New Zealand Journal of Forestry (1995) 40(1): 43–44
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry
The forest sector and tertiary education - expanding opportunities at Lincoln University
H. Bigsby and J.Sasse
Institutional and legislative changes in the forest sector have created the need for university graduates who are trained in a wider range of disciplines than forest science, particularly business, engineering and planning, but who are still conversant with the sector. Lincoln University has responded by developing a number of undergraduate and graduate programmes for the forest sector that are substantially different from what is typically found in a forest science programme. Central to undergraduate teaching are the three-year degrees in Bachelor of Commerce (Forestry) and Bachelor of Resource Studies with a forestry option. In both degrees, students can take 25% -35% of their papers in forestry subjects, with the remainder being in either commerce or resource studies, as appropriate. Students graduating from these programmes are not intended to compete in the technical forester market. Rather, B.Com. (Forestry) graduates will have a commerce degree combined with knowledge and skills specific to the forest sector. Similarly, B.R.S. graduates will have broad resource policy and management training, but with a focus on forestry. At the graduate level, Lincoln University offers a specialised Masters in Applied Science in Agroforestry, and is developing a Masters of Engineering in Forest Harvesting.