Welcome to the Maritime University of Szczecin
The Maritime University of Szczecin is a public, technical university with a long-established tradition that dates back to 1947. That year, the first school for maritime professionals was established in the Polish city of Szczecin, which was incorporated together with West Pomerania province (former German territories) into Poland after World War II.
Over the decades, the school supplied a few thousand, world-renowned officers for the merchant and fishing fleet. Those days, deep-sea fisheries, in particular, were in rapid expansion and graduates from Szczecin were present on the world's most remote waters, exploring uncharted fishery zones, becoming unquestionable experts in their profession.
Meanwhile, the maritime school in Szczecin, changed its name a couple of times, settled (1962) in one of the best locations in the city - at Chrobry Embankment and since 1968, as Maritime School of Higher Education (Pol.: Wyższa Szkoła Morska) grew to become one of the major maritime schools in Europe.
In 2002, the new Faculty of Economics and Transport Engineering was established. Its graduates are specialists in land-based professions (management, transport, logistics). Expanding the educational offer with new courses resulted in upgrading to a higher status within the Polish education system. In 2004 the name of the school changed to Akademia Morska (Maritime Academy) which is the direct equivalent of a university in the generally accepted educational terminology. In Polish, "academy" is a term referring to an institution providing higher education, particularly in the uniformed or artistic professions. The recent development of our University in terms of facilities, staff competence and expanding number of courses provided, resulted in the Polish parliament's decision to again upgrade the status of Maritime University of Szczecin. On 1st September 2022, the Polish name of the MUS was changed from "Akademia Morska" to "Politechnika Morska". The word "politechnika" comes from ancient Greek - polýtechnos - and means proficient in many arts. In the Polish educational system, a higher education institution called "politechnika" corresponds to a university or institute of technology in the generally accepted educational terminology used in English-speaking countries. Our name in English though remains the Maritime University of Szczecin.
Today, the Maritime University of Szczecin, with its landmark main building and a network of other facilities spread in the area is composed of five faculties:
- Faculty of Navigation,
- Faculty of Marine Engineering,
- Faculty of Engineering and Economics of Transport,
- Faculty of Computer Science and Telecommunications,
- Faculty of Mechatronics and Electrical Engineering
We provide top-class education to 3000+ students (including 400 foreign students from 20 countries) within 16 BSc programmes (including 2 in English) and 11 MSc programmes (including 3 in English). MUS offers also 7 non-degree postgraduate programmes, and numerous vocational courses and trainings. We train maritime professionals including merchant, passenger and fishing fleet personnel (navigators, deck officers, mechanical and electrical engineers), as well as qualified on-shore operators and managers for shipowners and port service companies involved in maritime and inland shipping.
MUS offers students a wide range of courses that also provide highly qualified personnel for IT, surveying services, transport, freight forwarding, and logistics, with a particular focus on maritime industry jobs. Our graduates meet all the requirements of the STCW standards and the demands of today’s global job market.
Another part of our mission is developing scientific research with a profound commitment to innovative technologies. We strongly support - with increasing concern for sustainability - the close cooperation between the University, business and society. MUS flexibly responds to the challenges of the educational and job markets.
Modern high-tech facilities
The University boasts over 100 well-equipped laboratories, a modern research-training vessel - the m/s Nawigator XXI (seen below with the University main building in the background)
and 17 most technically advanced simulators including Marine Centrifugal Pump Simulator, Ship Handling Simulator, LNG EU Training Centre, Anti-Collision ARPA Simulator, Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) Simulator, Vessel Traffic System (VTS) Simulator, Satellite Communication System Simulator - GMDSS, Hydro-Acoustic Simulator, Autopilot Simulator, Radar Simulator, Cargo Handling Simulator, Fishing Simulator, Operational and Graphical Engine Room Simulators, Refrigeration Simulator, Full-Mission Bridge Simulator, Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality etc.
This makes our University one of the best-equipped maritime universities in the world, and additionally, we have a unique approach to teaching through partnerships with key industry leaders, that provide our students with opportunities to gain practical skills on the most up-to-date equipment in real-life settings.
International cooperation and business partnership
Moreover, MUS has been actively participating in numerous externally funded international projects which resulted in state-of-the-art research and facilities development but also in finding the solutions for the most pressing maritime issues and following the latest educational trends (between 2000-2020 we participated in nearly 100 projects, including 4 within Horizon 2020 programme with their value amounted to almost €35m). To attract business partners and optimize the use of the existing potential, we founded the Technology Transfer Office for commercializing the research results, the Centre of Innovations that aims to liaise scientific research with business and the Centre for Operation of Floating Objects - the largest university development project in the West Pomeranian region in years. The Centre engages in research on cutting-edge technologies associated with various sectors of the maritime industry including autonomous (unmanned) vessels, positioning systems, risk and safety management systems for maritime transport.