27 September 2014
A look to the future with Polish students
On 27 September 2014, I attended the opening ceremony for the new academic year of the Maritime University of Szczecin, Poland, conducted by the University Rector, Professor Stanislaw Gucma. This was the first event arranged for my official visit to Poland, touring Szczecin, Gdynia and Warsaw.
The ceremony was attended by Mrs Dorota Pyć, Under-Secretary of State for Maritime Affairs in the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development, representatives of other maritime and technical Universities in Poland, the President of the City of Szczecin, members of Parliament and representatives of the shipping and maritime industries of Poland. A special feature of this year’s ceremony was the presence of the beautiful Russian tall ship ‘Kruzenshtern’, sent to this event by Vladimir Volkogon, the Rector of Kaliningrad State Technical University, who also attended the ceremony. Thousands of students and their families, as well as members of the general public, were also present, gathered at the port in front of the University building and the maritime museum of Szczecin.
At the ceremony I had an opportunity to deliver congratulatory remarks to the University and students. It was an exciting event and I encouraged students to work hard, acquire new skills and be ambitious to take advantage of everything this University can offer them while they dream about their future. I mentioned the outcome of Rio +20, the document “The Future We Want” and the Sustainable Development Goals which include our goal to ensure sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources, in addition to many broader goals such as the eradication of poverty and hunger, health, education, gender equality, sustainable water, energy, employment and industrialization.
"It is clear that, without shipping and maritime trade, we cannot achieve our goals", I said. I asked Government officials involved in maritime industry and maritime education to work harder to raise the profile of shipping and highlight the vital role of shipping and maritime trade for the sustainable development and prosperity of mankind.