'The University of Gdańsk treats the offshore wind energy sector strategically,' - says the Rector of the University of Gdańsk prof. dr hab. Piotr Stepnowski in an article for BalticWind.EU. The service issued a quarterly report with information about the UG's offer for offshore personnel.

The 2022/2023 recruitment process is underway. This year, the University of Gdańsk offers 89 full-time and part-time courses as well as uniform master's degree courses. The University also invites you to study at doctoral schools and improve your qualifications at postgraduate studies.

The list of majors for this year's recruitment was extended by new specialisations, educating, among others, for the needs of the renewable energy sector, including offshore wind energy. The offer of the University of Gdańsk for offshore personnel was presented by the Rector of the university, prof. dr hab. Piotr Stepnowski in the quarterly report Baltic Wind.

- 'The University of Gdańsk treats the offshore wind energy sector strategically, taking into account the possibility of applying the results of the research conducted at the university and the development of the potential labour market for its graduates,' - says prof. dr hab. Piotr Stepnowski.

The fields of study at the University include educational components prepared with renewable energy sources, the offshore sector and offshore wind energy in mind. These include Environmental Protection (undergraduate and postgraduate studies), Marine Hydrography (undergraduate engineering studies, an intercollegiate course of study between the Faculty of Oceanography and Geography of the University of Gdańsk and the Bohaterów Westerplatte Naval Academy in Gdynia), Oceanography (undergraduate and postgraduate studies), International Economic Relations with a specialisation in International Trade and Maritime Transport (undergraduate and postgraduate studies).

The offer of postgraduate studies is also being constantly developed. Future students can choose from among others the Postgraduate Studies in GIS - Geographical Information System. The second edition of postgraduate studies for sustainable development will also start in October: Offshore Wind Energy (OWE). The programme includes subjects on, among others, legal issues in offshore wind energy, management of offshore wind energy potential, safety and control of energy generation in OWE, maritime spatial planning and OWE in the energy transition.

According to the Rector, the coming semesters will see further new courses. In the academic year 2023/2024, it is planned to open a second-degree course in Applied Physical Oceanography dedicated specifically to the offshore sector. In turn, this year will see the launch of new specialisations, including, among others, Maritime offshore sectors (second-cycle studies in Economics).

The Baltic Wind publication contains extensive information on the University of Gdańsk's offer for offshore wind energy personnel. The quarterly report summarises the development of the offshore wind energy market in particular countries of the Baltic Sea region. Dr hab.Sylwia Mrozowska, prof. UG, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Development, Lead Coordinator in Working Group 5. Social Education of the Sectoral Agreement for Offshore Wind Energy Development in Poland underlines that publications of this type are very important:

'They are addressed to the industry, to persons interested in offshore wind energy. The reports show i.a. how the educational offer in Poland and Pomerania is changing. The University of Gdańsk is preparing for and entering new sectors. The University reacts very quickly to educational needs which are related to socio-economic changes taking place in the region,' - says dr hab. Sylwia Mrozowska, prof. UG.

The Rector of UG, prof. dr hab. Piotr Stepnowski points out the strong involvement of the University of Gdańsk in educational initiatives for offshore wind energy and its participation in scientific committees:

- 'UG is a signatory to the Sectoral Agreement on Offshore Wind Energy in Poland, it is represented in the Coordinating Council at the Ministry of Climate and Environment which supervises the implementation of the agreement, moreover, it is a member of the Pomeranian Platform for Offshore Wind Energy Development in the Baltic Sea, it is represented in the Offshore Innovation Council or it chairs the Baltic Sea Sustainable Management Group. The University is also a member of a scientific consortium "Science for the Sea", which aims to consolidate and coordinate activities for the effective use of the intellectual and laboratory potential of eight Polish coastal universities. The unit coordinating the creation and work of expert teams implementing contracts with external partners is the Centre for Analyses and Expertise of the University of Gdańsk,' - enumerates the Rector of the University of Gdańsk in a comment to BalticWind.EU.

As early as July 1, in the Senate Room of the UG Main Library, a meeting of the Working Group 5 Social Education of the Sectoral Agreement for Offshore Wind Energy Development in Poland will take place. All interested parties are invited to attend the meeting at 10.00 am.

Szymon Gronowski/CZR