In addition to extensive experience from working on design of a variety of ships for different customers – and in many cases also having had hands-on shipyard experience – almost all ICE employees have a solid academic background with degrees in naval architecture or other engineering disciplines. Many were awarded their degrees from the Dunărea de Jos (“the Lower Danube”) University in Galati. This 12,000-student university includes a naval architecture faculty with nearly 500 students and also undertakes research and teaching in several other engineering disciplines and in other academic fields. ICE maintains a close relationship with the University, including through student internships and sponsorships.
It was therefore natural that Sorin Brazdis, Managing Director of ICEPRONAV Engineering SRL in October was invited with other prominent employers in the field of shipbuilding, ship design and related activities to meet a commission from the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (“ARACIS”) that made an evaluation visit to the Faculty of Naval Architecture of the University. This was a periodic assessment of two higher education programs, namely (i) Naval Architecture and (ii) Naval Systems and Equipment. The meeting was followed by a visit to ICE design offices, were Sorin briefed the ARACIS delegation on ICE’s resources and capabilities.
Established in 2005, the main mission of ARACIS is to independently monitor and evaluate the quality of higher education in Romania. In addition to program accreditation, ARACIS periodically formulates and reviews national reference standards and performance indicators to ensure that Romania maintains its internationally recognized excellence of higher education, including in the field of naval architecture.
The picture shows the ARACIS delegation together with Naval Architecture Faculty representatives and ICE management team in front of ICE’s primary office building.
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