Rome - A project to establish a degree course in “Marine Engineering”, promoted by Roma Tre University, in collaboration with the Lazio Region and the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR), was presented at Ostia. The project envisages the creation of a university centre, on the premises of the former Enalc Hotel in Ostia, and the establishment of a course specializing in the study of marine renewable energy, one of the few available in Italy. The centre will train engineers of the future in the design and development of offshore platforms, wind farms and underwater turbines, with the collaboration of the National Research Centre (CNR), particularly of INSEAN, as well as ASI (Italian Space Agency). The start of academic work is scheduled to begin in October 2018. “We’ve been able to respond to a significant challenge for our region by seizing in a timely fashion the chance to set up in Ostia a centre of academic excellence that will create new opportunities for study and work for students from all over Italy”, said the Dean of Roma Tre University, Luca Pietromarchi. “We’ve established an opportunity of great importance for Ostia, which will result in the training of highly specialized professionals. The course, established with the support of MIUR and the Lazio Region, represents the fulfilment of our university’s third mission statement, which beyond the academic and scientific ones, looks to forge a fruitful relationship with the environment.” The academic work will combine a strong groundwork in industrial engineering with an unprecedented orientation towards applications in the marine environment, with due consideration given to both the development of renewable marine energy technologies, and to the development of coastal facilities and shoreline protection, with a view to greater environmental sustainability.