GMU and Ørsted Polska Sign Letter of Intent
Gdynia Maritime University and Ørsted have signed a letter of intent on cooperation in human resources development for the offshore wind energy sector. The official signing of the agreement was attended by Joanna Wis-Bielewicz - Director of Market Development at Ørsted Polska, Professor Tomasz Tarasiuk – GMU Deputy Rector for Cooperation and Development and Andrzej Popadiuk – Director of the Offshore Wind Energy Centre at GMU.
Ørsted is the largest and most experienced offshore wind power supplier in the world. Gdynia Maritime University has extensive experience in the education of maritime personnel, preparing specialists and managers for the dynamic maritime energy sector. The combination of more than 30 years of experience in the construction and operation of offshore wind farms with the potential and teaching facilities at Gdynia Maritime University will result in modern programmes that produce qualified engineering and management personnel for the offshore wind industry.
- I believe that the signing of the letter of intent is the beginning of a long-term and fruitful cooperation between Gdynia Maritime University and Ørsted," commented Professor Tomasz Tarasiuk. The participation of Ørsted experts in the education of GMU students will undoubtedly contribute to the attractiveness of training for offshore professions. We also intend to extend our cooperation to include research and development in the field of offshore wind energy, using the University's existing laboratories and those currently under development - added Professor Tarasiuk.
- Innovation, as well as cooperation with research and scientific entities around the world, is part of our DNA. I am pleased that another outstanding Polish University has joined Ørsted's group of partners and that Ørsted experts will be able to share their knowledge and experience in the development of offshore wind energy with many Gdynia Maritime University students, - said Joanna Wis-Bielewicz.
- The practical cooperation of the Offshore Wind Energy Centre with Ørsted has already begun. Ørsted experts are already sharing their unique knowledge and experience with participants of the Executive Offshore Wind MBA - commented Andrzej Popadiuk. - The EOW MBA is run by practitioners for practitioners. The participation of Ørsted in its implementation provides valuable enrichment to the development process of its participants. We are already planning the participation of Ørsted representatives in subsequent programmes and events of the Offshore Wind Energy Centre.
The wide range of competencies at Gdynia Maritime University and the dynamic development of Ørsted in Poland (together with company ZE PAK, a Polish sustainable energy company, submitted applications for the construction of five new wind farms) will open up opportunities for broad cooperation in the field of innovation, research and development of offshore wind energy technologies and environmental research for implemented investment projects in the future. Currently under construction, the new Centre for the Offshore Industry, in which the GMU Maritime Institute and the Offshore Wind Energy Centre will be located, will become an important element of an Offshore Valley - a scientific, research and teaching facility for offshore wind energy in the Baltic Sea. Ørsted Poland, GMU's newest partner, will play an active part in the development of the Offshore Valley in Poland, in cooperation with Gdynia Maritime University.