The Itinerant University of the Sea (IUS) is an established project, since 2006, co-sponsored by three public higher education institutions: University of Porto, Portugal, the Portuguese Naval School and the University of Oviedo, Spain.
The main objective of the IUS is to provide higher education students, with a unique sea ambience experience, combined with diversified pedagogical practices, comprehending a hands-on training component within multidisciplinary curricula.
Also, worth mentioning, as general goals in this project, the broadening of the maritime awareness of the young university students, through promoting a mutual Iberian knowledge and the trail-out of different training/teaching approaches, thus favoring the development of students’ critical skills.
In an enviroment, where collective and personal safety prevails along with cooperation and harmony, full priority is given to IUS’s motto “Knowledge and Adventure”.
Attending the IUS implies enrolling in a Sea Course, on board of a Training Ship (T.S.) , comprehending higher education credits both “offshore and onshore”. When sailing, Sea Tutors Teachers (S.T.T.) , (university teachers, both military and civilian) lecture, according to their fields of expertise, a wide scope of contents in interdisciplinary areas, sharing a common denominator: the Sea.
The 2014 Campaign for the IUS, pursuits the objectives above mentioned and in the current year holds as main theme “The Iberian Peninsula from coast to coast – promoting the Marine Ecosystems”.
The first Sea Course will start in Avilés, Spain, on the 30th of July; then anchoring out at the Ciés Islands; berthing in Porto, Portugal for two days, then anchoring out at the Berlenga Island and will arrive in Lisbon, Portugal on the 7th of August; in Lisbon the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation will sponsor the IUS activities onshore.
The second Sea Course will start in Lisbon, on the 8th of August, sail past Ceuta, then anchoring out at Formentera, mooring on Palma de Maiorca Island and it will end on the 21st of August upon arrival in Barcelona .
For this year IUS Campaign, on board sail three CERENA’s researchers (Joaquim Góis, José Soeiro and Miguel Tato Diogo), that through lectures and seminars on board, will try to raise awareness for multiple sea-related issues: Marine Georesources, Risks and Safety at sea, Geopositioning, Scientific Diving amid other emerging topics.