Students of maritime studies will have professional training practice at Croatian Register of Shipping (CRS)
In accordance with the Agreement of Cooperation signed between the University of Split – Faculty of Maritime Studies and Croatian Register of Shipping (CRS) as the teaching base, CRS appoints advisors who monitor students’ performance.
Maja Markovčić Kostelac, Damir Roje, Šimun Anđelinović and Nikola Račić after signing the Agreement of Cooperation between the Faculty of Maritime Studies in Split and CRS. Vojko Bašić/Hanza Media
Students of the University of Split – Faculty of Maritime Studies can now perform a part of their professional training practice at Croatian Register of Shipping (CRS) as one of their teaching bases. This has been settled by the Agreement of Cooperation signed by the Faculty of Maritime Studies, University of Split and CRS in the presence of Maja Markovčić Kostelac, State secretary at the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure.
This will improve the education of maritime students as well as the competitiveness of Croatian maritime resources at the demanding global market, says the State secretary. Congratulating the Faculty of Maritime Studies on making a major step forward by signing the agreement with CRS, she points out that Croatia’s government and the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure continue to support the education processes in the area of maritime affairs.
– We have been committed to raising the competitiveness of our seafarers and improving their working conditions. The state has been granting subsidies to the students of maritime high schools and faculties, subsidies to the assistants on board Croatian vessels, and the incentives for the employers. This is the way to assist our seafarers when entering the labour market – says the State secretary, adding that it is essential to go with the time and familiarise with emerging technologies and trends in automation that require new competencies year on year. She also announced a number of amendments to the Maritime Code to be discussed at Croatian Parliament next year.
Šimun Anđelinović, Rector of the University of Split, underlines that the agreement between the Faculty of Maritime Studies and Croatian Register of Shipping represents the continuation of the concept of establishing high-quality teaching bases whose aim is to enable students to acquire practical knowledge and skills/competencies.
– This is about creating good partnership relations, says the Rector, and I am pleased to see the Ministry supporting the maritime sector development. I am also glad to see that the people at the University have realised that we cannot remain behind academic doors – it is essential to cooperate with the industries, through research and otherwise. Students deserve to have practical training and an opportunity to acquire practical know-how under best possible mentoring.
Nikola Račić, Dean of the Faculty of Maritime Studies in Split, points out that, in addition to CRS, the Faculty has established teaching bases with Jadroplov Shipping Co. Ltd. and other companies in the maritime industry. He asserts that the maritime study programme improvements directly contribute to the development of Croatia’s economy.
– According to this Agreement, CRS mentors will design tasks to be carried out by students and their performance will be carefully surveyed. It is a controlled process, integrated with the study programs, which really adds a particular quality to the education, concludes Mr. Račić. – Under the supervision of their advisors, students acquire working practice and take full responsibility for completing the assignments.
Damir Roje of Croatian Register of Shipping says that, in return for acting as a teaching base, his company will benefit from the partnership with the Faculty of Maritime Studies in line with the international regulations on research and development. – We have the social responsibility to familiarise students with practical issues and with part of the activities performed by CRS.
After signing the Agreement, the State secretary made a tour of the new premises of the Faculty of Maritime Studies on the University Campus, including the training facilities and the cutting-edge nautical and marine engine simulators.