The 2012 MedOpen Advanced Course on the ICZM Process, intended in the first place for the PEGASO partners, has been concluded. During the 13 weeks of the Course, the participants were acquainted with the ICZM in general but in more detail with the ICZM Process being crucial for the implementation of pilot projects in the PEGASO CASES.
The overall work of the candidates was assessed by taking into account their participation in the Forum discussions and Simulation Game, as well as their Final Essays. The Forum received a very high “viewing” level - over 3,700 hits to just 13 topics from the registered subscribers of students and lecturers, indicating a very high level of readership by the 35 students. The quality of discussion was generally high, with a number of particularly challenging posts. The Simulation Game exercise was successful with a very minority of students in the group due to, among others, work load and pace being perhaps above average for a part-time course for professionals. The Final Essays, mostly based on the local case studies, were prepared by 12 candidates in total. This was a good average when compared with previous MedOpen Advanced runs. Also, the subjects for the Final Essays were excellently chosen. A number of 15 candidates in total have successfully completed the MedOpen Advanced Course.
PAP/RAC will take advantage of the experiences gained in this-year Advanced Course for the improvement of the future MedOpen editions, including, among others, keeping the communication with the Advanced Course certified candidates alive, as well as ensuring a common place for exchange of experience through the creation of a MedOpen alumni network within the PAP/RAC website.