Dubai to build maritime university

Maritime City development to house education, training and research academy.
Dubai to build maritime university
By Daniel Canty
Wed 03 Oct 2007 04:02 PM

Dubai Maritime City (DMC), the world's first purpose-built maritime centre, has announced it has commenced negotiations with the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU) to construct an academic centre for maritime science in the Academic Quarter of the Maritime City.

The proposed Maritime Education University will be a fully comprehensive education, training, and research institute for maritime science, and will play a key role in the creation of a pool of professional manpower for the global maritime industry.

The IAMU was founded in 1999 by seven universities from five continents, and now comprises 47 institutions, all of which have a shared recognition of the significance of maritime education and training.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the two parties to inaugurate the joint maritime academy strategy, and to organise collaboration to build sustainable capacity in maritime education.

"The shortage of qualified manpower in the maritime industry today is of enormous concern, as the shortage affects the seagoing, management, educational and other crucial components of the industry," explained Amer Ali, CEO of Dubai Maritime City.

"To address this situation, it is our goal to build a state-of-the-art institute that is built around the needs of the global maritime industry in the 21st century, With the support of key players, such as IAMU, we hope to create a large, qualified and available pool of manpower, right at the heart of the maritime industry in the Middle East," added Ali.

The university will offer an array of full-time and short courses, covering at least ten disciplines including maritime law; maritime engineering management; IT in maritime; logistics; environment management; ship management and operation; and ship building management among others. The 27,000m² University will also be affiliated with a research and development (R&D) institute to assist doctorate students with their studies.

"Dubai Maritime City is currently engaged in dialogue with several other maritime-related universities, as it is our strategy to establish one main anchor for the Maritime Education University, plus additional institutions as required," said Ali Al-Daboos, COO at Dubai Maritime City.

Dubai Maritime City is currently progressing ahead of schedule in the development of a multi-dimensional maritime centre providing a unique environment for the global maritime community. On completion, the development will incorporate residential, commercial, and industrial quarters, in addition to a dedicated maritime centre and marina district.

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