MSSU-ONMU Memorandum of Understanding

January 17, 2013

Dr. J. Chris Moos
(417) 625-9703

ukraine signingJOPLIN, MO (SNS) - A Memorandum of Understanding between Missouri Southern State University and the Odessa National Maritime University (Odessa, Ukraine) was signed on Wednesday, Jan.16.

The signing took  place in the office of Missouri Southern President Dr. Bruce W. Speck.

The MOU results from Missouri Southern's participation in an International Business competition (Ukraine National 'International Logistics' competition)  in April 2012 that took place in Odessa.  The MSSU team took first in the Case Analysis section of the competition. 
"This Memorandum is the first step so that MSSU and ONMU can work together in areas such as student exchange, faculty exchange, joint research and other collaborative efforts," said Dr. J. Chris Moos, Marketing & Finance department head.

Dr. Moos said Odessa National Maritime University  has two areas that match well with MSSU: The school has a Management program that fits with MSSU's Management program and it teaches International Transportation, Logistics and Port Management which fits well with Southern's International Business program.

ONMU is a versatile educational institution which prepares experts of all educational-qualifying levels for full maintenance of personnel requirements for maritime and inland waterways administration.

It was established in 1930 as the Odessa Institute of Water Transport Engineers. The University was awarded national status by the Decree of the President of Ukraine in 2002 in consideration of its national and international significance and activities.

The university is a member of the European Association of Universities and the Southeast European Association of Transport Researches (SEATREF).

ONMU has prepared staff for maritime fleets of foreign countries since 1950. In that time more than 1,350 experts have been trained for 72 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.


In photo (left to right): Dr. Pat Lipira, Dr. J. Chris Moos, Dr. Bruce W. Speck, Dr. John Groesbeck