Future oceanographers take note: the Marine Institute, situated on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, is an internationally known school for ocean studies. The institute features the world’s largest flume tank, a remotely operated vehicle simulator, and a large aquaculture facility, to name a few of its unique facilities. Affiliated with Memorial University, it offers more than 20 certificate, diploma, degree, and graduate programs across six locations in and around St. John’s.
The Marine Institute’s main academic departments are fisheries, maritime studies, and ocean technology. Areas of study range from nautical science and ocean mapping to fire rescue, aquaculture, and marine diesel mechanics. To support these programs, as well as its applied research initiatives, it has a number of specialized training centres. The Centre for Marine Simulation is the most comprehensive facility of its kind in North America, capable of simulating complex ocean missions. The Offshore Safety and Survival Centre provides a range of safety and survival training for various fishing and land-based industries.
Applied research takes place at specialized centres like the Centre for Applied Ocean Technology, which also employs graduates from the technology program. The school has strong international connections, with 120 research projects in 50 countries.