Emirates International Maritime Academy, HCT sign MoU on training U.A.E.’s future maritime engineers and seafarers

DUBAI: The Emirates International Maritime Academy (EIMA) will collaborate with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) on investigating avenues for the training of U.A.E.’s future maritime engineers and seafarers, according to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed today by Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World and Chairman of EIMA, and Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology.

EIMA, in a joint press release, said under the terms of the MoU, the parties will work together on developing a partnership for academic cooperation and training in the general maritime field including seafarer, maritime engineering and naval architecture programmes.

Pursuant to the MoU, the scope of the future agreement between the parties will see HCT grant to EIMA preferred institute status for conducting HCT s practical and technical training related to marine engineering, naval architecture and the internationally prescribed Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) safety-based courses for seafarers within the Academy.

Under any formal agreement, EIMA will provide HCT students studying seafaring with a range of industry-relevant and accredited short courses, including the STCW, SOLAS, IMO, OPITO, NTA and DNV courses.

In addition, it is proposed that HCT students will have access to EIMA facilities for work experience, as well as at Drydocks World Dubai (DDWD) which would provide full facilities for technical training and experiential exposure at its shipyard.

The parties agree that the scope of any future project and relationship will include the HCT providing faculty members and resources for managerial skills and leadership training offered by EIMA. HCT would also offer to EIMA and DDWD education and training programmes in courses such as leadership and Maritime Engineering and Naval Architecture.

Mr. Buamim, described the agreement with HCT as a landmark association between two great organisations of U.A.E. which represent the embodiment of the vision of our wise leadership. “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.

On his part, Mr. Kamali, described the agreement with EIMA as a further step in advancing HCT s maritime programmes. “The Higher Colleges of Technology is proud to be developing the U.A.E.’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,” he said.

The current infrastructure at EIMA can accommodate up to 20,000 students a year and the plan is to develop a maritime centre of excellence including the establishment of a research institute with the largest Towing Tank facility in the world.