June 20, 2020 - In the last decade, the Faculty of Maritime Studies of the University of Montenegro has implemented 40 national, bilateral, international, and economic projects.
The Vice Dean for Development and Innovation prof. Dr. Tatijana Dlabac says that the Faculty of Maritime Studies has been the coordinator or partner in project applications under regional and international programs, of which the most noteable are: TEMPUS, ERASMUS +, Interreg IPA, HERD, HERIC, and EUREKA.
"Within these projects, modern equipment has been successfully procured, including simulators for practical teaching, as well as laboratories, a computer center, and a Seafarers' Training Center, classrooms and other spaces necessary for continued scientific research work of teachers and associates," said Dlabac.
However, according to Dlabac, the successful implementation of these projects represents not only an advantage for the Faculty, but also for the development of society. One of these is the Erasmus + project Sustainable Development of Blue Economies through Higher Education and Innovation in the Western Balkans (BLUEWBC), which started in January this year. "This project should improve the current situation in the field of blue economies, innovation, and entrepreneurship through capacity building in higher education and connecting the academic community with the economy," said Dlabac.
In addition to this project, a project from the EUREKA program, four bilateral projects with Serbia, two bilateral projects with Slovenia, and one Interreg IPA project are underway. The start of the implementation of three more Interreg IPA cross-border projects is planned for July this year.
"We emphasize the excellent cooperation with project partners from Albania, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Norway, and Lithuania," said Dlabac.
She emphasises that, at this moment, it is essential to create an exciting, innovative, and dynamic environment that will attract as many young and talented students and motivate academic staff to get involved in the implementation of this and many other activities carried out at the Faculty and University.
"All our teachers and associates actively publish scientific papers in renowned journals, as well as at conferences that are primarily related to the maritime profession. It is good practice at our Faculty to share all information at meetings of teaching staff or in the form of notices that are displayed on the website of the Faculty after each established cooperation, participation in conferences, bilateral visits, etc. In this way, younger colleagues are informed of the various forms of scientific research work provided today by the University as a whole," states Dlabac.
The development of distance learning, lifelong and regular education of seafarers, organization of trainings for students and seafarers are in the constant focus of the Faculty of Maritime Studies in Kotor.
"At the Faculty of Maritime Studies in Kotor, intensive work is being done on the development of maritime education and training, which are an integral part of every sailor's career. "Our teachers and associates have been using the Moodle platform and additional resources for distance learning for many years, which was extremely important, primarily ensuring the regular work of students and teaching staff during the COVID-19 pandemic," says Dlabac.