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Naval Academy Deluged by Applicants
June 17, 2009 By Marek Grzybowski   
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The state-run Gdynia-based Polish Naval Academy (AMW) has been deluged by applicants who have set their sights on becoming Navy officers. A total of 310 hopefuls have applied for just 45 places on offer, meaning that there are seven applicants for every opening.

Last year's demand was similar, meaning the academy is one of the most popular colleges in Poland.

Applicants will take entrance exams in July. The academy runs a points system. Each candidate can score up to 440 points, of which 300 are awarded based on an applicant's high school graduation exam results. Of the remaining 140 points, 100 are available for a fitness test and 40 depending on how a candidate performs during an interview.

During the interview, skills that may prove of advantage during a course at the academy and in professional military service are taken into consideration, including ability in foreign languages, sports, life saving and scuba diving.

The academy is the only school in the country to offer future officers courses in navigation-at the Faculty of Navigation and Naval Weapons, and in mechanical engineering-at the Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.

The academy maintains working contacts with domestic and foreign schools, including in France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, the Netherlands, Denmark, Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine. Cadets at the Gdynia academy have achieved success in international sports competitions in France, Turkey and Italy.

The academy organizes international conferences on navigation and maritime safety.
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