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The university complex of KSTU has been represented at the General Assembly in Japan

The university complex of KSTU has been represented at the General Assembly in Japan


The university complex of KSTU has been represented at the General Assembly in Japan

     The Assembly worked for three days, from October 30 to November 1 in Tokyo, Japan, and brought together 139 delegates. Among them- rectors of leading world universities, heads of international maritime organizations, researchers from Russia, Japan, Great Britain, the USA, Mexico, Peru, Australia, Canada, Romania, Vietnam, China, India, the Philippines, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Poland, Bulgaria.

     The university complex of KSTU was presented by the rector of KSTU Vladimir Volkogon and the deputy head of the Department for foreign students and protocol Pavel Kovalishin. Vladimir Alekseevich, as a member of the liaison committee of the IAMU international executive council, took part in almost all the events of the forum. It should be noted that BFFSA has been a member of the International Association of Maritime Universities since 2002, and for the last two years, representatives of the Academy, have been members of the IAMU International Executive Council- the highest body that determines the policies of the entire association.

     One of the general ideas of the 2019 assembly was setting a successful “course” in the development of maritime universities in a global context, as well as developing of a common concept for understanding and solving the urgent tasks of the maritime industry. The forum’s key speakers spoke about this: the head of the Nippon Foundation, Yohi Sasakawa, IMO Secretary General Kitak Lim, The Nautical Institute CEO John Lloyd and others. All speakers emphasized the particular importance of global issues of safety and environmental friendliness of shipping and implementation of technologies for the autonomy of maritime transport.

     One of the key events of the assembly was the Presidential Forum, which brought together the rectors of leading maritime universities around the world. The agenda contained current and future directions of the Association. In particular, it is the newly developed by IAMU and IMO-approved Global Marine Professional concept revolutionizing training of marine professionals.

     The university complex of KSTU was among the first to support introduction of the innovative concept, which was also noted at the Presidential Forum.

     A special moment was a presentation made by V.A. Volkogon of the upcoming round-the-world expedition of three training sailing ships of the Russian Federal Fisheries Agency. It is noteworthy that the routes of “Kruzenshtern”, “Sedov” and “Pallas” covered almost all the countries that were represented by the heads of the world's maritime universities. They warmly welcomed the ideas of the expedition, as round-the-world voyages are an important component of successful international maritime cooperation.

     The Presidential Forum also noted the scientific contribution of the energy efficiency research (maritime sector) by the initiative group. An application for the scientific grant by the professor of the Institute of Shipping, Trade and Transport of Aegean University (Greece) Nikitos Nikitakos, associate professor of KSTU Andrei Nikishin and associate professor of BFFSA Pavel Kovalishin was highly recommended by the international experts, which, in turn, gives real chances of receiving a grant.

     Another report made by P.Yu. Kovalishin was devoted to the presentation of the scientific school of the teaching staff of the university complex of KSTU Yu.I. Nechaev, V.A. Volkogon, V.A. Bondarev. The poster talked about topical issues of artificial intelligence technologies and the fundamental training of naval engineers.

     The problems of the report aroused great interest among the present scientific international community, since the era of the industrial revolution 4.0 involves massive use of artificial intelligence technologies in the process of autonomy of maritime transport and port infrastructure. Thus, it should be summarized that the “course” that the KSTU university complex is oriented to meets the global challenges of our time.

     Participation in such events once again proved how a single marine university can keep abreast of global processes and how important it is to actively develop international activities in this direction.

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