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.