MyBlueCity is going digital | Interview #10 | MARRES
MARRES – The program that is shaping the new generation of blue professionals!
Ana Ferreira (BioMarine Community Manager)
With the ever increasing need for blue professionals with a transdisciplinary approach, and to make the most of the collaborative environment between Université Côte d’Azur and SKEMA Business School, MARRES program was created. With a unique strategy to provide their students with a systemic learning experience, this program is preparing a whole new generation of blue professionals!
We talked to Christophe Mocquet, co-director of the program, to know all the details about MARRES!
How MARRES is filling the gaps in the learning experience
Realizing that the learning experience in the Universities was based on an almost only scientific-based approach, with a clear lack of practical and market-oriented experience, Université Côte d’Azur became inspired to create a program that would tackle these gaps. As Christophe explained - “Just a small percentage of the students would actually become researchers, meaning that our learning experience was not preparing us for the job non-research market!”. Finally, leveraging on the partnerships between the laboratories of Université Côte d’Azur, SKEMA Business School and the growing blue entrepreneurial environment, Christophe and his colleagues created MARRES - a Master program in Science, Conservation & Valorization of Marine Resources that provides both fundamental and applied research skills, complemented with business and practical experience in the market.
How does MARRES strategy works ?
From year one, all students divide their weekly time between classes (from biodiversity studies, data analysis, biotechnology, entrepreneurship applied to marine resources and law of the sea) and an Immersion Project where they acquire practical market experience. This strategy, as Christophe explained, “allows the students to acquire a unique set of skills that prepares them for the job they want to pursue, while giving them visibility, facilitating their entrance in the market”. Another curious feature of the program is that “most of the students come from abroad, with different cultural and professional backgrounds. This promotes knowledge sharing and support among the students, as some subjects will be more challenging than others to some of them”.
The Immersion Projects in more detail
Since day one the students choose, from a diversified Catalog, a project they want to participate in. As Christophe explained - “The projects are designed in partnership with laboratories, startups, companies and NGOs from different places (Nice, Monaco, Marseille, Cannes, Philippines, Barbados, etc) and last for more than 2 years. This means that the projects are developed by different batches of students in a coaching mechanism. This guarantees not only the development of long-term and more ambitious projects, but also a more committed performance from both students and mentors”. Thus, during their internship of 4 to 6 months, the students are fully dedicated to their projects.
Other complementary features of MARRES
In MARRES, classes are taught by internal and external professors with scientific and/or industry experience, that come from the Université Côte d’Azur and other Universities – France, Belgium, Ireland, Canada. Also, regular talks are developed by experts from startups, companies and NGOs to launch business cases for the students to analyse and solve, but also with researchers. Finally, the students are challenged to take a professional certification to enrich their curriculum.
How is the program going and what are the future prospects
At the moment, Christophe shared with a clear sense of pride, that “We have been receiving amazing feedback from the students and the entities we are collaborating with some projects that the students are developing are really ground breaking and will allow the entities to give answer to non-urgent, but crucial, parts of their job, pushing them forward!”. Right now, they have around 30 students (half “residents” and half exchange students that stay during one semester).
A call to potential students and Entities for collaboration
Right now, applications to MARRES are opened until 15 June 2019 and can be done through their website HERE. Also, more information can be consulted through their insightful online videos or Facebook page! Finally, Christophe leaves a message for all entities that are interested in collaborating: “We are always looking for projects, startups, companies and NGOs to share their experience through talks, business cases or even to propose Immersion Projects, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re interested!”
Want to know more info about MARRES?
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