This paper discusses the application of innovation tools and techniques to a training course for maritime and ocean professionals who are expected to contribute to sustainable development of their countries. In 2015, the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations (UN) to facilitate collaborative partnerships in achieving the prioritised areas of worldwide development by 2030. As a specialized UN university, the mandate of World Maritime University (WMU) is capacity building through education and research. However, there was a gap between their gained knowledge and its application to practice when the graduates go back to their countries. To bridge this gap, a training course was developed to teach how to transform their knowledge to practice and focus on practical methods for capacity building in developing countries. The training was designed to localise the SDGs and practising innovative thinking. Innovation tools and techniques were used during the workshops and the grouped students demonstrated their abilities of developing a project concept and identifying necessary resources to achieve their specific objectives. Audio-visual data were collected during the workshops and two focus groups were conducted after the training course. The paper concludes that innovation workshops have benefited the majority of participants in terms of internalising the global agenda and externalising the concept in its local contexts. The process of transforming knowledge to practice by using innovation tools and techniques reflects the idea of knowledge management. The course has proven the element of innovation as an important component to design such training.
Momoko Kitada, World Maritime University, Sweden
Johan Bolmsten, World Maritime University, Sweden
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