Programme of pilot implementation for coordination between Marine Academies and Universities

This document describes the built up cooperation project between the maritime academy of Antwerp (Hogere Zeevaaartschool) and the University of Bremen. The target group for such cooperation are all types of maritime knowledge institutions. Both universities and maritime academies can profit in a way since the aim is to reduce the gap that exists between them. An improved integration, cooperation and coordination can be achieved due to the guidelines presented throughout this deliverable.

During previous work we saw that over a quarter of all cooperation activities are of the mixed type. In combination 35% are with knowledge institutions, which is a combination of universities and maritime academies.  This means that a lot of cooperation activities are not with an exclusive institution or partner but with a group. When comparing the share of maritime academies and universities in the graph we see a tendency to favour cooperation with universities. We therefore constructed our pilot cooperation project specifically at a university/maritime academy cooperation since this is the most challenging to complete.

We will use the gap analysis and test the results obtained from starting the collaboration project in order to asses if the gap has closed (or grown) in any particular way. We also investigate the barriers mentioned in the previous work namely: too intense planning requirements, financial mismatches for students, financial pressure for knowledge institutions, a mismatch in course alignment, trust issues and the level of English (or requirement to provide English courses) of some partners. Each of these barriers and problems was met with an action point in order to reach the optimal situation. And match them with what we encountered in setting up this cooperation.

The project we started is of temporary nature (1 academic year at time of publication), invoke change (both partners will profit from the collaboration), is cross-functional (Antwerp Maritime Academy with University), is unique (not attempted before) and had to deal with a certain amount of uncertainty.

Following lessons had to be taken into consideration:


Solutions provided by the project

Cooperation in close geographical proximity is preferred

All cooperation takes place between Germany and Belgium with most of the activities being done by Belgian institutions

A win-win must be presented

Both institutions receive feedback and can use the project to their benefit

Exchanges of students often fail or are insufficient

No student exchanges are present (at the moment)

Money is always an issue

No financial input is required


Trust is important, competing institutions should be avoided

Both institutions aim at a different group of students so no overlap is present


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