The United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme (UNU-FTP) was established in 1998 through a tri-lateral agreement between the United Nations University, the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and the Marine Research Institute of Iceland (now Marine and Freshwater Research Institute).

The UNU-FTP operates in collaboration with academic institutions, private fishing companies, governmental institutions and research firms. Its Icelandic partner institutes, including the University of Iceland, Matís Food Research, the University of Akureyri, Holar University, as well as the MFRI, represent a diverse assortment of expertise in field of fisheries.

The UNU-FTP works with many international and regional bodies on strengthening institutional capacity in fisheries.

Six-month training programme

Each year, the UNU-FTP offers a 6-month training course in Iceland. The aim of this course is to strengthen the professional capacity of UNU-FTP Fellows to actively contribute to the work done in their organizations and to recognize development potential in their home countries.

The 6-month training course runs from September to February, and is divided into three parts; the introductory course, the specialization line, and the individual research project.

Short courses

The UNU-FTP offers financial and technical support to develop and deliver short courses in developing countries. Through the process of short course development, the UNU-FTP aims to enhance the capacity of our partner countries to deliver fisheries education at a local level.

UNU-FTP short courses are developed in partnership with in-country training agencies and academic institutions, former UNU-FTP fellows, and our partner agencies in Iceland. After the first iteration of the course, teachers in our partner institutions take over and deliver the course to ensure sustained positive impact.

UNU-FTP website

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