The academic year inauguration ceremony of the Maritime University of Szczecin was held on 28th and 29th September.

Traditionally, on Friday evening, we met in the Szczecin Central Cemetery by the Monument in memory of Those who were lost at sea. The solemn roll-call was attended by university authorities, delegation from the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation with Vice Minister Grzegorz Witkowski, representatives of the seamen's community and the academic community as well as first-year students of the Maritime University of Szczecin who are to join the ranks of the university this year.

The march of the orchestra, the colour guard and the guard of honour as well as students' subdivisions, the matriculation ceremony, the inauguration speeches of the invited guests - on Saturday, the most spectacular part of the inauguration took place at the foot of Wały Chrobrego and was traditionally admired by the citizens of Szczecin and families of new MUS students.

- The functioning of our university is directly related to the maritime sector, which is of utmost importance to our country - said the Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, Marek Gróbarczyk, during the inauguration. - The decision to study at the Maritime University is a very good choice and, although you're facing the time of hard work, I know that the profession you will learn at the university will secure your future on the labour market - said the Minister to the students.

- I believe it is right now that your greatest success story begins - said Rector Wojciech Ślączka. - I can guarantee you will experience the friendliness, understanding and assistance of our lecturers while studying at the Maritime University. Our university provides you with huge opportunities for personal development, which will definitely bring results in your future professional life - he added.

The students were also welcomed to our city by the Mayor Piotr Krzystsek, who emphasised the significance of the university and the maritime sector for the city. We are very glad that, each year, young people from all around Poland and abroad join the ranks of MUS students, which is a proof of the quality of education at this university - rejoiced the Mayor.

During the ceremony, a letter from the Minister of Science and Higher Education was also read out and the Rector was handed in a treasury bond cheque increasing the university capital with the nominal value of PLN 10 238 000.

Students, doctors and employees of the Maritime University of Szczecin were also awarded distinctions and decorations. The music setting of the ceremony was provided by the Military Orchestra of the Coastal Defence Flotilla from Świnoujście and our irreplaceable Choir of the Maritime University of Szczecin conducted by Sylwia Fabiańczyk-Makuch.

650 new students, including 120 foreigners (e.g. from Ukraine, Belarus, Turkey, Indonesia and the Czech Republic), are to begin their first-cycle full-time degree programmes at three faculties and in 11 fields of study. We have opened the English group in the field of Navigation again this year. Currently one third of our students are women.