The Maritime Institute is involved in various, mainly international, trainingprojects.


The Institute has a long standing tradition in organizing training projects with UNCTAD and the Ghent Port Authority. Several seminars on port marketing have succesfully been held in Ghent these last years. Additionally seminars on human resources in a port and maritime environment have been organized under the auspices of TRAINMAR.

2. Development projects

Since 1985 the Maritime Institute has been involved in development cooperation projects funded by the federal government. Links have been established with the University of Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. These links aim at local capacity building, the organisation of documentation centres and joint scientific research in the field of law of the sea, marine management and ocean policy.

3. Flemish Community

Some years ago a project on aquaculture and conservation of living marine resources has been executed together with the University of Cape town and the Rhodes University. Furthermore a project was initiated with the University of Economics in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Together with the Port of Ghent and the Academic Computer Center of the Ghent University a course on port management has been developed to be distributed by CD-ROM on a multimedia basis. Also the international cooperation project with the Dalian Maritime University (P.R. China) has resulted in the development of a multimedia course in port marketing (2001). In 1999 the Maritime Institute starts to participate in a partner programma with the "Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral" (ESPOL) in Guayaquil (Ecuador) aiming at the improvement of ESPOL's capacity to have an active participation in the national maritime transportation modernization. Finally a cooperation project on marine pollution by ships has been executed together with the Free University of Brussels and the University of Cape Town.


Student mobility and Intensive Programme in the subject areas International Law, Maritime Law and Public Administration (Prof. Dr. E Somers, co-ordinator)

Participating Universities:

  • Aarhus Universitet (DK),
  • Aristoteleio Panepistimio Thessaloniki (GR),
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL),
  • University of Wales College of Cardiff (UK),
  • Karl-Franzens Universität Graz (A),
  • University of Bergen (N),
  • University College of Örebro (S).
  • Universiteit Gent (B),
  • Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen (D),
  • Universidad de Valencia (E),
  • Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest (F);
  • Università degli studi di Genova (I),
  • Università degli studi di Parma (I);
  • University of Nottingham (UK),
  • Karl-Franzens Universität Graz (A),
  • University of Lapland, Rovaniemi (SF),
  • University of Bergen (N).
  • T.U. Varna (BUL)
  • ...

Furthermore Prof. dr. E. Somers co-ordinates a curriculum development programme 'European Masters Programme Development in International Law' for the Ghent University together with the Law University of Lithuania and the University of Wroclaw (Poland).


Under the EC Tempus programme the Maritime Institute acts as a partner in a project for the development of the faculties of law and management and economic strategic planning of the Free University of Varna (Bulgaria). Ecole supérieure de Commerce de Sfax/Université de Sfax pour le Sud (Tunesië).

6. Regional cooperation

Whithin the region of the Scheldt estuary, the Maritime Institute was a prominent partner within the former International Scheldt Faculty. ISF, a transboundary network organization based in Flushing (the Netherlands), has set up cooperation between industry and institutes of higher learning. The Maritime Institute has for instance been involved in the development of an European Master course on port management.