Split Receives Most Modern Planetarium in Dalmatia

Daniela Rogulj

December 18, 2019 – The Faculty of Maritime Studies in Split opened a planetarium and student cafeteria, worth a total of 4.5 million kuna, and celebrated the 60th anniversary of that faculty. 

T.portal writes that the Planetarium was opened by Marijana Kedzo Miskovic, wife of missing Captain Dino Miskovic of the Bourbon Rhode ship, which sank in the Atlantic in late September.

The planetarium and student cafeteria was built with the help of the University of Split, the Split-Dalmatia County, the City of Split, and the companies Plovput and the Port Authority of Split.

The Rector of the University of Split, Dragan Ljutic, reminded those present that this is the second planetarium in Split, in addition to the one on Mosor, adding that he thinks that rarely any city, university and Faculty of Maritime Studies can boast the same.

“I am grateful for that. You know full well that our university is recognizable, by far the best from the Czech Republic to Poland and Greece, and this is another example of how we educate outstanding seafarers. We can all be proud of what we had the opportunity to see tonight, “said Rector Ljutic.

The Dean of the Faculty of Maritime Studies, Pero Vidan, emphasized that after 28 years, Split would receive another planetarium that will serve the education of students in the subject of celestial navigation, and will be open to students of secondary and elementary schools.

He said that the Faculty of Maritime Studies has dedicated the planetarium to all seafarers who cannot be with them and their families during the holidays. He also shared that the value of the project is 4.5 million kuna.

“The role of the planetarium, according to the STCW Convention on Student Education, serves to calculate the position of the ship with the help of celestial bodies. Our students will really enjoy it, and celestial navigation will be like a game,” said Dean Vidan. He also said the newly opened canteen would help raise the student standard.

The City of Split helped fund the construction of the planetarium and student cafeteria with 300,000 kuna, and Mayor Andro Krstulovic Opara said that it raises the quality of the university and the Faculty of Maritime Studies, which celebrates its 60th year. However, the tradition of maritime affairs in Split is centuries-old.

“The 800 years of documented seafaring in our city overlaps with the 60 years of the Faculty of Maritime Studies, which is certainly one of the most excellent components of our University of Split. I am proud that such cutting-edge science has been recognized around the world in the most beautiful way possible and with our help,” said Mayor Krstulovic Opara.

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