(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The National University of “Odessa Maritime Academy” (NU “OMA”) and the Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute (CMMI) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that sets the framework for collaboration between the two organizations. The Agreement was signed by the Rector of the NU “UMA”, Mr. Mykhaylo Miyusov, and the Chief Executive Officer of CMMI, Mr. Zacharias Siokouros.
Present at the Ceremony were the Minister of Infrastructure (Responsible for Shipping) of Ukraine, Mr. Vladyslav Kryklii, Mr. Vassilios Demetriades the Shipping Deputy Minister of Cyprus, the Ambassador of Ukraine to Cyprus, Mr. Ruslan Nimchynskyi, the Ambassador of Cyprus to Ukraine, Mr. Louis Telemachou, and members of staff of the organizations.
Mr. V. Kryklii stated that knowledge-sharing is necessary for the development and sustainability of the marine environment and navigation between Cyprus and Ukraine. He mentioned that the deepening of cooperation in the field of science, as well as in the field of research and innovation are of mutual interest and today's event will be a new impetus for further better work in the future. The Minister welcomed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the National University «Odessa Maritime Academy» and the Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute and wished the success in further cooperation.
Mr. V. Demetriades stated that “it is with pleasure that I am joining this online ceremony of the cooperation of two maritime institutions which is marked today with the signing of the MoU, as it is a very positive step on the way we should approach our future in order to become more resilient to crises and to effectively response to challenges”. Moreover, he added that “as the Deputy Ministry of Shipping of Cyprus, we welcome today’s occasion which marks the start of an ambitious cooperation between the CMMI and the Odessa Maritime Academy in the areas of maritime research, technology development and innovation, education and training. We are confident that through the exchange of know-how and the development of synergies and joint activities in those areas, both organizations will optimize their capabilities and contribute positively to the global objectives for a greener and more sustainable maritime industry.”
The Ambassador of Ukraine to Cyprus, Mr. Ruslan Nimchynskyi stated that “he is confident that today’s event is an important step in bringing our cooperation to a new level, where we can join our efforts in the scientific and innovative areas for the interests of our maritime industries”.
The Ambassador of Cyprus to Ukraine, Mr. Louis Telemachou, complemented that “this ceremony of the collaboration of our two Centers of Excellence, bring the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea a step closer, discover their common historical paths and look to a bright and innovative future of the two seas and of our people”.
During the signing ceremony the Rector of the National University of “Odessa Maritime Academy” Mr Mykhaylo Miyusov stated that“ signing of this Memorandum of Understanding is a huge incentive to both National University “Odessa Maritime Academy” and Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute as it is aimed to facilitate the exchange of information and knowledge, facilitate and encourage the participation of researchers from both parties to mutually agreed on research projects, and promote bilateral research collaboration in all the fields of science and technology which are related directly or indirectly to marine and maritime sectors.”
Finally, on behalf of the Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute, Mr. Z. Siokouros expressed his excitement for the signing of the MOU. He further stated that CMMI aims to develop synergies and establish partnerships with renowned academic and research organizations such as the Odessa Maritime Academy to address the needs of businesses, countries and regions in relation to Blue Economy activities. “It is among CMMI’s strategic goals”, he pointed out, “to become the partner of choice for all Blue Economy development activities at local, regional, European and global levels”.
The signed MoU promotes the development and exchange of ideas, know-how, and best practices in the maritime science and technology areas which include amongst others, big data; robotics; human element; cultural heritage; digitalization, and decarbonization in shipping. Furthermore, it enables both organizations to undertake joint activities in maritime, in the fields of education, and training, while it also fosters mobility and participation of their research and academic staff in joint research and innovation projects.