Kiel University (CAU) is a member of “The European University of the Seas – SEA-EU” alliance, which is one of the 17 European Universities alliances co-funded in 2019 by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. Under the leadership of the University of Cádiz (Spain), and together with the partner universities of Western Brittany (Brest, France), Gdańsk (Poland), Split (Croatia) and Malta, Kiel University plans to enhance the quality of marine science education across all faculties and at all six locations. SEA-EU aims to strengthen links between education, research and innovation, as well as to foster social engagement and environmental responsibility. This ambitious initiative echoes the vision of European Commission to ‘dare to dream’. With the second project phase approved in 2022, three more partners are part of the network: the University of Naples Parthenope (Italy), the University of Algarve (Faro, Portugal) and Nord University (Bodø, Norway).
To reach their goals, the European partners plan to create equal conditions for mobility between the individual European locations, as well as digital learning and teaching formats and networking opportunities. The European University of the Seas (SEA-EU) offers the ideal platform for this. It connects nine universities in coastal cities with a long historical, cultural and economic tradition related to the sea, and also geographically include most European seas. The participating institutions are set up on a multidisciplinary basis, and pursue innovation strategies, in which sustainability concepts play an essential role. Similarly, conveying knowledge of the marine environment, marine resources and the sustainable protection and use of the oceans is a central concern of the consortium.
SEA-EU's offers are aimed at all targets (students, academic and non-academic staff) and all educational levels (BSc, MSc, PhD). In addition to individual courses offered in one of the partner universities, the programme also includes summer schools, semesters abroad, trips on research vessels (field trips) or staff weeks. Cultural and sporting events are intended to supplement the curriculum in the long-term, aiding to weave the SEA-EU concept into the coastal lifestyles.
- Dr. Jonathan Durgadoo (Coordination)
Vision of SEA-EU
The vision of the European University of the Seas (SEA-EU) is to establish a distinctly international, pluri-ethnic, multilingual and interdisciplinary European University. SEA-EU aims to strengthen the links between teaching, research, innovation and knowledge transfer. It will encourage excellence in research and teaching to gain more knowledge and a better understanding and management of the marine environment. It will assist in building the human resources and skills necessary to match the needs of the evolving marine and maritime sectors, now and in the foreseeable future. SEA-EU will provide and improve tools and techniques to measure and anticipate ocean-based and driven impacts, build frameworks for more effective ocean governance as well as empower societies and communities to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for the oceans.
Language competencies are at the heart of a true European identity. Following this motto, the SEA-EU alliance has committed itself to increasing the language skills of both staff and students. Therefore, various language-learning offers have been developed within the alliance.