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Singapore, China to promote talent and academic exchange in maritime sector

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Singapore’s port authority and China’s Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to support talent and academic exchange between the two countries in the maritime sector.

Under the MOU, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and SMU will cooperate in two focus areas, namely talent exchange and academic exchange.

The talent exchange vertical seeks to support the exchange of speakers/lecturers for events/courses, and host student visits in Singapore and Shanghai. The academic exchange will organise training programmes and field studies between MPA Academy, the training arm of MPA, and SMU.

“The MOU is a strategic move for our two maritime capitals to strengthen connectivity, share expertise and facilitate knowledge exchange. Shanghai Maritime University is one leading global maritime university with specialisations in the maritime, shipping and transport sectors. This MoU will enhance information and talent exchange between Singapore and China,” said Quah Ley Hoon, chief executive of MPA.

Lu Jing, president of SMU, commented: “With a history of more than 110 years, Shanghai Maritime University has always been committed to the cultivation of shipping talents, and also attaches great importance to the exchanges and cooperation with the industry both at home and abroad. Singapore is one leading international shipping centre with a thriving maritime ecosystem. It’s believed that the cooperation between SMU and MPA will contribute to promoting the maritime industry development of China and Singapore.”

The MOU was signed at a virtual ceremony last Friday at the sidelines of the 2nd Singapore-Shanghai Comprehensive Cooperation Council (SSCCC).

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