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Singapore maritime internship programme sees growing demand technology students

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Reflecting increasing impact of technology on shipping the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore’s (MPA) global internship award is seeing an increased demand computing and data analytics skills.

On Friday 47 students received internship awards under the programme which is now in sixth year. A total of 33 companies participated in the programme this year including eight new participants, including Alpha Ori, Jurong Port, DNV GL and Lloyd’s Register.

The programme does not just cater to maritime studies students and awards come to students from multi-disciplines, including IT and computer science to data analytics. The 12-week programme covers local placement and an overseas attachment of up to six weeks.

MPA chief executive Quah Ley Hoon noted that there over 5,000 companies in Singapore offering maritime careers. “This is also an exciting time for Maritime Singapore as we embrace the latest technologies to position Singapore as a leading global maritime hub,” she said.

“The demand for data analytics, IT and computer science students will grow. MPA will continue to work closely with industry stakeholders and institutes of higher learning, to sustain the pipeline of skilled talents for Maritime Singapore.”

Leonard Wong, an Information Systems undergraduate at the Singapore Management University, was awarded an internship with maritime technology company Alpha Ori. “I have always been intrigued by the maritime sector and the people working behind the scenes to manage highly interlinked global supply chains and facilitate transnational movement of goods,” Wong said.

“Moreover, the industry is undergoing digital transformation and I want to be part of this exciting revolution, leveraging technology to make sea-bound trade more productive and cost efficient and for countries to prosper along the way.”

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