Fostering design thinking, soft skill adoption and entrepreneurship is one of the challenges faced by modern-day maritime educational institutes, in order to close the gap between training and the needs of the 21st century maritime economic sector. A consortium from six organisations in four European countries, including Netherlands Maritime Technology, has taken on this challenge. Supported by a two-year grant of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, the consortium has to-date identified the focal, and is currently developing course material and training activities to enhance soft skill acquisition by maritime students.
The six partners involved in the project:
University of Applied Sciences in Jyväskylä (Finland) will tailor-make this approach to be implemented in the curricula of the educational institutions of STC (Netherlands), the HZS (Belgium) and the NMCI (Ireland). Netherlands Maritime Technology and the Maritime start-up accelerator PortXL fulfill the role in establishing the linkage between (innovative) proposals by students, and maritime companies. Together they form a strong team introducing true entrepreneurship in maritime education.