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Friday, December 15, 2017

Post-graduate education plans formulated for seafaring officers

INTERTANKO joined leading Maritime Universities last weekend (6-8 July 2007) in exploratory talks on the development of post-graduate education courses for seafaring officers. The meeting, organised by the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU), was hosted by Shanghai Maritime University and brought together representatives from leading maritime universities in Asia, Europe and the United States, the shipping industry and maritime administrations.

 

Outline plans were formulated for the establishment of a programme of post-graduate courses covering a wide range of maritime subjects to be centred in Dubai, with the support of the Dubai Maritime Centre and backed by a network of international universities, colleges and academies. The prospective student intake would include senior deck and engineering officers, as well as staff from the various maritime industries. Master and doctoral degree programmes are envisaged, as well as research programmes, which could include topics such as development of alternative methods of manning, safety management, green ship technologies, etc.

 

INTERTANKO MD Dr. Peter Swift, in a presentation to the meeting (click here), spoke of the “People Challenge” in the context of the several challenges facing the industry, and the new focus on “quality people” as a prime means of achieving “quality shipping”. He also highlighted the associated initiatives underway in INTERTANKO ranging from the Poseidon Challenge to the development of the Maritime Information Knowledge Centre (via the Maritime Industries Foundation), as well as the projects being undertaken by INTERTANKO’s Human Element (in Shipping) Committee.

 

The parties present agreed to establish a task force under the coordination of the IAMU, which, inter alia, will develop proposals for relevant education programmes and support mechanisms including financing, with the aim of completing a feasibility study by end March 2008. The shipping industry and administrations have been invited to assist in this work.

 

For further information:

Contact: Peter Swift