INTERNATIONALIZATION OF THE BLUE ECONOMY IN THE MEDITERRANEAN: THE ROLE OF OGS

Written by Mounir Ghribi

BIG TC – INTERNATIONAL NEWSLETTER

There are several opportunities in the blue economy sectors in the Mediterranean. Local governments should take advantage and raise awareness of such potential and work more closely with industry and the private sector to develop more innovative models to maximize job opportunities. Private-public partnerships has to be encouraged and dialogue between research and academia, the productive sector (industry, trade and business) and governance has to be fostered.

Today, as in all moments of historical change and due to the drastic economic situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the global food crisis and the war in Ukraine, we have the opportunity to steer our future in a better direction to rebuild our economies and societies. To do this, it is necessary to build trust in institutions and government commitment, reduce financial concerns, eliminate emotional distress and prepare new leaders. A new generation
of young managers capable of driving the change by introducing a new development model, that guaranty a transition from a linear development model, often destructive, to a circular development model based on an ecological transition and a digital transformation of our companies. There is also a need for international cooperation and dialogue to lay the foundations for successful partnerships and explore the best ways to create jobs and develop local economies. The sea, and therefore the Blue Economy, is undoubtedly the most important resource on which to base the relaunch and
development of the Mediterranean economy.

Sustainable blue economy in the Mediterranean region  a sea of opportunities

Sustainable blue economy in the Mediterranean region a sea of opportunities

THE DEVELOPMENT OF SKILLS TO FEED BLUE JOBS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN: THE ROLE OF OGS

In line with the EU Skills Agenda for Sustainable Competitiveness, Social Equity and Resilience, the EU Strategy for Blue Growth and the EU strategy for next generation Europe, the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS), in collaboration with other partners in the public and private sector (universities, research institutions, government bodies, industries), is promoting a training path aimed at overcoming the existing “skill
mismatch” in the Mediterranean to better respond to the labour market. This program includes a master’s degree, a summer school, doctoral research fellowships and a mobility program. It has received a label from the Union for the Mediterranean for product quality and has also received the best project award in the Mediterranean from the WestMED initiative for the development of skills and circulation of talents.

Second level Master in Sustainable Blue Economy organized by OGS in collaboration

with the University of Trieste and financially upported by MUR

Summer School on Blue Growth in the Mediterranean yearly organized
by OGS with the financial support of the Ministry of University and Research (MUR)

OGS training offer has an international vocation, and it promotes career opportunities in the Blue Economy by
developing skills, leveraging innovation, exchanging knowledge and enhancing research for a more sustainable Mediterranean Sea. It aims to develop new curricula and increase employability in the maritime and maritime sectors.
In addition to developing skills and developing capabilities, the aims is also to strengthen geopolitical dialogue in the Mediterranean region through increased international scientific cooperation and science diplomacy.

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