Within the framework of the TwinForHope campaign developed by the UK universities and in order to share academic experience, there were signed agreements between the University of Plymouth and Kherson State Maritime Academy (KSMA) and State University of Infrastructure and Technologies (SUIT).
On October 5, 2022, there was held a working meeting between representatives of Kherson State Maritime Academy and Dr. Kelly Lewington, Mental Health Manager, University of Plymouth (UK). Participants of the event discussed main areas of joint activity and scheduled holding the first guest lectures for KSMA cadets purposed to provide tools for self-correlation of future maritime specialists’ mental health.
With the support of Cormack Consultancy Group, the University of Plymouth (UK) provided technical equipment to ensure the administration of educational and admission processes of KSMA.
Hello Project was launched at KSMA with support of colleagues and students of the University of Plymouth (UK). Helen Bowstead, project manager from the Plymouth University, wished the first- and second-year students of KSMA success in improving their English language skills. Iryna Shvetsova, project manager from KSMA, thanked her colleagues for their support and the opportunities they offer for our students.
Mental Health managers from KSMA, Olena BEZLUTSKA and Iryna SHVETSOVA, arranged and held a meeting between the students of the Navigation Faculty of KSMA and Dr. Kelly LEWINGTON. Dr. Kelly LEWINGTON presented information on useful mental health resources at the University of Plymouth that would be available to KSMA cadets. Participants of the meeting had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss mental health problems.
On November 8, 2022, there was held a reporting meeting on the issues of the work carried out during the last five months. Participants of the meeting discussed first results of Mental Health and Hello projects; outcomes of science working groups meetings. Scientists from both universities collaborate in order to work on joint scientific investigations, papers and projects.
Kherson State Maritime Academy and the University of Plymouth jointly received a grant to work within the Dual Degree program. Future Masters studying at the Marine Engineering Faculty will have the opportunity to obtain a dual degree of KSMA and the University of Plymouth in Ship Technical Systems and Complexes Operation. Kherson State Maritime Academy is one of the Twinning Initiative winners among Ukrainian representatives. The initiative is supported by the UK universities and government.
On 18 May, 2023, a working meeting between Kherson State Maritime Academy and the University of Plymouth (UK) took place within the framework of the Twinning Initiative. Partners discussed the issue of developing a Dual Degree program implemented for masters studying at Marine Engineering Faculty (specialization – “Ship Technical Systems and Complexes Operation”).
On 22 May, 2023, a meeting of intending entrants with the representatives of KSMA and the University of Plymouth (UK) took place. The meeting included two parts. Dr Bogdan GHITA and Deputy Dean for International Cooperation of the Faculty of Science and Engineering and Associate Head of Mechanical Engineering School of the University of Plymouth, Dr Ming DAI reported in the first part of event. In their speeches, the representatives of the University of Plymouth told about specific features of a Dual Degree program. In the second part of the meeting, the Executive Secretary of the Admission Committee of KSMA Ivan RIABUKHA and Head of the Department of Practice, Certification and Employment of KSMA Oleksandr SOLOVEY reported on the features of this year’s admissions campaign. During the video conference, Dean of the Marine Engineering Faculty Oleksandr AKIMOV answered topical questions received from entrants.
On 9 June, 2023, representatives of Kherson State Maritime Academy participated in the International conference ‘Internationalisation as the Key to Resilience and Rebuilding: First year of Twinning’ held at the premises of Lviv Polytechnic National University. The conference was opened with welcoming remarks from Vivienne Stern, Head of the Universities UK, Mykhailo Vynnytskyi, Olha Budnyk, Plenipotentiary of the President of Ukraine for the Fund of the President of Ukraine for Education, Science and Sports, and Jamie Arrowsmith, Head of the Universities UK International. Charles Cormack, Chairman of Cormack Consultancy Group, introduced achievements and challenges of the first year of Twinning to participants of the event and announced the Twinning Strategy 2023 – 2024.
On July 19, 2023, the teams of a UK-Ukraine Dual Award project held a meeting with Cormack Consultancy Group. The event highlighted progress in implementing the projects, as well as updated the main issues that need to be addressed. Kherson State Maritime Academy together with the University of Plymouth presented results of joint work and noted that the project on training engineering masters would start this academic year. Upon completion of the study programme, students obtain dual degrees of the University of Plymouth and KSMA.
On 11 September, 2023, administration of KSMA, representatives of the University of Plymouth (UK) Dr Bogdan GHITA, Deputy Dean for International Cooperation of the Faculty of Science and Engineering and Associate Head of Mechanical Engineering School of the University of Plymouth, Dr Ming DAI held a meeting with master’s students of KSMA. They answered the cadets’ questions and wished them success in passing the English entrance exam.
On September 14, 2023, representatives of the University of Plymouth (UK) delivered a two-session training for KSMA teaching staff on a Dual Award programme. KSMA representatives got acquainted with the document circulation at the University of Plymouth, peculiarities of the UoP learning process and student assessment.
On September 26, 2023, representatives of the University of Plymouth (UK) held an online meeting with the working group of Kherson State Maritime Academy within the framework of a Dual Award project. The meeting was devoted to discussing students’ results of the English language test and progress in enrolment on the programme. Besides, Project Boards considered providing teaching support material and ensuring learning process. Based on the enrolment process, participants concluded that the project is in demand among maritime industry professionals including active marine engineers.
On October 11, 2023, Cormack Consultancy Group held a working meeting with representatives of Ukrainian universities taking part in the Twinning program. Participants of the meeting discussed new opportunities of the program.
On October 16, 2023, a working meeting was held regarding the LMS Moodle features and solution of urgent issues related to organizing quality working process.
On November 1, 2023, a first working meeting of Kherson State Maritime Academy representatives with the University of Plymouth team was held to discuss a training and organizational campaign for further cooperation within the project “Monitoring war destruction from space using machine learning”. The program is aimed at identifying war-damaged objects in Kherson using satellite images and artificial intelligence. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Amir Aly, Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, University of Plymouth, UK. During the event, a working group discussed urgent issues related to the organization of the proposed project.