Mar­itime Academy to open its doors in Lar­naca in Septem­ber

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The Univer­sity of Nicosia and strate­gic part­ners have es­tab­lished the Mar­itime Academy that will open its doors in Lar­naca in Septem­ber, by of­fer­ing ded­i­cated mar­itime and ship­ping cour­ses.

The course will be taught in English and in­clude Ship­ping & Lo­gis­tics Man­age­ment, Mar­itime Trans­port, Marine En­gi­neer­ing and Marine Elec­tri­cal Tech­nol­ogy.

The Academy was in­au­gu­rated dur­ing a sign­ing cer­e­mony in Lar­naca, be­tween the Univer­sity of Nicosia, the Arab Academy of Sciences, Tech­nol­ogy and Mar­itime Trans­port and the Eastern Mediter­ranean In­sti­tute of Mar­itime Af­fairs, with the sup­port of In­ter­col­lege Lar­naca, which will house the academy at its seafront fa­cil­i­ties.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Mar­ios Deme­tri­ades said the agree­ment “marks an im­por­tant mile­stone in our roadmap to­wards what has been the vi­sion for the last twenty years.”

“In the last decade the ship­ping in­dus­try has on sev­eral oc­ca­sions warned against an im­pend­ing short­age of qual­i­fied labour on board Cyprus-flagged ships,” he said.

“The avail­abil­ity of skilled hu­man re­sources is at the very core of eco­nomic growth and em­ploy­ment in the mar­itime clus­ter as more and more of the mar­itime ac­tiv­i­ties be­come ‘knowl­edge de­pen­dent’,” he said, adding that “ac­cess to high qual­ity mar­itime ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing should be at the top of the na­tional agen­das of all mar­itime na­tions.”

Deme­tri­ades said that mar­itime ed­u­ca­tion has been non-ex­is­tent, although Cyprus is one of the largest mar­itime clus­ters world­wide. Univer­si­ties were only es­tab­lished in Cyprus dur­ing the last two decades and mar­itime tech­nol­ogy and trans­porta­tion stud­ies need to be in­te­grated in their pro­grammes.

De­fence Min­is­ter Christo­foros Fokaides said that launch­ing the Academy is “an achieve­ment that is in­dica­tive of the long stand­ing ties of friend­ship, trust and mu­tual re­spect that Cyprus and Egypt share.”

An achieve­ment, he added, “that re­flects the high im­por­tance that both our coun­tries at­tach to the pro­mo­tion of sta­bil­ity, de­vel­op­ment and pros­per­ity in our re­gion of the eastern Mediter­ranean.”

In­ter­col­lege and Mar­itime Academy Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Stylianos Mavro­mous­takos said that the Academy will also of­fer se­cu­rity cour­ses in ac­cor­dance with STCW, cour­ses on safety for the hy­dro­car­bons in­dus­try (OPITO), cour­ses for cook­ing on board ves­sels, port man­age­ment and for cap­tains of small ves­sels.

The event was also ad­dressed by the Pres­i­dent of the Arab Academy of Sciences, Tech­nol­ogy and Mar­itime Trans­port Is­mail Ab­del Gha­far.

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