Prof. dr. Artūras Razbadauskas, Rector of Klaipėda University, and Gražina Skunčikienė, Director of Klaipėda Cadet School, signed an official agreement to together raise the young generation and educate it in the spirit of the sea.
“If we are talking about Lithuania as a maritime state and we want it to grow and strengthen, the relationship with the maritime school is very important to us. It is important for the university to have the young people, matured there, later stay in the port city and choose our maritime study programes. We will not create a maritime state by mere speaking, we must all work actively”, said Artūras Razbadauskas, Rector of KU, before signing the cooperation agreement.
Gražina Skunčikienė, the head of the Cadet School, also emphasised the importance of cooperation between the two education institutions: “This agreement will be an encouragement and support for our young school. It is very important for our children to have the opportunity to use using the resources possessed by the University – to test themselves in internships on ships and to gain knowledge from Klaipėda University teachers ”.
The cooperation agreement has been concluded for 2 years. It provides for the University community’s contribution to the maritime cadet events held at school: seminars, conferences, joint participation in projects of mutual interest, summer internships for pupils on KU vessels Brabander and Odyssey, and others.
Dr. Rima Mickevičienė, Dean of the Faculty of Marine Engineering and Natural Sciences of KU, who participated in the ceremony, pointed out that the maritime sector feel a shortage of young people who would associate their future with port activities and maritime businesses. In order to get pupils interested in study programmes of technical sciences, the University has already established university classes in two Klaipėda City gymnasiums, the mission of which is to encourage young people to stay in the port city. It is hoped that the current agreement will also become a bridge connecting the communities of the two education institutions.