New agreement to boost shipping education in Malta

New agreement to boost shipping education in Malta

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and the Malta Maritime Forum have signed an MoU, aiming to support the education of shipping professionals in Malta, as part of the island’s maritime growth strategy.

Under the terms of the MoU signed in mid-July, the Institute will support the MMF in delivering courses and supporting students from the start of the upcoming academic year in September 2017.

According to Michael Callus, Chairman of the MMF Sub-Committee for Education, the country lacks higher professional courses for ship agency, terminal operators and port authority staff.

“Until now, there has been reliance on on-the-job training but the changing dynamics of logistics means we have to adapt. Excellence in multimodal transport and logistics are essential for Malta to remain competitive in attracting investment”, he said.

The MMF, together with various educational entities and maritime associated partners will advertise the careers available in shipping at grass roots levels, starting with Secondary Schools, aiming to ultimately serve as a catalyst for increased maritime education and specialised courses in Malta.

“As Malta looks to build its market position with new professional qualifications, the Institute is delighted to be supporting the next generation of maritime professionals in their quest for knowledge and education”,  says Julie Lithgow, Director of the Institute.