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SMA celebrates 50th anniversary

SMA celebrates 50th anniversary

Singapore: The Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA) at Singapore Polytechnic has marked its 50th year as a leading institution by launching a maritime satellite communication centre and a $260,000 graduate scholarship programme.

The $500,000 centre, called SatCom@SMA, is the result of a memorandum of understanding signed in April by Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) and Global Wireless. It will allow students to experience simulated satellite communication between on-board vessels and a shipping company's offices in addition to offering a suite of maritime communication applications for learning.

"SatCom@SMA will enable students to learn about the latest in satellite communications technology and gain valuable practical experience to complement their classroom theory lessons," said Titus Yong, SingTel vp for satellites. "We are also pleased with our innovative satellite applications that will enhance crew welfare, we can help the maritime industry address a key manpower issue of attracting and retaining talents in the maritime sector - especially the next generation of seafarers who are better educated and technology-savvy."

SMA will also offer three full scholarships per year to deserving graduates to pursue maritime degree courses at institutions such as NTU, Netherlands's Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz, etc.  The scholarship programme, which begins next academic year will continue for three years, with a total $260,000 in awards to be meted out to nine students.

 "The SMA has made great strides over the last 50 years and we are now in a happy position to provide our students with the opportunity to progress further in chosen fields," said Roland Tan (pictured), SMA director. "The scholarship fund was made possible through the contributions of staff, the fruit of their consultancy work for industry. This is indeed commendable and is a reflection of what makes SMA great - its people."

SMA offers a range of diplomas and certificate courses in marine engineering, navigation technology and shipping management. [19/10/07]