Developement Strategy for Gdynia Maritime University | Gdynia Maritime University


The presented hereby development strategy for Gdynia Maritime University strictly follows the principles of maritime policy laid down by the Republic of Poland for the period up to 2020 and the overall strategy for development of tertiary education in Poland up to 2020. It is also in accordance with the university mission: Gdynia Maritime University by conducting scientific research significantly enriches knowledge connected with the operation of technical systems in the maritime economy, and by educating students – prepares on the highest level future staff that can effectively cope with challenges of the present maritime transport and economy at home and overseas. In order to satisfy the needs of the region and the whole economy, Gdynia Maritime University shapes among their students attitudes of entrepreneurship and deep respect for the principles of sustainable development. Gdynia Maritime University is an advisory and opinion-forming organ in the matters concerning the maritime economy, maritime staff education and security of maritime transport. The most important values of Gdynia Maritime University are: truth and reliability in research and education, responsiveness of the educational process to the needs of practice, innovativeness and openness.

The priorities of the maritime economy of the Republic of Poland are among others: development of maritime education and maritime research. The documents of the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Maritime Economy state that: “The Republic of Poland has a rich tradition of staff education for the needs of the maritime economy as it has at its disposal the didactic base of the highest standards and because it prepares highly qualified staff for the needs of the maritime economy. Therefore, its ultimate aim is to become the leader in maritime education in Europe and to create the centre of maritime education. The Polish maritime educational system, maritime knowledge and maritime research constitute the basis for development of human resources for the maritime economy and businesses connected with it.  One of the deliverables of the maritime policy is to increase attractiveness of the jobs in the maritime economy by defining precisely opportunities for professional development of young people who anticipate employment in this sector of economy in the future.”

 According to the principles of the strategy Europe 2020, universities should undertake all possible activities to reduce unemployment among young people, to increase accessibility of vocational practices,  to adapt the educational system for  the needs of the job market and, finally, to raise the quality of education.

The strategy for development of tertiary education in Poland up to 2020, as the fundamental aim and at the same time the strategic effect, assumes a significant rise in quality in all the areas, in which universities operate. This fundamental aim has to be accomplished by realizing objectives that involve: versatility, openness, mobility, competitiveness, effectiveness and accountability as well as transparency in the activities undertaken by universities.



According to the aforementioned documents the strategic aims of Gdynia Maritime University are:


I. Education:

1. Developing the educational offer in such a way that every faculty can conduct studies structured according to all three cycles (I-cycle studies, II-cycle studies and doctoral studies).

2. Strengthening the position of Gdynia Maritime University as the leading European centre of educating and training maritime staff through improvement and development of the fields of studies and specializations related to the operation of technical systems in maritime transport and human activities at sea.

3. Adapting educational effects and curricula for the needs of local and global employers so as to maximize graduates opportunities in the job market.

4. Developing and maintaining a portfolio of postgraduate studies and specialist and vocational courses so as to satisfy the needs for professional development of people working in the area of maritime economy and giving them opportunities to learn all their life.

5. Raising quality and effectiveness of the educational process by wide use of techniques and technologies, including the Internet and mobile techniques and technologies.

6. Introducing procedures and processes that fully take into account and also respect students’ individuality and their needs for overall professional development as well as development of their personality and intellectual potential; also the needs concerning physical recreation, sport and tourism.

7. Educating students in the fields that prepare them to work at sea in compliance with the international standards confirmed by the appropriate certificates of maritime administration.

8. Internationalizing the educational process through the exchange of visiting professors from foreign partner universities; intensifying the exchange of students within the ERASMUS program and opening the university to foreign students.

9.  Improving the unique model of education, in which vocational practices on the university research training vessels, including the sailing vessel, for students of the fields preparing for work at sea, constitute the key element in acquiring skills as well as professional and social competences.

10. Establishing deep collaboration with ship owners and other businesses in order to create vast opportunities for GMU students to do their internships and vocational practices.


II.  Scientific research and development works:

1. Intensifying collaboration with the economy so as to increase significantly the university’s participation in knowledge transfer and implementation of new solutions by realizing scientific research works, research and development works, expertise and consultancy for the needs of business and administration.

2. Increasing considerably the participation of scientific research projects as well as research and development projects financed with the resources of NCN (National Science Centre), NCBiR (National Centre of Research and Development) and the European programs in relation to the resources obtained for statutory activities.

4. Intensifying scientific collaboration with universities, scientific research institutions and businesses by participating in scientific and developmental clusters and consortiums as the coordinator or partner.

5. Developing competences of Gdynia Maritime University as a collective expert on maritime transport security and on energy-saving, environmentally friendly operation of maritime technical systems.

6. Wider use of training vessels of Gdynia Maritime University, especially a training research vessel Horizon II (Horyzont II), in order to conduct scientific research within national and European projects.

7. Wider use of Ship Handling Research and Training Centre in Iława-Kamionka in order to conduct scientific research within projects that are financed with the national and European resources.


III. Development of didactic, scientific research and social infrastructure

1. Developing didactic and scientific research infrastructure of the university by modernizing and creating new laboratories, purchasing research equipment, simulators and devices which will rank our education and research on the highest world level.

2. Building a new didactic centre for the university.

3. Developing and modernizing social and sports infrastructure to meet more effectively the needs of employees and students, including the construction of a new modern student house and a sports centre.


IV. The system of management ensuring economic stability of the university.

1. Raising quality and effectiveness of the processes of managing the university through wide use of new techniques and technologies, including informative, Internet and mobile techniques and technologies, in the area of management.

2. Developing infrastructure and ensuring organizational support and legal service for the needs of effective assistance in the process of research results commercialization.

3. Rationalizing management of university resources, including human resources.

4. Implementing and exploiting versatile mechanisms for obtaining non-budget resources for the university development.




In order to achieve the aforementioned aims, Gdynia Maritime University is planning to fulfil the following objectives for the term 2012 – 2016 (the new authorities: Rector and Deans):

1. Developing at least one specialization in each faculty conducted either in English and Polish or exclusively in English.

2. Designing and starting postgraduate studies in the English language targeted at foreign teachers of maritime schools and universities within the methodology of conducting classes with the use of modern simulators and laboratory equipment.

3. Undertaking marketing activities so that in the last  year of the term 2012 – 2016 there will be at least 100 foreigners studying at the university.

4. Contracting out for each faculty, on the principle of work agreement or free lance, at least 2 foreign professors realizing not less than 60 didactic hours each in every academic year.

5. Starting doctoral studies in the Faculty of Marine Electrical Engineering in 2013 and in 2014 doctoral studies in the Faculty of Entrepreneurship and Commodity Science.

6. Obtaining on the university scale 6 authorizations to grant a doctor degree by the end of the term 2012 – 2016.

7. Implementing during the term 2012 – 2016 the system of e-dean office together with the student e-register book and electronic procession of educational matters and scientific research.

8. Drafting projects to develop and to modernize scientific research infrastructure and social infrastructure so as to be able to enter our projects for all competitions, in which universities can participate and which are financed with the European resources.

9. Introducing the performance-related remuneration system for academic teachers, which will differentiate the level of earnings in relation to their scientific output and usefulness with regard to achievement of the strategic aims of the university.

10. Obtaining by the end of the term 2012 – 2016 at least 25%  income share in the university non-budget revenues from research, research and development, expertise and consultancy as well as from the sales of licences.

11. Adopting such a personnel policy in the university, which by the end of the term 2012 – 2016  will not allow the faculty to have among its staff an assistant professor that would not have at least one publication in the journals  of the base:  Journal Citation Reports (JCR) or the base: European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH).

12. Obtaining, from the year 2013, the rate level of at least 10 applications annually submitted or realized by teams of every faculty in different competitions for scientific research and development projects financed by NCN, NCBiR and with the European resources.

13. Reviewing, from the year 2013, the principles of financing employee’s participation in scientific conferences and the regulations concerning Rector’s rewards so as to motivate personnel more effectively to obtain strategic benefits for the university.

14. Introducing into the base of Journal Citation Reports (JCR) at least one journal issued by Gdynia Maritime University or its organizational units by the end of the term 2012 – 2016.

15. Implementing instruments underpinning scientific and professional development of the personnel with special emphasis laid on help in realizing the registration and conferment procedure for a doctoral degree and obtaining maritime diplomas.

Chairman of the GMU Senate
Prof. Piotr Jędrzekowicz

I.Wierzbowska Fri, 08/02/2013 - 13:46
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