“On board a ship, you are paid to think things through!”
Interview with Professor Dr.-Ing. Holger Watter from the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences about theory and practice in education.
“Your practical knowledge is the theoretical.” Professor Holger Watter repeats this statement three times during our interview about increasing automation in maritime technology. We are sitting in the university cafeteria in Flensburg, where he has served two years as president. What does digitization contribute? What do trainees and students need to acquire by the end of their apprenticeships if they plan on smooth sailing in a maritime 4.0 world? And why, with as much as we love high-resolution line charts, network systems and tables on large monitors, do we still actually need analog displays?