Forestry-Wood Training Platform

Objective: developing the full-time and continuing education offering, based on forestry/wood sector needs.

To keep pace with the needs of this promising sector, Aquitaine institutions have pooled their efforts to develop an innovative, sector-specific educational offering.

Created in 2013, this platform is aimed at:

  • Coordinating, within a single center, an educational offering covering all aspects of the sector, from upstream to downstream, for students as well as professionals
  • Developing innovative, attractive and effective study programs, suited to today's and tomorrow's careers
  • Establishing a permanent link between the professional world and the world of higher education

Partners of the project

This project supports the policy of the Bordeaux site reflected in the Initiative of Excellence (IdEx Bordeaux) of the University of Bordeaux and its partners, in close coordination with the other member institutions: Bordeaux Sciences Agro, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et de Paysage de Bordeaux, the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour and Ecole Supérieure du Bois.

It fits into the framework of the joint actions undertaken by the partners under the CAP FOREST convention and Higher Education Commission of the Xylofutur competitiveness cluster [Xylosup until 2013]. From 2007, they have identified the need to develop the forestry/wood educational offering in Aquitaine


Direction of partnerships and innovation

Arnaud Frehel
Projects manager

Tel : 05 57 35 86 21


5 partner establishments
4 Bachelor's programs, 7 Master's programs, 2 Engineering degrees and 1 Architecture degree in connection with the forestry/wood sector 100 graduates (Bachelor's degrees, Master's degrees and Engineering degrees)
1 study program combining the skills of the 3 higher education institutions 1 forestry school: La Forêt des Agreaux, covering nearly 1,000 hectares  
Olivier Lavialle, directeur de l’école d’ingénieurs Bordeaux Sciences Agro© BSA

Through the University of Bordeaux’s Initiative of Excellence, the current concern is how to develop and highlight the offer of initial and continued training to students and professionals, while also proposing innovative teaching methods. The Agreaux Forestry School project is a striking example of this. Simply put, it involves both classroom teaching and a natural laboratory.

Olivier Lavialle,
director of Bordeaux Sciences Agro

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A privileged partnership between Quebec and AquitaineA privileged partnership between Quebec and Aquitaine

Separated by some 5,000 kms, the University of Bordeaux and Laval University have long had a close relationship, formalized in 2012 under the name Alliance Bordeaux Laval. Within that framework, a forestry/wood agreement (Entente AQ Forêt-Bois) was signed in May 2013 to address the challenges of forestry sector development in Quebec and Aquitaine. Its goal: bringing stakeholders together to provide a more global response to the challenges of forestry sector development. The projects under way include the joint creation of a double-degree program in Ecology and Forestry, and the setup of a protocol facilitating student mobility between Bordeaux Sciences Agro and Laval University.