This week, the Faculty of Maritime Studies Kotor of the University of Montenegro organized a two-
day training on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) practices in the blue economy for students,
academics and representatives of relevant economic entities within the Erasmus + project entitled
"Sustainable development of Blue economies through higher education and innovation in Western
Balkan Countries - BLUEWBC".
In order to improve the blue economy based on innovation and entrepreneurship, Montenegro needs to work on connecting and exchanging positive experiences and practices with countries in the region and the European Union. The key factors for achieving the set goals are the change of existing and development of new subjects in undergraduate and master studies, and the creation of an interesting, innovative and dynamic environment in the field of maritime affairs, all with the aim of attracting as many young and talented students and motivating academic staff.
An info session and a press conference were held on Thursday (April 28th, 2022), when the equipment that is an integral part of the Center for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship was presented. The event was attended by over 70 participants, including several representatives of state institutions and relevant economic entities from Montenegro, representatives of partner institutions from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), University of Vlora "Ismail Qemali", Faculty of Economy of the University of Tirana, Faculty of Maritime Studies University of Split, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Ocean Training Center AS NTNU, Chamber of Economy of Montenegro, General Maritime Directorate Durres, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center "Tehnopolis", students and academic staff from the Faculty of Maritime Studies Kotor and the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management of the University of Montenegro.
By January 2023, additional trainings and "A Week of BLUE Hackathon" are planned to be held at the Faculty of Maritime Studies Kotor. It will connect academic staff, students and relevant actors from the economy, representatives of startups and spin-off companies involved in innovative approaches and entrepreneurial business, in joint activities of sustainable blue economy, illustration, design, innovation, entrepreneurship, 3D animation, etc.
After the training, the attendees were awarded with a certificate by the side of the BLUEWBC project coordinator, Mr. Arnfinn Oksavik from NTNU and the project manager on behalf of the University of Montenegro, Prof. Dr. Danilo Nikolic.