Cooperation between MSTI and respected UK academy to strengthen Hong Kong maritime training and industry
17 March 2016
Hong Kong’s maritime industry was given a substantial boost following the signing today (17 March) of a Memorandum of Understanding between the renowned Warsash Maritime Academy of Southampton Solent University (WMA), UK and Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI), member institution of the Vocational Training Council (VTC). The two institutions will jointly provide top-up degree programme for MSTI higher diploma graduates, offering an international progression pathway for local maritime services personnel.
The MOU was signed by Dr Lawrence CHAN, VTC Deputy Executive Director and Professor John CHUDLEY, Provost, Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton Solent University. HKSAR Director of Marine Maisie CHENG, Frances MOFFETT-KOUADIO, British Trade Commissioner to Hong Kong and Macao, Professor Graham BALDWIN, Vice Chancellor, Southampton Solent University, Sabrina CHAO, Chairman of Hong Kong Shipowners Association and VTC Executive Director Carrie YAU witnessed the milestone collaboration.
Guest of honour, Maisie CHENG, Director of Marine, supported the cooperation between two institutions She said, “To sustain the growth of the industry, it is very important to ensure the continued supply and development of professionals to meet the demands of the maritime sector, including the provision of home-grown talent with seafaring skills and experience so that they can fill a wide range of jobs in the future.”
VTC Executive Director Carrie YAU said, “The collaboration between MSTI and WMA signifies the commitment of both parties in nurturing world-class professionals for Hong Kong’s shipping companies and the maritime industry as a whole.” Delighted with the cooperation, she added that the partnership extended the network and articulation pathways of VTC. In the near future, a top-up degree programme in collaboration with WMA would be launched, aiming to equip graduating students for more and varied employment opportunities.
Professor Graham BALDWIN, Vice Chancellor, Southampton Solent University, also expressed his satisfaction with the collaboration between the two institutions. He was delighted that the University’s Warsash Maritime Academy is being recognised in this way by MSTI. They look forward to working with colleagues in Hong Kong, providing a world-class education and creating skilled professionals for the maritime industry.
MSTI will be the first institution with which Warsash Maritime Academy has entered into an arrangement to offer a top-up degree programme outside the UK. MSTI also signed the first-ever MOU with an overseas institution providing a framework of cooperation between the two parties in the areas of staff and student exchanges that extends the international perspective of teachers and students and enhances seafaring knowledge. It is also planned that a joint top-up degree programme, BSc (Hons) Marine Operations Management, will be provided for MSTI graduates in furthering professional maritime training in general and the professional level of personnel of the two regions in particular.
The world’s premier maritime education and training provider with a long history, Warsash Maritime Academy of Southampton Solent University has provided education, training, consultancy and research services to the international shipping, commercial yacht, and offshore oil and gas industries for nearly 70 years. During the Second World War, its predecessor training school offered training for officers from the armed services, A considerable number of its graduates and professors have also served in the UK Royal Navy.
The Maritime Services Training Institute（MSTI）is a member of VTC Group. Located at Tai Lam Chung, Tuen Mun, MSTI has been offering professional training for new entrants, local and foreign seafarers, and employees of marine-related and shore-based industry to meet the local standards and international requirements of the marine industry since 1988. The Institute provides pre-employment courses such as the Junior General Purpose Rating Course for Secondary 3 school leavers and the Higher Diploma Course in Maritime Studies for Secondary 6 leavers. MSTI also provides various mandatory safety training to meet local rules and regulations.