The Department of Marine Engineering of the Faculty of Marine Engineering and Natural Sciences, Klaipėda University, was set up in 2015 by merging the Departments of Shipping, Ship Engineering, and Construction and the Maritime Institute.
The new Department is continuing long-term academic traditions by preparing highly qualified engineering specialists for the maritime sector and developing science in the areas of marine engineering, maritime technologies, and construction engineering.
The Department of Marine Engineering offers first and second cycle study programmes which are unique in the national system of higher education: the programme of Sea Port Engineering (the most popular both in Lithuanian and English), Ship Engineering (in Lithuanian and English), Maritime Transport Energy Engineering (in Lithuanian), Fleet Technical Maintenance (in Lithuanian), Fleet Technical Operations Management (in Lithuanian), Ship Design and Building (in Lithuanian), Port Structures Engineering (in Lithuanian), and Port Management (in Lithuanian and English). In academic year 2016/2017, a unique for the Baltic Region LNG Terminal Engineering study programme was launched. The Department is also in charge of a popular study programme of Construction Engineeering (in Lithuanian).
The doctoral studies of Transport Engineering implemented in the Department are focused on the research in the “green” shipping and seaport development.
All the three-cycle study programmes are implemented by experienced academics boasting extensive experience of academic and practical activity and the researchers of the younger generation after the completion of the joint (Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Aleksandras Stulginskis University, and Klaipėda University) doctoral study programme of Transport Engineering, supervised by the Department. Among 50 staff members, there are 4 professors (including 3 dr. habil.),11 associate professors, and 5 doctoral students. The researchers of the Department participate in both national and international research and R&D projects and involve students in project activities, therefore graduates find it easy to adapt to the market of the fast developing transport technologies and to hold managerial positions
In response to the contemporary higher education development technologies and market demands, since academic year 2015/2016, a complex programme of curricula restructuring and improvement, infrastructural development, international cooperation promotion, and staff exchange has been carried out. The traditional teaching is replaced by an interactive process with more attractive content, where students learn by means of problem solution, research and testing in laboratories, visiting industrial enterprises, and discussions with practitioners and researchers. The development of social competences is supported by participation in the ERASMUS+ exchange or apprenticeship programmes when students leave for partial studies in a similar study programme or for international apprenticeship in various cultures and environments.
High quality academic training and the acquired practical engineering skills allow graduates to easily adapt to the fast developing transport technologies, to occupy executive positions in the professional field, and to become heads of structural subdivisions.
In response to the contemporary trends of the higher education development and seeking to make the studies even more popular and important for the market, in academic year 2016/2017, a complex programme of curricula restructuring and improvement, the strengthening of the infrastructure, the development of the international scientific and international relations, and the staff exchange shall be implemented.
A study programme of Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal Engineering
To ensure the supply of qualified engineers for the developing LNG sector, since 2016/2017, a new 1st cycle 3,5-year study programme Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal Engineering will be implemented at Klaipėda University.