Maritime Academy to open its doors in Larnaca in September
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.