Opportunities and challenges for seafarers in higher education: A comparative study of the German and the Swedish system
Paper i proceeding, 2019

The paper compares Maritime Education and Training (MET) at undergraduate and postgraduate level at two maritime faculties, one located in Germany and one in Sweden. While undergraduate education in both countries is mostly defined by their adherence to the STCW convention, a different approach is adopted in the provision of postgraduate and lifelong learning programmes. While Chalmers University in Sweden has opted for different on-campus courses, Jade University in Germany aims to further the education of active nautical officers while they still work at sea. Both institutions have identified a clear need for an ongoing MET beyond the bachelor's degree level, given the increasing complexity of the maritime trade. Offering courses to cater to the needs of maritime professionals ensures their progress from a navigational to a more advanced managerial position.

Lifelong learning

Higher education

Maritime education and training

Retention of seafarers


Nicolas Nause

Jade University of Applied Sciences

Olle Lindmark

Chalmers, Mekanik och maritima vetenskaper, Maritima studier

Peter John

Jade University of Applied Sciences

Elisabeth Klimmek

Jade University of Applied Sciences

20th Commemorative Annual General Assembly, AGA 2019 - Proceedings of the International Association of Maritime Universities Conference, IAMUC 2019


20th Commemorative Annual General Assembly of the International Association of Maritime Universities, IAMUC 2019
Tokyo, Japan,



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