The Commonwealth of Learning, in collaboration with the University of Seychelles’ James Michel Blue Economy Research Institute, is offering a free online course on the Blue Economy. The course, titled “Understanding the Blue Economy,” is aimed at individuals new to the concept and has six units:

  • Unit 1: The Blue Economy: An emerging concept
  • Unit 2: Ecosystem Services
  • Unit 3: Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Unit 4: Emerging High Technology Sectors
  • Unit 5: Tourism
  • Unit 6: Maritime Transportation and Services

The course will focus on developing new and improved sustainable business models related to the use of coastal and ocean resources. It fits well with Goal 14 of the Sustainable Development Goals which aspires to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.

The course is flexible, free and will be run by the University of Seychelles, starting on 10 July 2017. Depending on a learner’s weekly commitment, they will be able to complete the course between 8 to 10 weeks.

Please contact John Lesperance at and Eugenie Khani at for registration. The deadline for registration is 5 July 2017.

Access to the Commonwealth of Learning website

Access to VUSSC resources (Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth)