The students of both universities, accompanied by their teachers, have an experience of education in sustainability that consists mainly of an inter-university, multidisciplinary and multilingual intensive training itinerary in which they develop transversal skills for sustainability and employability by getting involved in challenges proposed by social agents of the Basque-Aquitaine cross-border coastline

The Ocean i3 training pathway uses active learning methodologies in such a way that students in teams:

a) jointly define the scope of the challenge/problem,

b) design achievable, specific and measurable proposals in a collective and interdisciplinary way, and

c) deliver results (action plans, studies, prototypes, interventions, etc.) agreed with the regional stakeholders  involved in the challenges.


In response to an annual call for challenges, social agents propose real problems linked to plastic pollution of the ocean and coastline, which they identify in the form of a challenge.

Students from the two universities form working teams for each challenge, and participate in a cycle of five cross-border workshops in which they work synchronously and with collaborative methodologies to develop proposals and contributions to the challenges posed.

They also work asynchronously using innovative digital platforms such as Oktonine, Gather and other virtual tools and applications (Mentimeter, Miro, Mural…) suitable for collaborative work and project development.

The methodology defined is associated with a catalogue of competences that students acquire as they carry out the collective and individual work tasks proposed throughout the cycle.


A cycle of 5 compulsory workshops allows participants to meet in order to collaborate, contrast and build. Multidisciplinary, multicultural and multilingual groups are created, working together, looking for solutions to the proposed problems and understanding each other, overcoming borders and always expressing themselves in the language in which they feel most comfortable.

1º workshop


This takes place at the beginning of the year (January/February). The stakeholders propose challenges, the students choose a challenge and teams are formed around these proposed challenges.



2º workshop


The university community meets in groups formed by challenge and in a multidisciplinary way to prepare a prototype of a collective project......



3º workshop


The students present the prototype and receive feedback and contributions from the stakeholder. This contrast allows the project to be fine-tuned and adjusted to real needs.


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4º workshop


Teachers and students meet to finalise the elaboration of the final proposal (or product).



5º workshop


The course closes with the final presentation of all the collective projects to the Ocean i3 community and to the public interested in participating




The dimension of multilingualism and interculturality is incorporated transversally in all activities. It is supported by an expert research team that carries out observation and accompaniment focused on a 'language use awareness' approach and activation of communication resources that go beyond language. It works in laboratory mode to define guidelines adapted to the complexity of the project (inter-institutional, intercultural, multilingual, international) with the aim of transferring them to other projects on the Bordeaux-Euskampus Campus.

The DREAM research group together with Euskampus has produced a document summarising a tentative language policy for the Ocean i3 community ‘Language Policy’, which aims to help maintain the linguistic diversity of the community, explaining the main reasons for the implementation of this Language Policy. It is therefore a protocol for interculturality and multilingualism in the Ocean i3 cross-border community. 


In order to preserve and promote linguistic diversity in the Ocean i3 project, we believe it is necessary to develop an appropriate language policy that helps to maintain linguistic diversity and at the same time encourages the use of the four languages (Basque, French, Spanish and English) in an appropriate way. Such a language policy provides participants with a set of ground rules to help them decide which language to use at any given time, while at the same time giving everyone the possibility to express themselves in the language of their choice. Moreover, this language policy plays an important role in enabling participants to assert their linguistic identities without encroaching on those of others, but rather enriching each other. 

– To encourage and promote linguistic diversity

–  To create linguistic awareness among participants in order to foster social cohesion based on tolerance of linguistic diversity and linguistically sensitive cross-border collaboration

To protect and promote the use of Basque as a minority language

 This practical guide provides participants with a set of rules, materials and tools to help maintain a multilingual approach during the different moments of the community sessions.

In turn, students from the French for Specific Purposes course of the UPV/EHU’s French Philology Degree are participating in the project by developing teaching units and learning resources adapted to the topics and needs of Ocean i3 and which help to improve the level of French of non-French speakers.



At the beginning of each cycle, a CALL FOR INTERNSHIPS is published, which allows the entities to address the public of both universities and the teaching staff to direct the offers to students from different subjects.

The main objective of the internships carried out by the students in different entities is to introduce them to real situations in order to develop skills linked to the demand of the blue economy of the cross-border coast and at the same time, to promote knowledge-based employment opportunities. 

The match between the training offer and the demand for skills in the blue economy sector is developed on the basis of the approach we call ‘ONGOING blue SKILLS’ which includes:

  • Development of real projects as a basis for the learning-employability relationship: with research-based learning projects at the heart of the university-industry relationship, we aim to jointly discover the required skills and, at the same time, promote knowledge-based employment opportunities.
  • Observation of the processes to identify and promote ’employable’ blue skills: we accompany the whole process with a teaching and research team (International Team of Pedagogical Innovation PIE) that is observing and systematising the competences that are activated or that can be activated in the framework of this project, lines of research or territorial challenges proposed by the stakeholders and internship opportunities, i.e. positioning universities as active agents in shaping the employability of our territory.
The OKTONINE platform allows structuring a bank of challenges and a bank of visible and operational internships for the dissemination of information and professional opportunities of the cross-border blue economy, which in turn are disseminated on the EGTC EMPLEO PORTAL – AEN.