Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance FOR the mediterranean, Black,  Baltic and Caspian Seas

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6th November - 6th December

The IOI Malta Training Course on Regional Ocean Governance, an accredited course equivalent to 15 ECTS, will be offered once again this year jointly by the IOI and the University of Malta from the 6th November - 6th December 2024. Course Manager: Prof Awni Behnam; Course Director: Prof Alan Deidun, Ocean Ambassador for Malta.


Find out more about the training programme, admission requirements and how to register here.




The Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas are characterised by a common feature of being geographically enclosed or semi-enclosed basins, subject to intense anthropogenic pressures while providing important resources on which major economic activities of international, regional and national importance rely. The regional seas connect the riparian countries and are also part subject to the countries within the national maritime zones. These seas have fragile coastal and marine ecosystems, with the activities and maritime policies of states affecting the quality of the marine environment of other regional states within the same basin. These regional seas exhibit different levels of experience in regional cooperation, sustainable development of the resources and services of the ocean, and this diversity and wealth of experience provides an opportunity for comparative learning. 

This training programme is a flagship activity of IOI together with that delivered from the University of Dalhousie in Canada and builds upon the more than 40 years' experience of the International Ocean Institute in conducting training and capacity building programmes on ocean governance. One of the main objectives is to assist in the formation of a core of decision-makers who will be aware of the complex global and regional contemporary issues of coastal and ocean management.    


The Ocean Governance content covers 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. 


Formal accreditation by the University of Malta


As from 2017, participants successfully completing all course material are eligible to receive transcripts from the University of Malta equivalent to 15 ECTS, or 5 ECTS per Study Unit achieved.  The course content is delivered in the form of 3 stand-alone Study-Units (GSC 5101, GSC 5102 and GSC 5103), which together make up the full Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic & Caspian Seas. 


Study-Unit Code

Study-Unit Title

ECTS value

Link to approved Study-Unit descriptions

GSC 5101

Global Ocean Governance Framework and Managing Our Relations with the Oceans


GSC 5102

Managing Marine Space and its Potential as an Economic Resource - Project Study


GSC 5103

Multilateral Diplomacy and International Rule-Making, and Regional Sea Governance Policy Simulation Exercise



 Training Programme Information:

  • Offered by IOI in Malta, Europe
  • Five-week residential programme offered annually since 2005 in November-December
  • Coverage of regional ocean governance issues with specific emphasis on the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas

For more information visit the IOI Malta website


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2023 Training Programme

The 18th edition of the annual 5-week Training Programme was successfully delivered by the IOI Malta Training Centre and the University of Malta, to a cohort of 16 participants with Prof Awni Behnam (Honorary President of the IOI) as Course Director, and Prof Alan Deidun, (Director IOI Malta Training Centre) as Course Manager, expertly aided by the course administration team comprised of Celine Farrugia and Marco Iannaccone. Read more... 

2022 Training Programme

The 17th edition of the annual five-week Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas held in Malta came to completion on 7th December 2022. As in previous years, the 2022 Malta Training Programme gave the participants the unique opportunity to obtain formal accreditation by the University of Malta for the academic content of the Course by completing and submitting the full Study Unit assessments. Successful achievement of the accredited Study Units was equivalent to 15 ECTS from the University of Malta, host institute of the IOI Malta Training Centre. Read more on our news blog.