Photo Caption: Applications for this year's 5-week IOI Malta Training Course on Ocean Governance are now open. Deadline: 2nd June 2023
Applications for this year’s 5-week Regional Ocean Governance course organised annually are now open. Interested candidates can apply online.
To date, since its inception in 2004, the IOI (International Ocean Institute) Malta Training Course, offered jointly by the University of Malta and the IOI Malta Training Centre directed by resident academic Prof. Alan Deidun, has trained around 400 mid-career participants hailing from almost 40 countries bordering 4 different regional seas (Mediterranean, Black, Black and Caspian Seas) as well as from a number of observer countries, including China.
The servicing department at the University of Malta is the Department of Geosciences within the Faculty of Science, through the Ocean Malta research Group (OMRG). The training programme builds upon the 40 years' experience of the International Ocean Institute in conducting training and capacity building programmes on ocean governance (the first such course was held in 1983 by IOI Canada based in Halifax).
Despite being one of seven similar training programmes offered globally by the IOI, it is to date the only one accredited one, through an active collaboration with the University of Malta, representing a total of 15 ECTS through three different Study-Units offered by the Department of Geosciences within the Faculty of Science (GSC 5101, GSC 5102 and GSC 5103). Through its global network of training centres, the IOI, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, has managed to train over 2,000 alumni on thematics which include ocean governance, maritime spatial planning and ocean literacy.
The Course programme, which will run from 6 November till 7 December 2023, is a highly intensive one, covering contemporary approaches to coastal and ocean management, with an emphasis on moral, ethical and legal values in Ocean Governance (equity and peaceful uses of the ocean) under the governance architecture of UNCLOS and related international instruments and agreements. Course applications are normally opened each year over the May-June period.