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FarFish University level certificate programme in Marine Management and Innovation

Jensen, Daniel; Aschan, Michaela; Kochanska, Adrianna

This report contains an evaluation of the university-level certificate programme in "Marine Management and Innovation" (SVF-6013) that was developed and ran as part of the FarFish project. The programme was organised by University of Tromsø (UiT – The Arctic University of Norway) and ran from 9-13th March 2020. A total of 22 students from all across the world attended the programme onsite in Tromsø, and many more watched live streaming from the lectures. The lectures were also recorded and have been available at the FarFish website since then. Throughout the week, participants were trained on topics such as international ocean governance, traceability, value and supply chains, food safety and economics. The training consisted of lectures, group work, field trips and final thesis. Among the 29 participants attending the programme, eight took the exam to be able to receive the certificate, and they all passed. The project therefore reached its goal of graduating at least five participants from the programme.

The exams, essays with self-chosen topics, contribute to the programme's academic outcome, and with the permission from the respective essay authors, FarFish has publish a summary of six essays on the FarFish web page. The hope is that the essays will act as effective tools to make sure the programme has a learning impact beyond the course. Moreover, it is especially rewarding to know that one of the participants has already acknowledged major impact from taking the programme on his professional life. In a letter we received, the participant wrote about some exciting developments in his professional life, partly attributed to his participation in the FarFish programme.

The fact that the curriculum and the recorded lectures are now available enhances the impact of the programme, as these outputs will remain as tools for capacity building beyond the FarFish project.

Overall, the course evaluation revealed that most participants felt the programme taught interesting topics. Most were very satisfied with the course's overall content and quality, despite the sudden change of circumstances related to the COVID-19 restrictions. With this feedback in mind, FarFish is satisfied with how the programme turned out and the impacts it is making. The International Fisheries programme at UiT is now under revision and we wish to integrate some of the FarFish course and experience in the new programme in 2022.

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