It is 100 years since the first fishing industry university projects were created in Russia. The first to introduce the programs in this major was Kaliningrad State Technical University.
"I think it is remarkable that we celebrate the anniversary of these programs in the year when we have formally launched a network of university outlets in Murmansk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Vladivostok, Astrakhan and Kaliningrad," says Vladimir Volkogon, President of KSTU.
"These professions are popular because fishing is an industry that keeps offering new jobs,"Dr. Volkogon said.
"Our sea-related programs in colleges of Kaliningrad, who accept new students after junior high school (9 years), boast very high competition. We cannot enroll even those who are ready to pay the tuition," President Volkogon said.
He then noted that more than 90% of all graduates find jobs within their major field.
Over the past several years the KSTU administration made sure that all its college and academy graduates with degrees in sea-related majors had a full package of documents to start working at sea right away. The graduates themselves will not have to pay for their further training, study of conventions, etc. "This allows our graduates to get hired fast and easy. As soon as in their third year some students settle tri-partite agreements, including contracts with foreign companies," the university president said.
The most popular majors today are sea navigation, maintenance of ship power units and refrigeration and cryogenic technologies. Up to 99% of all graduates in these fields get hired immediately upon graduation. Other popular KSTU majors include aquaculture, power engineering, and construction.