D1.2: Audit Tool for Education and Research: WP1 - Inventory of the skills needed for a transition to more sustainable agriculture, forestry and associated bio-value chains

Ivanche Dimitrievski*, Stine Rosenlund Hansen, Håkan Jönsson, Parthib Basu, Niels Heine Kristensen

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Agri-food and forestry sectors develop rapidly, while facing complex challenges such as globalization and climate change. Universities and other educational actors must adapt to facilitate the development of the skills and competences that students need to work as professionals in these sectors in the future. For this purpose, NextFood has identified seven pathways of skilling. The pathways are: Sustainability mindset, Technological adaptation, Network-building, Strategic management, Systems perspective, Multi-perspectivalism, and Versatility. The report presents the NextFood Audit Tool, which is designed to help educational actors assess how their programmes, modules, courses, and other educational activities perform in relation to each of the seven skilling pathways. Simultaneously, the tool encourages individual and/or group reflection on various ways to develop educational activities further, along the pathways. This will provide educational actors insight regarding their capacities to contribute towards developing a next generation agri-food and forestry professionals.
The report is structured as follows. The first section provides an introduction to the aims of the tool development and introduces the tool’s overall structure. In the second section, the methodology behind the tool development is elaborated. The section includes a description of the development process, a specification of the testing activities done hitherto (test phase 1) including preliminary results and insights. The instructions for test phase 1 and the questionnaires for respondents and coordinators of test phase 1 are supplied in Annex 2 and 3 respectively. The section also provides an indicative outline of upcoming testing activities (test phase 2). The third section summarizes the offline version of the audit tool, in full available in Annex 1. The fourth section describes the audit tool demonstrator – the online version of the audit tool, and presents its current development status. The report ends with a list of next steps, to be completed in the upcoming period of the audit tool development.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationRoskilde
PublisherRoskilde Universitet
Number of pages48
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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