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International Programs and Projects

The University carries out international scientific educational activity. The Office for Education of Foreign Students (OEFS) welcomes foreign full-time students and postgraduate students to Admiral Makarov SUMIS for joining the programs of higher professional education; postgraduate research study; professional development programs; secondary-level vocational training. A pre-study course of Russian language is also available for foreign students.

Presently, over 600 foreign students and cadets from 39 countries are enrolled at Admiral Makarov SUMIS. The University also participates in international scientific, cultural and educational events. One of the University goals for the coming years is to increase the enrolment of foreign students in compliance with the modern demand for various educational programs.

The International Cooperation Department carries out regular activity on the arranging of international and national conferences and seminars related to the maritime industry, education and science. The Department of International Cooperation also assists other departments of the University to carry out international activity. The following international scientific events were carried out by the University recently: the Conference "Development of navigation along the inland waterways of Russia" (2012), the Workshop "Energy efficiency of a Ship" (2012), Russian-Danish Seminar on Arctic Shipping (2013), Russian-Dutch Conference "Strategy of Inland Water Transport Development" (2013), Panel discussion "Transport education: innovations, priorities and directions of development" (2013), International Youth Science Environmental Forum of Baltic Region Countries "ECOBALTICA - 2013", IMO Workshop on Anti-Fouling Systems Convention (2013), Conferense of the Shipping Industry within the Transport Week “Science, Education and Business – the aquarium partnership and development” (2014), International Conference “Maritime education and training: Perspectives and challenges of the 21st century” (2015), the Transport week (2015).

The above listed events have attracted high number of Russian and foreign scientists and experts of the shipping industry, as well as the students and the post graduate research students who only begin their scientific activity. The University continuously expands its foreign partnership with educational institutions, as well as with private, state and public organizations. The University has contracts with a number of classification societies, educational foundations (ABS, Lloyds Register) and shipping companies (Sovcomflot) and thus takes part in their scholarship programs for the students and cadets.

One of the University goals is the enhancement of the academic mobility of its students, cadets and academic staff. It provides opportunities for the students and the academic staff to study and get advanced practical training, within the set periods, at foreign universities and organizations. To achieve such cooperation, the University establishes contractual relationships and develops joint training programs, including Double Degree Programs with foreign partner-organizations. The most advanced students with fluent English and other foreign languages can be provided with an opportunity for a semester or a yearlong study at a foreign partner University in compliance with a joint educational program.

Department of International Cooperation, jointly with the European Center of Training and Education Practice cooperates with foreign shipping companies in the field of practical training marine specialists (On Board Training - OBT). OBT of the cadets is an integral part of their education on navigation, ship engineering and other ship operation majors. On the basis of contractual relations with shipping companies up to 100 students annually have their OBT on ships of foreign companies, such as Stena (Sweden), Boskalis (Netherlands), Nor-Gaz (Norway), Wessels (Germany) and other ones.

Besides that, Admiral Makarov SUMIS executes international OBT Project of Global On Board Training by IMO. Dozens of cadets from foreign universities, maritime academies and colleges annually receive the opportunity to join the sail training ship "Mir" thus composing a truly multinational and multicultural crew of young seafarers.

Since 2012 there is a center of Fund “Russian World” functioning on board the STS “Mir” to promote Russian language and culture. Thus the cultural and international educational mission of the ship is being executed in foreign ports of call. The Center welcomes foreign guests as well as Russian people living abroad.

The Department of International Cooperation also provides short-term programs of advanced professional training on Sea and Port Management for the specialists of the shipping industry from Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Turkey, Israel and other countries. The course is lectured by the best experts of the industry who are members of the University academic staff as well as the colleagues from other higher educational institutions and enterprises of Saint-Petersburg.