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The Ocean is the largest interconnected ecosystem on earth. It provides services on which we rely; food, energy, transportation, environmental resilience, but also immaterial benefits such as beauty, cultural identity and recreation. The pivotal role of the ocean in stabilizing climate, enabling a just distribution of economic prosperity and allowing for sustainable management and good governance of human activities is recognized in Goal 14 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that focuses on the Ocean. For the Massive Open Online Course, marine scientists team with economists, lawyers and philosophers to bring you a holistic view of how the ocean functions, how human interactions with the ocean can be understood, and what solutions are available to support both sustainable use and stewardship of our blue planet.


All the course episodes are now available as open source material online at

The Course Brochure and application form for IOI-South Africa's 2017 training programme can be downloaded from the Training section of the website: or by clicking on the downloads in the training section on this website. Any queries and expressions of interest may be addressed to: Mr. Adnan Awad, Director, IOI South Africa on e-mail: awad.adnan(at)


The official application deadline is the 13th April 2017.

The 2016 EMB Bursary is awarded to Dr. Stefano Moncada to carry out research titled “Climate Coping Strategies, Economic Wellbeing and Sustainability in Vulnerable Coastal Communities”The award ceremony for this year’s Bursary was held on 13 October at the offices of the IOI Headquarters on campus. Present at the ceremony were Pro-Rector Professor Joseph Cacciattolo, Professor Louis Cassar, Dr Stefano Moncada, Ms Antonella Vassallo (IOI Managing Director) and the previous EMB Bursary award winner Ms Kristina Edwards. 


Information about the 2016/2017 EMB Bursary awardee is available on the University of Malta website.