The Faculty of Maritime Studies in Split was founded in 1959. Originally, it began its activities as Maritime College, while since 2004 it has been functioning as the Faculty of Maritime Studies of the University of Split.
In the course of its development, the path was not always smooth. Several studies have been developed which have been recognised on the labour market both in Croatia and worldwide. The students of the Nautical department, Marine engineering, and Marine electrical engineering and information technologies have been recognised as professionals easily finding work opportunities on shore and on board vessels. In this undertaking we are helped by our students cherishing their love of the sea, teachers with the appropriate scientific-teaching titles, but also our partners from Croatia and abroad recruiting our students.
The students of Marine yacht and marina technologies as well as those of Maritime management are oriented towards maritime industry, i.e. maritime market and nautical tourism. Through EU projects, we have recognised their qualifications for the Croatian and EU labour market.
Education at the Faculty is carried out at undergraduate and graduate levels. Since 2019 we have also begun to deliver postgraduate study. In the process of education teachers in the scientific-teaching and vocational titles (officer ranks), lecturers from economy, profession, as well as colleagues from abroad take part.
Included into the education process are our students, ex-students (Alumni) and clients (teaching bases) who help us update our programmes in accordance with the latest trends in maritime affairs. Teaching is carried out using modern equipment consisting of simulators, didactic equipment, well-equipped library, computers for CBT, and video material and e-learning facilities. Teaching also takes place on board school ships, sailboats, Faculty laboratories, workshops exterior to the Faculty, etc.
Due to successful education of maritime personnel, we have been recognised by the Japanese system of education and training in maritime affairs (Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Traffic of Japan and Japanese Shipowner Association).
Our education process has been recognised by the international Accreditation Committee of the Agency for Science and Higher Education –AZVO.
Our training and education of seafarers is aligned with the requirements of the Ministry of the Sea, Traffic and Infrastructure, and in compliance with the requirement we have developed the quality management system ISO 9001.
We are members of IAMU (International Association of Maritime Universities) with whom we have aligned our curricula.
Due to our experience in the education of high-quality maritime personnel, the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatia has entrusted us with initiation in 2018 of the education of cadets for the Croatian Army, Coastguard of the Republic of Croatia, Ministry of the Interior, and NATO partners of the Republic of Croatia. The cadets are educated at the integrated studies of naval nautical studies and naval marine engineering.
Our scientific research work is disseminated through our international scientific conference IMSC - International Maritime Science Conference, and international scientific journal ToMS - Transactions on Maritime Science. The scientific research work is carried out within projects tendered by the European Union, projects by the Republic of Croatia, and internal projects.
Teaching at the Faculty is delivered in Croatian and responding to the needs of the Erasmus students in the English language. Starting with 2020, we are planning to initiate teaching in English.
The Faculty of Maritime Studies has its facilities within the University campus which is alive day and night due to students' activities. Besides the University library, the Campus includes student accommodation for students and visiting professors, cafés, ATM, student restaurants, chapel, gym, parking lot, counselling, etc.
I recommend studying at the Faculty to all those who intend to live for the sea and from the sea. Maritime professions have to be loved.
Assist. Prof. Pero Vidan, Ph. D.