ERASMUS + is a program of the European Union for the period 2021-2027, that supports projects of cooperation, partnership, activities and mobility in the field of education, training, youth and sports. Together with more than 150 countries, Ukraine is one of the Partner Countries of the Erasmus + Program.
On June 1, 2021, KSMA joined the two-year project MERSol (Maritime Engine Room Simulator On-Line) under the Erasmus+ programme. The project is designed to develop new study modules with the possibility of assessment, using special software Engine Room Simulator (ERS) online by means of digitalization. In order to update their education and professional training, project participants will acquire and develop key competences which meet the labour market demands.
The objective is to address the recognised needs without delay, with outcomes taken into use promptly and efficiently. The project will develop the skills in maritime industry through joining deep knowledge and expertise of 7 institutions from 6 European countries. The central aim of this project is to develop study modules for Maritime Engine Room Studies, student assessment module and specific software, ERS online. All these new regulations are included in study modules and tested in assessment study module. The implementation planned in the project requires cooperation between educational institutions and business; in MERSol project, most of the partners represents higher education institutions, that are already cooperating with business on regular – if not even daily – basis. Furthermore, there are two business institutions in the partnership to ensure that the exact context will be fulfilling the requirements for business, as well as the universities will ensure the requirements for HEIs (Higher Education Institutions).
This innovative project brings together a unique blend of academic and SME partners of maritime cluster, namely:
- SAMK is the project leading organization www.samk.fi
- Imagesoft Oy brings simulator expertise www.imagesoft.fi
- The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), leads the study modules on marine engine rooms www.upc.edu/ca
- Lithuanian Maritime Academy (LMA), Lithuania marine engine room expertise www.lajm.lt
- Piri Reis University (PRU), Turkish marine engine room engineering skills www.pirireis.edu.tr
- Spinaker is a Slovienian, an award winning it skilled company www.spinaker.si
- Kherson State Maritime Academy (KSMA) provides Ukrainian engine room engineering skills www.ksma.ks.ua
- On June 24, 2021, on the WEBEX platform, the first online-meeting took place in the framework of the project Erasmus + KA 226 – Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education. Purpose of the meeting – implementation of the international project MERSol (Maritime Engine Room Simulator on-line). The project team consists of 21 people. On behalf of Kherson State Maritime Academy, it is represented by Head of International Affairs Department of KSMA, PhD in Pedagogical Sciences Alona Yurzhenko, Associate Professor of Department of Ship Power Plants Operation of KSMA, PhD in Technical Sciences Yurii Bohdan and Senior Teacher of Department of Ship Electrical Equipment and Automatic Devices Operation, PhD in Technical Sciences Artem Ivanov. The project manager Heikki Koivisto (Satakunta University of Applied Sciences) made a welcoming speech and represented a report on the peculiarities of implementation of the project first stage. He provided practical recommendations on how to manage processes of creating an online engine room simulator.
- On November 23, 2021, a regular online meeting was held in the framework of the international project MERSol (Maritime Engine Room Simulator on-line). The participants included Head of International Affairs Department of KSMA, PhD in Pedagogical Sciences Alona Yurzhenko and Senior Teacher of Department of Ship Electrical Equipment and Automatic Devices Operation, PhD in Technical Sciences Artem Ivanov. Participants from KSMA (Artem Ivanov, Yurii Bohdan) received positive feedback from other members of the team for the development of the study module “Electricity in the engine room”.
Artem Ivanov – PhD in Technical Sciences, Senior Lecturer of Department of Ship Electrical Equipment and Automatic Devices Operation (Head of Working Group)
Yurii Bohdan – PhD in Technical Sciences, Associate Professor of Department of Ship Power Plants Operation
Alena Leshchenko – Doctor of Philosophical Sciences, Professor, Professor of Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and Innovative Pedagogy
Alona Yurzhenko – PhD in Pedagogical Sciences, Senior Lecturer of English Language Department for Maritime Officers (abridged programme)