Building a sustainable future is essential to protecting the planet and ensuring the human race continues to thrive. This hinges on participating in a more environmentally conscious utilization of resources. Many scientists and ecologists believe that bamboo will be a cornerstone in the use of ecological structural materials that will prevent deforestation and reduce our carbon footprint. Within this context, BAM has been created to expand and enhance educational offerings and research related to the study of bamboo; promote its varied use in industries ranging from construction to transportation; and produce leaders in this emerging global industry.
Bamboo, long utilized in Asia in producing domestic goods and building projects, is now the center of global attention as it is increasingly being touted at one of the best green solutions available for safeguarding the environment. Unlike traditional hardwood, bamboo only requires 3-5 years to re-harvest, and testing has confirmed that its strength and fatigue failure rating positions it among the very best engineering resources, ahead of steel, concrete and hardwood.
In light of the central role that bamboo materials will play in the future, seeks to establish a one-year master’s degree program in Bamboo Studies. Currently, no such program exists in the United States. An educational foundation in this field is paramount in creating leaders to participate in the emerging importance of bamboo in both the economy and sustainable future. This master’s degree program will be an attractive prospect for a university and its students to be at the forefront in creating a better tomorrow.
In founding a master’s program centered on the application and management of bamboo resources, BAM hopes to not only expedite the development of the bamboo plant on the domestic and global scene, but create an epicenter of resources that industry leaders and communities alike can turn to. Our pioneering efforts will connect other institutions, organizations and individuals in the field and be the heart of an international infrastructure in this growing area.
BAM is currently assembling an internationally recognized team to develop the principles and curriculum of the master’s program, ensuring it will offer an integrated and comprehensive experience that will allow graduates to successfully engage and add to the discipline of bamboo utilization. This program will prepare graduating students for employment in this diversified and growing field. Given the robust nature of the program, students will be able to specialize in areas of focus most applicable to their interests and motivations. BAM will be in contact with various consultants and industry leaders as it develops its course curriculum and content.
Moreover, we are reaching out to other industry-academic professionals who can help assist with the various preparatory steps required to present a comprehensive proposal to a university body. In addition to curriculum development, a detailed plan for program assessment will be presented, including how assessment data will be collected and evaluated. Potential instructors must be contacted and assembled in order to provide a profile of staff interested in participating in the program. Faculty expertise is required to be found sufficient to carry out the rigors of the course. A budget will need to be crafted to indicate that the master’s program is financially self-sustaining as well as a strategy to acquire scholarship funding to support enrolled students. BAM also needs to research if any specialized accreditation is possible for the graduates of the program, and how such distinctions can be achieved. Finally, the proposed program will be evaluated in the context of demand by both the students and the industry, as well as how the program will specifically serve a diverse student population. Bam is currently seeking volunteers and partners to help accomplish this groundwork.
When a comprehensive and detailed proposal of the master’s program is completed BAM will approach internationally recognized universities with an existing forestry program in regard to the implementation of the pro-gram. BAM believes that a self-sustaining pioneering master’s degree will be an attractive offer to higher education institutions, especially for those with an interest in “green economics.” After establishing connections and initiating an informal relationship with the university, BAM's proposed master’s program will undergo the institution’s program review process and appropriate accreditation review before launching. BAM plans to work collaboratively with the institution to identify monies to help support the funding of the chair of the department and offer scholarship opportunities.
Bamboo Academic Management was created to provide a nucleus for the educational effort in the area of bamboo studies. The implementation of a one-year master’s degree in the field will not only offer a gravitational focal point, but provide a currently absent opportunity for individuals to learn about and enter the industry, preparing them to be leaders in this exciting sphere of research. BAM believes this program will garner international attention, as well as pave the way for other programs to follow.