Tuesday, 28 October 2014

WMU, Malmo and MAN, Oron partnership on course – Rector

World Maritime University, WMU continues to hold sway as the apex global institution in matters bordering on Maritime Education and Training (MET). It is an enviable status WMU has upheld and cherished for many decades. Renowned for its international re-engineering and the integration of maritime professional ideas, views and opinions across various cultures of the world, WMU has become like the final bus stop in MET for sector technocrats and professionals the world over. 

Also, affiliation with WMU is a highly respected and responsible channel of sector manpower development. Not many Maritime institutions are affiliated to the WMU due mainly to its high standard of self-auditing and efficient service delivery index. Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron has the enviable record of being Nigeria’s first, most reliable and most recognised Maritime training institution to date and has in the past one year been on its toes as no effort is spared in its pursuit of realisable collaboration with the WMU.

The process commenced in march 2013 with the official visit of then President of WMU Proff Bjorn Kjerfve to Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron and a return visit to Malmo recently by the Rector of the Academy, accompanied by some directors of schools, viz, Master Mariners, Marine Engineers and Maritime Education and Training experts, with emphasis on STCW-based and Maritime Transport programmes.

 The Academy’s Management met very recently and has been strategising to meet its obligations, upgrade both its programmes and status as well as satisfy the expectations of its end-users and stakeholders, in line with the demands of the 2-day meetings held between the top officers of WMU and Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron in Malmo, Sweden. Prof Neil Bellefontaine, the Acting President of WMU and Prof Micheal Manuel, WMU’S TEAM LEADER, have been forceful in driving the collaboration process from their end while the Rector who was accompanied by Dr. Egbe Okore, Dr.(Mrs.) Arit Mkpandiok, Dr. Kevin Okonna, Capt. Francis Kponu, Engr. Maurice Ijeoma, Capt. Fatai Balogun and Mrs. Odo Ansa-Eno.

Areas of emphasis during the said meeting were, Evolution of Quality Standards in Maritime Education and Training (MET), STCN process Overview, Review of International obligations, Quality Systems, Competence-based standards, to mention but some.

In a related development, the Management of the Academy also confirmed the review of fees payable by Cadets of the Academy. The new amount which were an

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