The BlueSkills project promotes opportunities for “Blue” marine and maritime careers by developing skills, exchanging knowledge and valorising research for more sustainable Mediterranean Sea. Its aim is to develop new curricula and increase employability in the marine and maritime sectors. By supporting the Euro-Mediterranean communities of the Blue Economy stakeholders through higher education, research and innovation, the project will enhance the shared knowledge of the Mediterranean Region.
According to the European Marine Board recent dossier on the 21st century maarine professionals, graduate programmes and career developments are mainly fragmented and highly specialized, some of which are explicitly marine while other opportunities are often integrated within other disciplines. Institutions part of the BlueSkills consortium aim to gather their knowledge and networks in order to propose a comprehensive training offer that can suit the long-term education and immediate up-skilling experience, circular mobility and knowledge transfer.
The concept of “blue economy” stands at the crossroads of the UfM action for human and sustainable development. Therefore, this project concretely addresses three main priority areas of the UfM: Higher Education & Research, Water & Environment and Blue Economy, Business and Development. BlueSkills is also in line with the framework of the BLUEMED Initiative and its process of enlarging its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) to the non-EU Mediterranean Countries.
The goals of the project are:
The expected results include direct individual beneficiaries (young scientists, researchers and Ph.D. students; project managers, economists, engineers or other professionals; policy-makers, administrators) in the range of 120-140 direct beneficiaries per year, or 600-700 for the five-year project.
The project cost is valued as € 999,600 spanning across five years and ten countries, currently fully financed by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) and implemented by the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS).
Photogallery of the Summer School (Trieste, 10-19 July 2017)