One of the main aims of ERASMUS projects is the establishment of collaborations between different countries and different institutions within the European Union. These projects include both the industry, education and the public in general. One such project is the Aqua-view project (“Future proofing a common and transparent Vital European learning and Workforce platform for sustainable AQUAculture practices”; Project Code: 2019-1-NL01-KA202-060275). This is a three-year project which was initiated in October 2019 and which is a collaborative project between eight partners from seven different European Union countries specifically, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Italy and Malta. The Centre for Agriculture, Aquatics and Animal Sciences within MCAST’s Institute of Applied Sciences is the representative partner for the Maltese Islands.
The ERASMUS partners who are participating in this project hail primarily from aquaculture or applied sciences vocational colleges or universities. Their aim is to design professional profiles at EQF level 4 and level 5 as well as international units which may be followed by EQF level 4 and level 5 students. The project will also create six short-term courses for lifelong learning aimed at professionals in the aquaculture sector. These units will not only offer the knowledge and competences attributed to the specific area of aquaculture, but will also allow for student mobility and hence, the expertise of different professionals within the sector will be exploited better. The project is now entering its final year and will be completed by December 2022.