BLUE KEP (BLUE Knowledge Exchange Program and integration of education systems in the cross border area) is a cooperation project, financed by Interreg Italy Croatia Programme 2014- 2020 and leaded by the Italian partner Informest.

The Adriatic Ionian Euroregion is mainly responsible for the communication and for ensuring the outputs transferability in the macro-regional area. Five Italian and Croatian members of the Euroregion are involved as partner in the project.

Short description of the project

Title and Acronym: BLUE KEP – BLUE Knowledge Exchange Program and integration of education systems

Programme: Interreg Italy-Croatia, call for proposal 2017 Standard+

Priority Axis: Blue innovation – Sub-objective: 1.1 – Enhance the framework conditions for innovation in the relevant sectors of the blue economy within the cooperation area

Lead partner: Informest (LP)

Partners: Adriatic Ionian Euroregion (PP1), Marche Region (PP2), Region of Istria (PP3), Public Institution Development Agency of Šibenik Knin County (PP4), Public Institution RERA SD for Coordination and Development of Split Dalmatia County (PP5)

Project length: 21 months (01/01/2018 – 30/09/2019)

Total Budget: 921.134 Euro

EU co-financing: 85% of total budget


The topic of BLUE KEP is the Blue economy and its value chain (Nautical, shipbuilding, and maritime technologies). The project aims at enhancing the framework conditions for innovation in nautical and maritime sectors within the cooperation area, by strengthening integration of education systems in the cross-border area through the harmonization of the technical education systems.

This goal will be achieved through standardization of school curricula and methods for assessment and recognition of educational and professional knowledge of students. The project will produce cooperation agreements, teachers exchanges, student mobility and training programs that will not only provide students with valuable educational and professional experience, but they will also contribute to provide companies with future specialized labour force.

The added value of the project’s cross border approach stems from the exchange of good practices among different education systems in Italy and Croatia which will be achieved through the strict cooperation among involved actors.
BLUE KEP will have a strong involvement of nautical and technical institutes as the main recipient of the project. Students will participate in traineeships and mobility exchanges.


Main outputs are teachers’ exchanges, durable cooperation agreements among schools, training programmes among schools and companies, students’ mobility, 3 international modules and students’ common assessment tool.

Outputs transferability will be ensured by involving education ministries and by the involvement of the Adriatic Ionian Euroregion (AIE) which has experience in capitalization and dissemination of practices and policies aimed at the replicability and transferability of project’s results. Moreover, outputs and results achieved in BLUE KEP are tailored for technical schools in maritime/ship sector, but can be easily fine-tuned for other educational fields such as tourism, hospitality and catering training schools.

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Bluekep Key Figures: Blue Kep project postcards and contents