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Constanta Maritime University  
General Information

1 Education Philosophy: Strategic and efficient management of human and material resources; - Permanent development, both vertically and horizontally; - Commitment to the quality principle in each and every activity.


1.2 Education Goals: The continuous transformation of the Romanian society and European Community require new abilities to adapt to the needs of the labor market.


It is, therefore, necessary to combine the academic knowledge with clearly stated and identified professional competences.


In this context, the mission of Constanta Maritime University is to:


1. Train future professionals for transport related activities and develop research activities in related scientific domains, by acknowledging competition as main progress factor and quality management as main means for a continuous development of the educational and research process.


2. Promote education and research in accordance with the requirements of a knowledge-based society, through education, continuous learning and integration in the circuit of universal valuaes.


3. Bring a contribution to the local, regional and national development, through the involvement of academics at a social, economic and cultural level.


Our means to achieve the above are: - Strategic and efficient management of human and material resources; - Permanent development, both vertically and horizontally; - Commitment to the quality principle in each and every activity.


1.3 Brief History: The training of maritime personnel for merchant marine started in Romania in 1872, when the Fleet School of Galati was founded.


On 6 February 1990 a Government’s Decision was issued for the founding of the Merchant Marine Institute which included the Faculty of Naval Electromechanics, formerly part of the Mircea cel Batran Marine Institute and submit to the Ministry of Defense.


During the first meeting were elected the first Rector, Prof. Gavrila Rican, the first Dean of the Faculty of Navigation, Prof. Nicolae Romulus and the first Dean of the Faculty of Electromechanics, Prof. Lucian Balut.


To the former two faculties a River Navigation College was added in 1992, which later on became The University College for Maritime and River Navigation. The college had initially three specializations: River Navigation, River Electromechanics and Radio-Electronics with 3-year study programmes.


On 9th February 1996 the University Senate approved the fisrt Charter of the Merchant Marine Institute, as an expression of academic autonomy and freedom for all academics. The Charter states the principles and the development strategy of the university, the rights and liabilities of the academic community.


Starting with 1997 post-gdraduate courses were introduces: “Advanced operating systems in naval transport”, “Engineering of naval electromechanical systems and Master’s studies.


In 2000, by government’s decision no. 85, the Merchant Marine Institute changed its name to Constanta Maritime University and, one year later, by order of the Ministry of Education and Research no. 4225/02.08.2001, it added doctoral studies to the educational offer.


In 2003 the university received the first Certificate for Quality Management System ISO 9001, being the first Romanian University to be audited and certified by a competent authority, Bureau Veritas.


Starting with 2004/2005 academic year, the university was authorized to organize part time study programmes for the following specializations: Navigation and Maritime and River Transport, Electromechanics, Electrotechnics.


In 2005 two more specializations were authorized: Environmental Protection and Engineering in Industry and Telecommunications Technologies and Systems.


The specialization Economic Engineering in Transport was authorized in 2006.


Today, the name of the institution is Constanta Maritime University and it is seen, both locally and internationally, as a source of highly qualified labor force in the maritime field.


Structure of Institution
Structure of Program

Navigation and Maritime and River Transport Faculty

Navigation and Maritime and River Transport Faculty provides bachelor and master degree university study programmes, orientated towards maritime transport and ensuring: training of deck officers for a career connected with navigation and ships’ exploitation;   training specialists in shipping, water transport management and logistics.

Navigation and Maritime and River Transport Faculty’s Mission is to ensure an educational and scientific environment which stimulates intellectual development and gaining certain professional competencies at international standards.

Education process’ quality is ensured by following the procedures established by ISO 9001:2000 Standard, the conformity of Quality Management being certified by Bureau Veritas since 1993 and by requirements enforced by STCW ’95 Convention and this has been noticed by European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) during the inspection in 2006.

Faculty’s graduates receive an engineer diploma and they have the possibility to get an Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch licence. By the end of study years they will have more life experience, trust in their own forces and in the future. The obtained qualification certainly offers them, right after graduation, professional opportunities and special material satisfactions and these are at a higher level than any other higher-education graduate in Romania.   


Faculty of Naval Electromechanics

The Faculty of Naval Electromechanics left the "Mircea cel Bătrân" Maritime Institute, which was under the Ministry of National Defense, for the Ministry of Education as part of Merchant Marine Institute, founded by Government Decision on 6 February 1990.

The period of study was 5 years and the graduates got a diploma as electromechanic or electrotechnic engineer, as well as maritime officer certificate in their specialization. Beginning with 1997, the staff of the Faculty of Naval Electromechanics introduced post academic courses: advanced studies ‘Advanced  systems of operation in naval transports’, ‘Engineering of naval electromechanic systems’ and master studies.

To the traditional specializations: Naval Electrotechnics and General Electromechanics, two research centers were added: Research center in Naval Mechanics Engineering and Research center in Electric Engineering.

In 2005 new specializations were temporary authorized: ‘Engineering and Environment Protection in Industry’ and ’Technologies and Systems of Telecommunications’. The teaching staff belonged to two chairs: Chair of Electrotechnics, Electronics and Informatics and Chair of Mechanical Engineering.

Beginning with the academic year 2008-2009, in order to improve educational activities, the teaching staff was organized under 6 departments specific to each competence area: Department of Mechanic Equipment, Department of General Technical Disciplines, Department of Environment, Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, Department of Automation and Applied Informatics and Department of Electrotechnics.


On-Board Trainig Scheme



The activity of Training and Certification-Promotion Department of Constanta Maritime University is designed expressly to ensure performance of IMO Courses to students from all maritime specializations: full-time courses, part-time courses, along with tracking and guidance of students from full-time courses for practice onboard ships.


The students in the 1st year of study attend 4 IMO courses required for issuing of Seaman’s Book and Apprentice Certificate:

 ・Medical First Aid

 ・Fire Prevention and Basic Fire Fighting

 ・Personal Survival Techniques

 ・Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities on Board Ships.

The students in the 2nd year of study attend another 4 IMO courses:

  ・Transport and Handling of Dangerous, Hazardous and Harmful Cargoes

  ・Prevention of Pollution of the Marine Environment MARPOL 73/78

  ・Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (Other Than Fast Rescue Boats)

  ・Maritime English. Problem of Communication in Human Relationships

The students from Navigation attend in the 3rd year of study another 2 IMO courses:

  ・Radar Navigation, Radar Plotting and Use of ARPA- Operational Level

  • Restricted Operator's Certificate for GMDSS-GOC


The first 8 courses are attended both by students from Faculty of Navigation, and Faculty of Electro-mechanics. 
The courses described at nr.9 and nr.10 are designed for students of Faculty of Navigation. 
After the final tests, at the end of courses, they will get Certificates for each course. 
All students, who have IMO certificates and passed the medical examinations, will get the Seaman’s Book and the Apprentice Certificate of Competency (Endorsement), according to every specialization: deck, engineering, electrical engineer. 
After obtaining the Seaman’s Book and the Apprentice Certificate of Competency (Endorsement), the students can develop their practice onboard ships. This practice (min 12 months for deck department, min 6 months for engine room department) is mandatory for the Certificate of Competency exam: marine deck officer, marine engineer officer, or marine electrical officer. 
Students’ practice can be developed on board ships (coastal vessels excluded) during international voyages. In order to ensure the students’ practice on board ships, for the students to build up the minimum period required for their Certificate of Competency examination, CMU signed collaboration protocols with 22 crewing agencies.  
The crewing agencies, which signed the protocols, develop cadets’ programs on board ships; now students in the 3rd, 4th and 5th years of study, from all marine specializations, scoring good school grades, are sailing in international voyages.