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Innovative training for Smart coastal management and Sustainable blue growth
Start date: Oct 15, 2016, End date: Oct 14, 2019 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In a context of rapid economic growth impacting its coastal zone, Morocco must organize a marine and coastal management plan as stipulated in the 2015 Moroccan Coastal Act. However, Morocco is facing one main challenge: to found highly qualified personnel at postgraduate level, with technical and transversal skills, fully able to implement this policy. In this purpose, this Erasmus + Capacity building Joint Project in the field of Higher Education intends to reduce the gap between current academic offers and the work market in the field of marine and coastal sciences. The ScolaMAR specific objective is to develop an Innovative training for Smart Coastal Management and Sustainable Blue Growth at the Master level.The ScolaMAR consortium, composed of four European and four Moroccan universities, will work together to reinforce Moroccan training capacities through exchange of good practices, focusing on 3 main approaches: technical, innovative pedagogical and integrative approaches. In order to maximise the project impact and sustainability, activities will specifically target teachers through two main activities: job-shadowing that implies staff mobility from Morocco to Europe and scientific events in Morocco. The ScolaMAR final objective is the development of an Innovative Master program based on the integration of a diversity of disciplines and approaches explored during this 36-months project, that are relevant to the field of Marine and Coastal Sciences. In addition, a SPOC, an e-learning module, on Coastal Risks will be developed to be integrated into the Master program . This regional Master program will help Morrocco to face great societal challenges of both increasing youth employability and ensuring coastal and marine sustainable development.
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