The Future of Professional Forestry Education: Trends and Challenges from the Malaysian Perspective

  • Jegatheswaran RATNASINGAM University Putra Malaysia, Faculty of Forestry, 43400 UPM, Serdang, Selangor (MY)
  • Florin IORAS Buckinghamshire New University, Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, HP11 2JZ Buckinghamshire (US)
  • Claudia Cristina VACALIE Faculty of Silviculture and Forest Engineering, Transilvania University of Brasov, 1Sirul Beethoven, 2200 Brasov (RO)
  • Lu WENMING Chinese Forestry Academy, Wanshoushan Hou, Haidian District, Beijing 100091 (CN)
Keywords: economics; education; environmental; forestry; training; social

Abstract

The traditional forestry education schemes are no longer sufficient to train professional foresters to manage the forest resources in a changing world. Even in forest-rich nations such as Malaysia, the challenges faced by forestry education are growing. The declining student enrolment and interests in the field must be stopped if the field is to remain viable. The roles played by the forest have shifted from purely commercial product exploitation to environmental and social-centric. In this context, forestry education will need to be restructured to impart the necessary knowledge and skills to the foresters to enable them to perform up to expectations in the field.

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Published
2013-05-28
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RATNASINGAM, J., IORAS, F., VACALIE, C. C., & WENMING, L. (2013). The Future of Professional Forestry Education: Trends and Challenges from the Malaysian Perspective. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 41(1), 12-20. https://doi.org/10.15835/nbha4119139
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DOI: 10.15835/nbha4119139

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