We are ALMARS

Capacity building for Blue Growth and curriculum development of Marine Fishery in Albania

Enhancing the Marine Fishery industry in Albania

                       

What is ALMARS?

ALMARS is a three-year Erasmus+ capacity building project (Key Action 2) with a focus on Enhancing the Marine Fishery industry in Albania.

Coordinated by the University of Split, the project will responds to the increased demand in skilled personnel in the fishing industry in Albania by opening a professional Master Program in the field of marine fisheries.

ALMARS will also address the national priorities of enhancing university-enterprise cooperation (thus fostering graduates employability) and improving the quality of education in Albania by developing in the beneficiary universities the graduates’ platform, improving of educational supply and the matching of the demand for and supply of qualified labour in the Blue Growth sectors.

ALMARS runs from January 2019 until January 2022.

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Objectives
The development of a new joint professional Master Degree in Marine Fishery that will meet market needs
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Curriculum will provide students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills that are required by the labour market needs in that segment, which will have a positive impact on employability of students and matching of the demand for and supply of qualified labour in the Blue Growth sector. Furthermore, the new curriculum will offer more practice oriented opportunities than some previous study programmes, which will have a positive impact on the university-enterprise cooperation, opening door to new research opportunities and in general the exchange of knowledge and information among industry stakeholders and the academics. In long run, this can increase Albania’s competitiveness in marine fishery industry and internationalization of its products and know-how.

Enhancement of collaboration among Blue Growth stakeholders through the development of networking platform

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The creation of the networking platform which will unite all stakeholders active in marine fishery field, from education institutions, graduated students, private business and organizations, will further contribute to that since it will provide the stakeholders with opportunities for new partnerships, the exchange know-how, the access to most actual market information, trends, qualified staff and/or employment opportunities.

Improvement of maritime training centres which provide professional training to seafarers operating on fishing vessels.

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Improving the maritime training centre for professional seafarers operating on fishing vessels is another objective of the project since it allows us to penetrate and shape the marine fishery industry from another angle which is the field of exploitation and fishing. The current state of the training centres are not in accordance with IMO standards and EU legislation, for which reason currently trained seafarers do not own competences and skills which are recognized internationally and/or satisfy safety needs, environmental concerns or overall maritime security standards. Developing new basic and advanced courses for seafarers that are in accordance with IMO standards would have positive impact on environment protection, improving fishing and exploitation efficiency and international collaboration opportunities.

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ALMARS second project meeting in Tirana

ALMARS second project meeting in Tirana

ALMARS second project meeting took place in December 11-12, 2019 at the premises of Agricultural University of Tirana (AUT), Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, Albania. The meeting started with a welcoming and introduction of host institution by Prof. Dr. Bahri...

ALMARS project study visit in Split, Croatia

ALMARS project study visit in Split, Croatia

The Study Visit took place in Split on October 11-13, 2019 and it counted with the participation of ALMARS partners. During the visit all participants had the opportunity to get familiar with curriculum and teaching methods of graduate study Marine fisheries at...

Successful kick-off meeting held in Split, Croatia

Successful kick-off meeting held in Split, Croatia

Kick-Off meeting for ALMARS project was held at the Faculty of Maritime Studies of the University of Split, with the participation of all the partners of the consortium. For 36 months we will work to get the expected results for the benefit of scientific research....