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SUNY Maritime in agreement with Denmark’s SIMAC

Written by Nick Blenkey
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SUNY Maritime academic deal Gil Traub (left) and SIMAC vice president for academic affairs Jan Askholm sign the memorandum of agreement at SUNY Maritime College. The agreement paves the way for collaboration and partnership between the two institutions

NOVEMBER 11, 2016 — SUNY Maritime College, Fort Schuyler, NY, and Denmark’s Svendborg International Maritime Academy have signed a memorandum of agreement that will pave the way for academic cooperation and knowledge sharing.

Svendborg International Maritime Academy, or SIMAC, is an educational institution with core focus areas on the maritime sector, learning, and knowledge. We co-operate purposefully through national and international networks and in close contact with the maritime world. SIMAC is Denmark’s largest maritime education center, featuring three education programs and approximately 750 students and a training department, called SIMAC training.

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

The agreement does not stipulate how or when any collaborations will begin or be carried out; instead it demonstrates that the two institutions are interested in working together in various capacities.

“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.

SUNY Maritime also this fall signed agreements of this kind with National Taiwan Ocean University and the U.S. Marine Corps University College of Distance Education and Training.

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