Tallinn University of Technology


The project SHIPMARTECH multiplier event organised by the University of the Aegean took place in Piraeus, in the Hellenic Maritime Museum on May 30, 2023 with several participants attending the event on the spot and online.
Dr Ioannis Dagkinis (UniAegean) and Mikloš Lakatoš (TalTech) presented the project and its results. Prof. Nikitas Nikitakos (UAegean) and Evanthia Antoniou, (IT Technical Education) introduced the concept of Maritime Education 4.0. Dr. Gregory Giovanof talked about education for marina’s management. The event ended with open discussion about the future of maritime education and brainstorming of new projects ideas.


The project’s multiplier event was held on August 25, 2023 at Viinistu Art Harbour after the annual vision seminar of the Association of Estonian Marine Industries on August 24.
The vision seminar was partially devoted to the issues of marine engineering education. Estonia's first marine technology master's program was introduced to the marine industry sector. In the group work, teams analysed the competencies needed in industry that a graduate of the Master's programme could have. The expectations of Estonian industry for university graduates were mapped and compared with previous studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Belfast (QUB).
The multiplier event concentrated on dissemination of the results of the SHIPMARTECH project. The project manager Tõnis Tõns and lecturer Mihhail Afanasjev gave an overview of the project and the marine engineering master's level courses developed or completed during it.  Mikloš Lakatoš demonstrated the MSc courses that he developed and shared experiences that he received through the project.
Posters introducing the courses developed in the project were displayed in the seminar room and project leaflets were shared. 
At the panel discussion moderated by prof. Mihkel Kõrgesaar (TalTech), professors Jani Romanoff (Aalto University, Finland), Roger Skjetne (Norwegian University of Technology), Viktor Senčila (Klaipeda University, Lithuania) and Fjodor Sergejev (TalTech) compared the marine engineering curricula of the Baltic and Nordic countries and talked about the developments and prospects of marine technology education in Europe. There was a discussion about whether master's level education should become narrower or broader. In addition, it was discussed how universities ensure that their master's programs correspond to the needs of the country's industry and how often this is evaluated. All participants agreed that the new master's program in marine engineering is an important step for Estonia - the maritime industry is a significant part of the Estonian economy and it helps train future specialists. The project SHIPMARTECH facilitated and supported the process of preparation and launching of the Master’s programme.
The day ended with group work, the goal of which was to get ideas for long-term marine engineering student projects that would provide opportunities for better motivation and involvement of students.