IMarEST & MLA College Seminar

Building Capacity in Ocean Science Education – Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology and MLA College

Wednesday 5th April 3.00pm in room G2 166/21 – 6th Floor

The ‘blue’ economy in the EU represents roughly 5.4 million jobs and generates a gross added value of almost €500 billion a year and blue growth is expected to further enhance these opportunities in sectors such as aquaculture, blue biotechnology and offshore renewables to name a few. In addition, blue growth has to take place within the context of achieving SDG-14, conservation of oceans and seas. Are we producing the right numbers of individuals with the right levels of skills to enable blue growth to occur in a sustainable fashion?

The IMarEST and MLA college will hold a workshop to explore:

  • Are we, as a community, ready to deliver projected blue growth from a human capital perspective?
  • What are the skills gaps in ocean sciences and technology?
  • Do problems exist with undergraduate or postgraduate qualifications and/or with training?
  • What is the role of ocean education in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 – conserving our oceans and seas?
  • How can e-learning and distance education technology help our industry and society meet its skills needs?

Results from the workshop will be assimilated into a wider IMarEST report on skills in the blue economy.

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