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


7 November - 7th December; DEADLINE 31 AUGUST 2022 - APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED 

The IOI Malta Training Course is back with a bang! Although the COVID pandemic did not shut down ocean governance training opportunities offered by the IOI Malta Training Centre, the online/virtual option was the only feasible one during the previous two challenging years. The IOI Malta Training Course on Regional Ocean Governance, an accredited course equivalent to 15 ECTS, will be offered once again in person, jointly by the IOI and the University of Malta, as from next autumn (7th November-7th December 2022)


Interested? Read more about the programme and apply, below, before the deadline 31st of August.

IOI Malta Training Programme Nov - Dec 2022 FLYER
FLYER Malta Training 2022.pdf
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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 35 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 will be eligible to receive transcripts from the University of Malta equivalent to 15 ECTS, or 5 ECTS per Study Unit achieved.  The course content shall be 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 about the IOI Malta Training Programme click here:


2021 Training Programme

In 2021, the IOI Malta Training Course on Regional Ocean Governance was  offered in a hybrid format. The first Course Study-Unit (GSC 5101) was offered remotely over the 22nd February - 4th June 2021 period to registered participants, whilst the remaining Course Study-Units (GSC 5102 and GSC 5103) were physically delivered in Malta in November-December 2021. Only participants who had successfully followed the first GSC 5101 component  followed the subsequent two course components in autumn 2021. 




Above: The IOI Malta Training Programme Class of 2019, IOI Faculty, and Special Seminar Speakers. Photo Credit: IOI HQ
Above: The IOI Malta Training Programme Class of 2019, IOI Faculty, and Special Seminar Speakers. Photo Credit: IOI HQ

2019 Training Programme 


The 15th edition of the annual five-week Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas held in Malta from the 4th November to the 6th December was inaugurated through a ceremony presided over by Awni Behnam, Antonella Vassallo and Alan Deidun. The keynote speech was delivered by Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. A video message by UN Special Envoy for the Ocean Ambassador Peter Thomson and a briefing by University Pro-Rector Godfrey Baldacchino followed. Other distinguished guests at the ceremony included the German Ambassador to Malta His Excellency Walter Haßmann, representatives from the Egyptian Embassy and Francesca Gatt from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP). The German government actively supports the IOI Malta Training Course through DAAD (the German Academic Exchange Service). 


During the opening ceremony a special video message created with the help of past IOI alumni was also launched, giving a small glimpse to the participants of the opportunities that they too may have once they complete an IOI Training Programme. You can see the video by following this link


The successful delivery of the Training Programme has been reported in the IOInforma News Bulletin 0120 (January) which can be downloaded below.


IOInforma 0120 (January).pdf
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