EMUNI Summer School 2018

Blue growth in the EU and the Euro-Mediterranean region

Online, 11 - 15 June 2018

Piran (face-to-face), 18 - 22 June 2018

Application deadline 9.4.2018

Blue economy has been the long-term strategy of the EU, aiming at sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors. It forms part of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Blue growth is based on the recognition of both the vulnerabilities of the seas and oceans, and their potential for growth. The new vision for the seas also came to be recognised by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), a regional international organisation consisting of all 28 countries of the EU plus 15 countries from South and Eastern Mediterranean. A sustainable development driven by blue economy is thus a shared vision for the Euro-Mediterranean area and of concern to both Northern and Southern Mediterranean countries.

The Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI) was established as one of six priorities of the UfM in 2008. The issue of blue growth has recently become one of the key areas of its strategic orientation. In November 2017, EMUNI organised a pilot raining course on blue growth for young professionals from the region.

Themes included

  • Blue growth in the EU and the Euro-Mediterranean region
  • The political context of blue growth
  • Blue growth sectors
  • Sustainable tourism paths
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Marine spatial planning
  • Maritime transport
  • Ship building and ship recycling
  • Blue energy
  • Bioprospecting
  • Deep sea exploration and mining

The study of blue growth crosses disciplines and lessons from governmental, private and non-governmental sectors.

Instructors will come from across the EU and the Euro-Mediterranean region, and will include staff from Slovenia.


  • 11-15 June: online classes and coaching on the individual task (32 hours)
  • 18-22 June: interactive methods of teaching and field visits (36 hours)
  • During the face-to-face session, each participant will present the conclusions of a task, on which he will work during the course


  • Online learning platform by EMUNI; participants should ensure that they can devote about 32 hours to distance learning in the week immediately prior to the face-to-face session.
  • Classes will take place in historical coastal town of Piran, Slovenia (Palace Trevisini, Kidričevo nabrežje 2) and field trips across the region


To apply for the Summer School, you must:

  • Have completed undergraduate programme, obtained at least 180 ECTS (or equivalent)
  • Be eligible to study at the postgraduate level
  • Have knowledge of English (level B2 or higher)
  • Have demonstrated an interest in the region and the theme

No prior knowledge of the Euro-Mediterranean studies is required. Students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds are admitted.


The participation to the summer school, including the entire programme, is free of charge.

EMUNI offers to cover accommodation in double rooms in the period 17-23 June (6 nights)

The participants are expected to organise their own transport to/from Piran and spend 5-15 eur per meal.


Application form is available here. It is a simple questionnarie, where we ask you about your educational background and the reasons for applying. An important part of the application is the statement of your motivation. Please prepare a short paragraph (max 4.000 characters) explaining your motivation to particiapate in the course that you will enter into the form.

If you need a visa to travel to Slovenia, it is very important that you email a scan of your passport to education@emuni.si (with the »Summer school - passport copy« in the subject line) as soon as you submit your application. Not sending the copy of your passport will result in delays that might endanger the visa process.

The application deadline is 9.4.2018 midnight. The applicants will be informed of their selection in the following week.

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Application deadline 9.4.2018


Historical coastal town of Piran, Slovenia (Palace Trevisini, Kidričevo nabrežje 2, 6330 Piran)