a hub for wood construction education and training and, at 90 ft, officially North America's tallest timber-building.
  • University of British Columbia, Faculty of Forestry

    Provides a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate level courses and associated research. Includes Departments of Wood Science, www.wood.ubc.ca, Forest and Conservation Sciences, www.fcs.forestry.ubc.ca, and Forest Resource Management, www. frm.forestry.ubc.ca. Also includes the UBC Timber Engineering and Applied Mechanics resource, www, team.forestry.ubc.ca, which is focused on the development of wood building and wood-based construction products, undertaking research and providing training materials.
  • University of Laval

    Department of wood science and forestry www.sbf.ulaval.ca has 250 students studying a range of topics, from wood transformation to tropical forestry. It also has a team of 30 teachers and researchers undertaking a variety of topics on forestry improvement and forest products application. Includes a chair on engineered wood products for structural and appearance applications. The faculty of forestry, geography and geomatics , www2.laval.ca offers a range of courses in forest engineering, including those covering use of wood and non-wood resources. It includes a Wood Research Centre.

Mexico

USA

  • Virginia Tech, College of Natural Resources and Environment

    Departments include Sustainable Biomaterials and Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation. Running courses and undertaking research respectively in applications of forest-based materials and forest conservation, management and development.
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

    The Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology provides a forest major and a wide range of associated courses, as well as leading research facilities in the field. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering's course study areas include construction materials and structures, including mechanical and structural behaviour of wood and wood products. More information: www.forestandwildlifeecology.wisc.edu and www.engr.wisc.edu/cee.html
  • Rethink Wood

    The US wood promotional and informational programme provides a range of education and training resources on key issues.
  • American Wood Council

    Focused particularly on the use of timber in construction, and on timber and US Building Codes, the AWC offers a wide range of training materials and an extensive programme of seminars, with participants receiving certificates. It also has provides online and webinar-based courses.
  • School of Renewable Natural Resources

    Under its Forest Resource Management Programme, the School provides education and research activities and service across a range of forest and forest product related areas.
  • Louisiana State University, Louisiana Forest Products Development Center

    A department of the University's Agriculture Centre, provides training and education services and research resources across a range of wood and other forest products-based materials, including composites engineering and wood durability laboratories.

South America

Brazil

  • SENAI

    Role to develop technical development and education in the Brazilian state of Parà, including in the forestry and timber and wood products sectors.
  • Inam (Instituto Natureza Amazônica)

    Role to promote rational, sustainable use of natural resources and support development projects, local community schemes and environmental education. Works with other NGOs, the private sector and government and education bodies.
  • Federal University of Parana

    The university's department of forestry engineering and technology, www.floresta.ufpr.br, has offered undergraduate courses and masters and doctoral degrees for many years, to develop skills and knowledge applicable in the forestry and wider business sectors. Its areas of focus include wood technology and application. It works closely on education and research with the Forest Research Foundation of Parana.
  • University of Amazonas

    The forest management department runs a wide range of forestry and forest engineering courses.

Chile

  • University of Bio-Bio

    Within the Engineering Faculty, the Department of Wood Engineering offers both degree level education and extensive research opportunities in all areas of wood engineering science and technology. The Architecture, Construction and Design Faculty also has a strong focus on the use of wood in building.

Worldwide

  • International Partnership for Forestry Education

    The IPFE is a not-for-profit, voluntary partnership focused on university-level forestry education globally. IPFE's aim is forestry education that is contemporary, locally-relevant and globally connected, and responsive to the global development agenda. It facilitates partnerships between university forestry educators and other relevant institutions. ITTO is a member.

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