SustainaBlue - HEIS stands for Higher Education Institutes

Project Overview

Our project is dedicated to empowering Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Malaysia and Indonesia by enhancing their alignment with the labor market and societal needs. By fostering a sustainable blue economy and promoting a green transition, we aim to create a lasting impact on these regions.

Key Activities

  • Strengthening Teaching Staff Skills: Improving HEI teaching staff's expertise in blue skills curriculum and teaching methods.
  • Enhancing Stakeholder Cooperation: Building HEI staff capacity to engage and collaborate effectively with various stakeholders.
  • Promoting HEI-Industry Cooperation: Bridging the gap between HEIs and industries to address skill mismatches and promote relevant education.
  • Modernizing Academic Offerings: Updating HEI academic programs to align with the demands of the blue economy.
  • Transferring Research to Communities: Ensuring that HEI research benefits coastal communities through practical applications.
  • Improving Student Skills: Equipping students with the necessary skills for employment in the blue economy.
  • Reskilling and Upskilling Workers: Providing opportunities for blue industry workers to reskill or upskill for better career prospects.
  • Raising Awareness: Increasing awareness about sustainable blue careers and opportunities, particularly among women.

Main Initiatives

  • Establishing Sustainable Blue Economy Centres: Creating centers and networks for collaboration between HEIs, blue industries, and other stakeholders.
  • Analyzing Skills Needs: Conducting thorough analyses to identify the skills required in sectors related to the sustainable blue economy.
  • Developing a Regional Blue & Green Acceleration Platform: Operating a platform to accelerate the blue and green transition through innovative solutions and collaborations.
  • Capacity Building for HEI Staff: Providing comprehensive training and development programs for HEI staff to enhance their capabilities.
  • Developing and Piloting New Courses: Creating and testing new courses focused on high-demand blue skills to develop talent among students and the current workforce.
  • Facilitating Knowledge Transfer and Awareness: Promoting the understanding of sustainable blue economy opportunities through knowledge transfer and awareness programs for local communities and HEI students.


Impact and Benefits

By implementing these activities and initiatives, the project aims to:

  • Align HEI programs with labor market demands, ensuring graduates are equipped with relevant skills.
  • Foster collaboration between academia and industry, addressing skill mismatches and promoting innovation.
  • Enhance the capacity of HEI staff and students, preparing them for the challenges and opportunities of the blue economy.
  • Promote sustainable career paths, especially among underrepresented groups such as women, contributing to gender equality in the workforce.
  • Support coastal communities through the practical application of HEI research, driving socio-economic development.

Through these efforts, we are committed to driving a sustainable blue economy and green transition in Malaysia and Indonesia, creating a positive impact on society and the environment.


Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them. Project: 101129136 — SustainaBlue — ERASMUS-EDU-2023-CBHE

Duration: 01/12/2023 - 30/11/2026

Budget:  797.838,00 EUR