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Industry-backed MoU set to boost UAE maritime further education

Industry-backed MoU set to boost UAE maritime further education
An MoU to improve education provision in the UAE for seafarers, marine engineers and naval architects has been signed by Khamis Buamim, chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World.

Buamim signed the document in his capacity as chairman of the Emirates International Maritime Academy (EIMA), agreeing a wide-ranging cooperation with the UAE's Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT).

HCT, an institution with 20,000 students across 17 campuses, will grant emerging education provider EIMA preferred status to conduct its practical and technical training related to marine engineering, naval architecture and other maritime courses.

In return, EIMA will offer short courses to HCT students on accredited short courses including STCW, SOLAS, IMO, OPITO, NTA and DNV courses.

A proposal is also in place to offer HCT students access to EIMA facilities for work experience, with Drydocks World Dubai providing full facilities for technical training and offering experiential exposure at its shipyard.

"This is a landmark association between two great organisations of the UAE which represent the embodiment of the vision of our wise leadership," commented Buamim.

"We, as the largest maritime service facility in the region are delighted to have arrived at this MoU with HCT, which is a leading education provider in the country with a prime focus on local national development.

"The MoU will be the basis for providing a firm foundation for maritime education and training to students who wish to be a part of the rapidly growing maritime, oil, gas, energy & offshore sectors."

Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of HCT added: "HCT is proud to be developing the UAE's first bachelor degrees for the maritime industry, and we look forward to the potential enhancement of these with the relevant practical experience and safety short courses offered by the Emirates International Maritime Academy and Drydocks World."

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