Oceanograf UG – strong support the University of Gdańsk for the European University of the Seas – SEA-EU

Research Ship “Oceanograph” is a strong support of the the European University of the Seas – SEA-EU – says prof. Anna Jurkowska-Zeidler, Vice-Rector for International Cooperation, the University of Gdańsk.

The Baltic Sea and Space Cluster is a partner of SEA EU – informed Prof. Marek Grzybowski, President of the Board, Baltic Sea and Space Cluster, Coordinator of the Maritime Jornalist Club.

The ship was built mainly for teaching and research purposes and it will perform this role during the cruise with students and scientists of SEA EU – says Dr Mirosław Czapiewski from the University of Gdańsk. The double-hull structure of the ship (catamaran) is prepared for specialized research of the marine environment: biological, chemical, physical and geological.

– Thanks to advanced technologies, Oceanograf enables researchers from the University of Gdańsk to carry out various types of projects related to maritime economy or sea research – says Prof. Arnold Kłonczyński, Vice-Rector for Students and Education Quality, the University of Gdańsk.

The ship is equipped with a number of hydroacoustic devices, such as multi-beam echosounder, side sonar or an underwater navigation system – informs Dr. Jakub Idczak, marine hydrographer from the Faculty of Oceanography at the University of Gdańsk.

During the cruise with journalists, the professors widely presented the capabilities of the ship and the research carried out at the scientific station in Hel. The purpose of the cruise is to inform journalists about the research fields and fields of study implemented by the University of Gdańsk as part of the Fahrenheit Universities Association and international programs, as SEA EU – said Dr. Magdalena Nieczuja-Goniszewska, Press Spokesman, Head of the Press Team.

Pomerania’s three strongest universities have joined forces to form the Daniel Fahrenheit Universities Association in Gdańsk (FarU) in 2020. Its most important task is to identify and prepare to make the best use of the resources and potential of the Medical University of Gdańsk, the Technical University of Gdańsk and the University of Gdańsk in the scientific, research, teaching, organisational and development areas.

SEA-EU will encourage excellence in research to gain more knowledge and a better understanding and management of the marine environment. It will assist in building the human resources and skills necessary to match the needs of the evolving marine and maritime sectors, now and in the foreseeable future. It will provide and improve tools and techniques to measure and anticipate ocean based and driven impacts. It will build frameworks for more effective ocean governance. And it will empower societies and communities to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for the oceans.

Key deliverables and activities
• Generate new management and operational structures required for the joint governance of SEA-EU.
• Remove academic barriers to credit recognition and develop a protocol for joint SEA-EU programmes at all educational levels, leading to the award of recognised joint degrees, and starting with marine and maritime issues.
• Increase in both virtual/digital and physical mobility across the 6 universities of the Alliance.
• Increase options for teaching study-units and courses offered in the English language and at least in one other (non-native) language across the SEA-EU community.
• Craft and approve a longer-term, joint strategy for education and training with links to research and innovation, and to society.

More info: Oceanograf UG.