Dr Inga Bartusevičienė (Education Sciences) is Assistant Professor of Maritime Education and Training (MET) at the World Maritime University (Sweden). Two decades of academic experience in teaching teachers and students and theoretical insights encouraged her to search for an answer to the question: what teaching/learning innovations should be used to improve learning outcomes? Educational effectiveness became her main research topic.
Prior to joining the WMU, she was involved in an international transportation business. Willingness to share with students her experience of, and knowledge about, the management of private business brought her to the Lithuanian Maritime Academy (LMA) in 2000, to become her principal workplace for the subsequent 19 years, including last six years in the position of Deputy Director for Academic Affairs.
Studies at the World Maritime University (WMU) specializing in MET opened her mind and helped her understand an international nature of the maritime business, the importance of MET, and its impact on maritime safety on a global scale. After graduating from the WMU in 2003, she returned to the LMA, bringing ideas of how to make the Academy a modern and attractive place for work and studies. She contributed to the implementation of over 20 projects by attracting investments from the EU funds (i.e. ERDF, ESF, EFF, Twinning) in order to significantly upgrade the LMA educational environment:
- 12 different simulators were updated/installed, including the ones of Navigation, Engine, GMDSS, and Cargo Handling which were combined into a virtual ship; the mathematical model of the Klaipėda Port was installed in the Bridge simulator and subsequently used to train pilots to navigate the LNG FSRU Independence to the Klaipėda Port; other simulators included those of Port Operation, High Voltage, etc.
- teaching/learning innovations were introduced, i.e. distance learning opportunities were extended and a Knowledge and e-Services Centre was established in the former library;
- study/short time course programmes were updated/developed;
- a number of study books were prepared and published;
- research, international contacts, and expert activity were significantly improved.
The combination of two decades of academic work and the experience of the management of an academic institution as well as of work in the EU-funded project implementation and in an international transportation business developed her expertise, willingness, and ability to share knowledge and skills in related fields.