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Naval Academy



Rector Rear Admiral Antoni KOMOROWSKI
Address Polish Naval Academy, Smidowicza 69, 81 -127 Gdynia, Poland
Tel. No. +48 58 626 22 79
Fax No. +48 58 620 30 91
E-mail address
Faculties & Colleges
  • Faculty of Navigation and Naval Weapons
  • Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
  • Type & length of courses - 4 - year full-time studies at the BS level
    - 2.5 year full-time studies at the MS level for graduates of the studies at the BS
    - 2 year part-time postgraduate MSc course
    - PhD individual study
    - non-residential postgraduate studies
    - supplementary courses
    Date of commencement The academic year starts on 1 October each year
    Class size 15 - 30 persons
    Accommodation Available
    Fees Polish full-time students do not pay tuition fees. Foreign students should be awarded some scholarship by their governments or by the Polish Ministry of Defence.
    Admission requirements PNA welcomes applications from all those who have acquired secondary-school education and are capable of benefiting from higher education. No potential student will be excluded as a result of discrimination on the grounds of sex, marital status, colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or creed.
    Foreign students have to submit their applications by the beginning of the academic year in October, either to the Polish Ministry, to the PNA's Vice-rector for Education. There are no limits as far as the number of foreign students is concerned. All the faculties require their students to have completed a year's Polish language course at one of the Polish schools for foreigners e.g.: The Polish Language School for Foreigners at the University of Lˇdz or the Sopot School for Foreigners, Al. Niepodleglosci 763, 81-838 Sopot.



    EDUCATION In 1995 Academy introduced a new curriculum of study. At the moment undergraduate course of study lasts 4 years, and graduates are commissioned as ensigns and are conferred the title of engineer. Each of them has opportunities to upgrade their qualifications at 2-year, master level studies an all majors offered at the Academy at the respective divisions.

    Each academic year is split into two terms- winter and summer. They embrace 15 weeks of training at the Academy and 2 weeks of examination session. Additionally there are practical training periods of approximately 9 weeks each, at sea or industrial plants. With regard to trainees' status the practical training is classed as seamanship, petty officership and officership. With regard to the contents, however, they are classed as sailing-rowing, sailing, weapons, repair technology, and command. Specific practical training courses held in the navigation and naval weapons major program are: astronomic navigation and weapons operation; and in the mechanical and electrical engineering majors program: ship damage control and skin diving.

    The aim of practical training is to familiarise the trainees with the essentials of sea environment, naval courtesy, ceremony and customs, and operation and employment of weapons and technical equipment of ships fighting means at sea.

    Future deck officers are trained to navigate during a long stay at sea aboard one of the following training ships: the ORP Gryf, the ORP Wodnik or the ORP Iskra. The potential officers-mechanics or electricians become familiar with the equipment of a power plant and principles of its operation in warships, technological, production and repair processes of the equipment at industrial plants. During the final term of study, for 10 weeks, midshipmen prepare their engineer research papers. Graduates from the undergraduate program (ensigns, engineers, sea navigators, ship mechanics, and ship electricians) can occupy the following posts:

    -aboard ship: head of ship department, executive officer, ship commanding officer; -ashore: assistant, lecturer, engineer and specialist in naval unit (institution). After the promotion and a tour of duty in naval units graduates can earn advanced academic degree at 2-year master courses in an appropriate engineering major. Since 1992 some midshipmen of NA have had opportunities to study in maritime colleges of the United States.

    The educational and personality development activities of the Academy are aimed at training highly qualified commanders and specialists for the needs of the fleet units and staffs of the navy. Altogether the are occupied by the Academy is over 25 hectares. The Academy possesses 22 buildings and 69 educational rooms, including 4 auditoriums, 27 laboratories, 16 specific-subject-study rooms and 22 lecture rooms with all necessary equipment and audio-visual aids. At the moment, the Academy employs 14 professors, 25 assistant professors and 82 doctors. They are academic teachers of high scientific and pedagogic qualifications related to shipboard service.

    Research and Development

    Apart from education, research and development constitutes an essential function of each university. In our Alma Mater it has had various dimensions, dependent on historical period, different in the between the wars period, different during the war, and still different after its conclusion. Development and modernisation of didactic base in various periods of the Academy, and adaptation and design of ships for practical raining can be listed as the most important projects realised for over seventy years, which testify to the significant role of research in support of teaching. In the between-the-wars period the following ships were built:

    The ORP Wilja, the ORP Lwˇw, the ORP Warta, mine-layer the ORP Gryf, the ORP Iskra; after the war the ORP Gryf, the ORP Wodnik, the ORP Gryf (deign - 888), the ORP Iskra, the ORP Podchorazy, the ORP Kadet and the ORP Elew. At present research projects also support the process of teaching and personality development of the students.

    Since 1960 contribution of research workers to designing, modernisation and building of naval ship has grown. Following decisions by higher superiors, the Academy has become a research and development institution. It serves as a branch institute, which means, its research and development efforts have been strictly subordinated to the requirements of the navy with regard to progress in operational-tactical concepts, technology and weapons, training and personality development. It has been assumed that the Academy will carry out major research and development projects to meet the needs of the navy - within specific specialisation, and it will use 80% of its research capacity to this end.

    The number of research achievements, which was the highest in the 1970s, decreased significantly from 1980 to 1990 due to the economic depression of the country and the weakened function of science. Despite the fact that difficulties were towering the research teams managed to successfully carry out several complex projects, piloting a series of measures. Which also included implementation. Since 1994 a significant rise in interest in research and development programs has been recorded. Over these years the Academy has carried out several research and development projects.

    Research workers have placed patent proposals with the Patent Office, which have resulted in obtaining 155 patents. They have also obtained 40 proprietary titles for utility patterns. In return for the achievements in this field the Academy has been awarded with "Meritorious Achievements in Invention and Improvement" medal and title by Prime Minister of Poland; "Defence Improvement Maker" badge; A Diploma and a Commander in Chief of the Polish Navy Cup; entering in "Honorary Book of Improvement Makers and Innovators"; a Diploma and Cup "For Meritorious Achievements for Gdansk District". Singular persons have been awards and badges for meritorious improvement maker.

    The consequences of research activities are publications - books, monographs, textbooks, manuals and articles in local and international scientific journals. Each year the personnel of the Academy publish 2-5 books and monographs, 10 textbooks, 20 manuals, 100 articles and the same number of papers at scientific conferences.

    A substantial part of research effort serves defence purposes and is concerned with building ships, equipment, gear and weapons, operational-tactical issues, problems of technical operation, personality development and support of the didactic process. These issues dominate in doctoral and post-doctoral thesis. Part of the research projects have been done (or adapted) for the needs of the maritime industries.

    The Naval Academy of today is a school of known achievements and extensive scientific contacts in Poland and abroad, among others USA, Germany, France, Portugal, Sweden, Holland, Canada. Every year it holds approximately 12 scientific conferences and symposia, 3 of them have international character. Its scientists attend a lot of international conferences. The official periodical presenting the scientific achievements of its personnel is "Zeszyty Naukowe" published for almost thirty years.

    Pictures taken at scientific conferences and symposia Executive Administration and personnel of the Academy emphasise the significance of research programs, treating the research results achieved and implemented as concrete contribution to increasing defence capacity of the Polish Navy and maritime industries of our country.


    The major duty of the Academy's students (daytime, external, and civilian-extramural) is to make full use of the educational opportunities offered. They are entitled to develop their scientific interests and participate in work of all organisations acting at the Academy: Midshipman Self-government, club activities, HYDRUS Science-fiction Club, MANTA Underwater Activity Club, ISKRA Sports Association. Sailing enjoys high popularity, and possibility of earning a patent of yachtsman and attending local and international races enhances the interest in it.

    Students, by the consent of Commandant-President, can be offered tailor-made curricula, developed for singular students.

    Students participate in various celebrations such as the anniversary of foundation of Naval Officers' School (1 October), which is the main feast-day of the Academy, academic year inauguration and matriculation of people admitted at the Academy, handing in end-of-school diplomas; Midshipman Day, promotion to the first officer rank; taking oath of office; conferring titles of doctor honoris causa, making doctoral pledge.

    Students-midshipmen are entitled to free of charge uniforms (service and working), full board and accommodation at midshipman's halls (two-bedded) rooms. They receive complete equipment necessary to study and monthly pay whose amount depends on the class, military rank, performed functions and midshipman achievement.

    Extramural and external civilian students and participants in various courses pay tuition fees whose amount changes every year. In the course of study they can stay and eat at Academy's hotel (paid as in other students' halls in Tricity.


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