Fred­er­ick Mar­itime Fo­rum fo­cuses on ‘blue econ­omy’ and fu­ture jobs

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The fu­ture prospects of jobs in the ship­ping sec­tor, known as the ‘blue econ­omy’, were the main fo­cus of this year’s fifth an­nual “Mar­itime Fo­rum 2018” hosted by Fred­er­ick Uni­ver­sity in Li­mas­sol.

The con­fer­ence on “The Blue Growth and its in­ter­ac­tion with the Cypriot Econ­omy”, was or­gan­ised by the De­part­ment of Mar­itime Stud­ies of Fred­er­ick Uni­ver­sity, un­der the aus­pices of Deputy Min­is­ter of Ship­ping, Natasa Pilides and in the pres­ence of Li­mas­sol Mayor Ni­cos Ni­co­laides. The con­fer­ence was chaired by shipowner, for­mer Pres­i­dent of the Cyprus Ship­ping Cham­ber and Vis­it­ing Pro­fes­sor at Fred­er­ick Uni­ver­sity Capt. Eu­gen Adami.

The topic this year was par­tic­u­larly rel­e­vant due to the con­tin­u­ally im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion of ship­ping and in­ter­na­tional trade to the Cyprus’s econ­omy and the pos­i­tive out­look for greater ex­pan­sion in the near fu­ture. The ‘blue econ­omy’ and growth are part of a greater Eu­ro­pean Union strategy for the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of the mar­itime and ship­ping sec­tors. The EU for­mally ac­knowl­edges that our seas rep­re­sent dy­namic sources of in­no­va­tion and de­vel­op­ment. A re­lated study pub­lished by the Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity finds that de­mand for pro­fes­sion­als in the blue econ­omy is an­tic­i­pated to spike in the pe­riod 2016-2026, at the end of which one in ten work­ers are to be em­ployed in blue econ­omy sec­tors.

The con­fer­ence was ad­dressed by Mr Costas Ia­covou, Act­ing Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary of the Deputy Min­istry of Ship­ping, who pre­sented the strate­gic tasks of the Min­istry. At the same time, Mr Ia­covou praised the con­tri­bu­tion of Fred­er­ick Uni­ver­sity in in­tro­duc­ing and devel­op­ing mar­itime ed­u­ca­tion in Cyprus. The con­fer­ence was also ad­dressed by Dr Christo­foros Char­alam­bous, Di­rec­tor of Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Fi­nance at Fred­er­ick Uni­ver­sity who fo­cused on the de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties emerg­ing from Blue Growth and the ne­ces­sity for academia and prac­ti­tion­ers to col­lab­o­rate both in ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing. In her ad­dress, Pro­fes­sor Eleni Had­ji­con­stanti­nou, Dean of School Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Law of Fred­er­ick Uni­ver­sity high­lighted the vi­sion of the Uni­ver­sity to be es­tab­lished as a lead­ing cen­tre of mar­itime ed­u­ca­tion, not only in Cyprus, but in the broader re­gion of the Eastern Mediter­ranean. The un­der­grad­u­ate and post­grad­u­ate Pro­grammes of the School were men­tioned, with par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis to the BSc. in Mar­itime Stud­ies, the MSc. in In­ter­na­tional Trade and Ship­ping Busi­ness, the MA/LLM in Mar­itime Law, the MBA, the pro­posed MSc in Marine Engi­neer­ing and the Pro­fes­sional Cour­ses lead­ing to the Mer­chant Navy li­cense of 3rd En­gi­neer and com­bined 2nd/ Chief En­gi­neer Of­fi­cer.

Dur­ing the con­fer­ence Rod Beams re­ceived a prize of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion in the es­tab­lish­ment of the Cyprus Mar­itime Tech­nol­ogy Academy (“CyMarTA”) of Fred­er­ick Uni­ver­sity in Li­mas­sol. Also, the names of the first two Cypriot “Marine En­gi­neers” who suc­cess­fully com­pleted their train­ing at the newly es­tab­lished CyMarTA were an­nounced.

A Mem­o­ran­dum of Co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the De­part­ment of Mar­itime Stud­ies and the In­ter­na­tional Clas­si­fi­ca­tion So­ci­ety DNV GL re­gard­ing mar­itime re­search and pro­fes­sional train­ing was also signed. DNV GL pro­vides clas­si­fi­ca­tion and tech­ni­cal as­sur­ance along with soft­ware and in­de­pen­dent ex­pert ad­vi­sory ser­vices to the mar­itime, oil and gas and en­ergy in­dus­tries. DNV GL also pro­vides cer­ti­fi­ca­tion ser­vices to cus­tomers across a wide range of in­dus­tries. The sign­ing of the Mem­o­ran­dum of Co­op­er­a­tion seals the on­go­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two or­gan­i­sa­tions.

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