February 22, 2017


New master's degree in 'blue biotechnologies' to be offered in French university


The Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling in the UK has announced that it is helping develop an innovative new master's degree to explore the benefits of biotechnology to health, nutrition and aquaculture industries.


The degree programme, which will be launched later this year, will address the skills gaps in the blue biotechnology sector.


It will be taught at the University of La Rochelle in France and will include an extended work placement with an industrial partner.


In a press release, the Institute of Aquaculture said students will receive the latest knowledge and practical training in blue biotechnology, including the exploration of marine organisms to develop new products.


Programme of transferable skills


In addition, participants will undertake a programme of transferable skills aimed to enhance employment prospects and ensure workplace readiness, such as communication, language and management skills, which are key to a successful career.


"This project brings together European partners from academia, business and the public sector to provide students with the knowledge and practical skills they need to secure employment in the growing biotechnology sector. It will identify and expand good practices from each partner and encourage mutual learning, thereby enhancing dialogue between industries and academics working across Europe in blue biotechnology", said Dr Andrew Desbois, lecturer of marine biotechnology at the University of Stirling and UK coordinator.


This public-private partnership led by the University of La Rochelle was awarded €668,000 (US$702,000) in EU co-funding. The partners include the University of Stirling, Xanthella Ltd (UK), the Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR; Portugal), Valencia Catholic University Saint Vincent Martyr (Spain), Valbiotis (France), Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (Belgium) and the University of La Rochelle's Apprenticeship Formation Unit and Lifelong Training and Employability Department.


More details can be had on Twitter (@BlueBiotech) or by emailing Dr Andrew Desbois at ad54@stir.ac.uk.

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