NETWORK OF BIOECONOMY UNIVERSITIES IN THE BIOEAST MACRO REGION BIOEAST UNINET
ESTABLISHED UNDER THE UMBRERLLA OF BIOEAST INTIATIVE
Bioeconomy offers a realistic opportunity to reconcile economic growth in a sustainable way and within an environmentally responsible frame. This development requires an interdisciplinary approach to research and innovation, for the implementation of innovative solutions achieved by a new generation skilled expert. In these perspective, tailored bioeconomy education and training are important to enhance the transition to sustainable development.
Bioeconomy Education has been a key issue on the European Strategy for Bioeconomy from the very beginning. In both Strategy documents (2012 and 2018) the issue appears as a main priority for Europe. Unlike the network of Bioeconomy University established in the Western, Southern and Northern part of Europe, there has been no such network in the BIOEAST macro region.
The 2021 BIOEAST Foresight Report highlighted the structural problems in the bioeconomy related education and skills development in the Central and Eastern European macro-region. The lack of human resources in higher education and research means that it could become one of the main bottlenecks to accomplishing the goals of the European Green Deal.
The BIOEAST Initiative fully acknowledges the importance of the coordinated approach and tackle the issue of bioeconomy education in the BIOEAST macro region, the TWG Bioeconomy Education (TWG BE EDu) was established in 2020 to meet the specific macro regional education needs of the BIOEAST macro-region. Its main goal is to maximise the efforts in increasing knowledge sharing, networking, mutual learning, development of joint activities and events.
TWG members articulated the need to tackle the bioeconomy education together, the BIOEAST HUB CZ initiated the establishment of the BIOEAST Bioeconomy University Network.