A new agreement between the State University of New York Maritime College and Svendborg International Maritime Academy (SIMAC) in Denmark is paving the way for student exchanges, faculty collaboration and programmatic partnerships between the institutions.

“The shipping industry is international by nature,” said Joseph Hoffman, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Maritime, in announcing the agreement Friday. “Developing these international partnerships gives students and faculty from both institutions a better understanding of how our industry works in different countries.”

A memorandum of agreement signed earlier in November does not stipulate how the joint ventures will be carried out, but demonstrates commitment between the schools, located in Throggs Neck, N.Y., and Svendborg, Denmark. SUNY Maritime also signed similar agreements this fall with the National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung, Taiwan, and the U.S. Marine Corps University of Distance Education and Training, based at Quantico, Va.

“The partnership provides the best possibilities for our students to create a career in a globalized maritime business through common activities and mutual exchange of knowledge and competencies,” said Jan Askholm, vice president for academic affairs at SIMAC.

Contributing Editor Kirk Moore was a reporter for the Asbury Park Press for over 30 years before joining WorkBoat in 2015. He wrote several award-winning stories on marine, environmental, coastal and military issues that helped drive federal and state government policy changes. He has also been an editor for WorkBoat’s sister publication, National Fisherman, for over 25 years. Moore was awarded the Online News Association 2011 Knight Award for Public Service for the “Barnegat Bay Under Stress,” 2010 series that led to the New Jersey state government’s restoration plan. He lives in West Creek, N.J.