Caribbean Mar­itime In­sti­tute

“the In­sti­tu­tion of Choice”

Jamaica Gleaner - - 1 YEAR IN GOVERNMENT -

The Caribbean Mar­itime In­sti­tute (CMI) has had a mem­o­rable year with many tri­umphs and ac­com­plish­ments. These would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the un­wa­ver­ing sup­port of the Min­is­ter of Trans­port and Min­ing, Lester ‘Mike’ Henry and his team at the Min­istry, who have pro­vided guid­ance, en­dorse­ment and ad­vo­cacy through­out these past months. This part­ner­ship has re­sulted in the achieve­ment of key mile­stones. Chief among these are the fol­low­ing:

Ap­proval of the Caribbean Mar­itime Univer­sity (CMU) Bill

The Min­istry of Trans­port and Min­ing suc­cess­fully piloted the CMU Bill, which was ap­proved in Par­lia­ment in Jan­uary 2017 and was a momentous oc­ca­sion. Af­ter years of cam­paign­ing, the tran­si­tion will be­come a re­al­ity be­fore the end of 2017. This Bill es­tab­lishes the CMU as a de­gree grant­ing in­sti­tu­tion and de­fines it as a spe­cial­ized univer­sity pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing and con­sul­tancy in mar­itime, lo­gis­tics, engi­neer­ing, cus­toms, im­mi­gra­tion and re­lated fields. As a univer­sity, the in­sti­tu­tion will also be em­bark­ing on a phys­i­cal de­vel­op­ment and ex­pan­sion pro­gramme to en­able it to in­crease its stu­dent pop­u­la­tion to ap­prox­i­mately 4,000 per­sons. This will strengthen its ca­pac­ity to of­fer spe­cialised mar­itime re­lated ser­vices such as dry dock­ing; ship build­ing and con­struc­tion; naval ar­chi­tec­ture; un­der­wa­ter weld­ing; marine elec­tron­ics re­pair; avi­a­tion and ground trans­porta­tion re­pair; marine equip­ment re­pair and main­te­nance; plumb­ing; and car­pen­try.

Schol­ar­ships Pro­gramme

The CMI has con­nected di­rectly with high schools to en­sure ac­cess to spe­cialised higher ed­u­ca­tion through schol­ar­ships and de­vel­oped a pi­lot part­ner­ship with the Den­bigh High School. This part­ner­ship se­cured 10 schol­ar­ships for high school grad­u­ates to pur­sue bach­e­lor de­grees. The Den­bigh Schol­ar­ship pro­gramme will be used as the tem­plate for other sim­i­lar de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes.

FACT Cen­tre

The es­tab­lish­ment of a FESTO Au­tho­rised and Cer­ti­fied Train­ing (FACT) Cen­tre at the CMU which the Min­istry of Trans­port and Min­ing has long sup­ported, as an av­enue of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, will re­sult in high­pay­ing jobs in the mar­itime and lo­gis­tics in­dus­try thereby con­tribut­ing to in­creased rev­enues for the coun­try. The FACT Cen­tre will serve the needs of the wider Caribbean and dove­tail seam­lessly with Ja­maica be­com­ing one of the main lo­gis­tics hubs in the re­gion. Be­sides the mar­itime and har­bour/port in­dus­try, the FACT Cen­tre will fo­cus on the im­prove­ment of na­tional skills and knowl­edge in the field of in­dus­trial au­toma­tion and mecha­tron­ics. This method in­te­grates tech­nolo­gies such as pneu­mat­ics, in­dus­trial safety, pro­gram­mable logic con­trol and a full au­toma­tion lab­o­ra­tory, ad­dress­ing com­mis­sion­ing, trou­bleshoot­ing, closed loop con­trol and ro­bot­ics. This fa­cil­ity is cur­rently be­ing con­structed at the main cam­pus and is sched­uled to be com­pleted by June 2017.

In­creased En­rol­ment

There is a grow­ing de­mand for the CMI pro­gramme of­fer­ings and this is as a di­rect re­sult of the em­ploy­a­bil­ity of its grad­u­ates - 85 per cent of whom gain em­ploy­ment (lo­cally and abroad), start their own busi­nesses or ma­tric­u­late into higher stud­ies within six months of grad­u­at­ing. The stu­dent pop­u­la­tion now stands at over 3000 with 24 core pro­grammes, along with nu­mer­ous cus­tomised cour­ses. This fig­ure is ex­pected to in­crease in Septem­ber 2017 (in the new aca­demic year).

36th Grad­u­a­tion

The CMI hosted its 36th an­nual grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony on Novem­ber 10, 2016 at the Ja­maica Con­fer­ence Cen­tre. On this oc­ca­sion, ap­prox­i­mately 300 in­ter­na­tion­ally cer­ti­fied, in­dus­try ready grad­u­ates, re­ceived their pres­ti­gious de­gree cer­tifi­cates, to fur­ther shape the lo­gis­tics and mar­itime land­scapes. This year was the first grad­u­a­tion ex­er­cise that was held un­der the lead­er­ship of the re­cently ap­pointed Board of Di­rec­tors.

Mar­itime Aware­ness Week

The Mar­itime com­mu­nity, both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally once again cel­e­brated World Mar­itime Day un­der the aus­pices of the In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Or­ga­ni­za­tion (IMO) un­der the theme “Ship­ping – In­dis­pens­able to the World” dur­ing Septem­ber 26 and 30, 2016. Ja­maica played its part by un­der­tak­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to cre­ate aware­ness lo­cally, which in­cluded a ser­vice at the Haven Hill Bap­tist Church, a two (2) day open house ca­reer ex­po­si­tion and Guid­ance Coun­sel­lor lo­gis­tics Sym­po­sium hosted by the CMI and the Lan­tern re­lease abroad the Caribbean Queen hosted by Women in Mar­itime As­so­ci­a­tion Caribbean to recog­nise World Mar­itime Day.

Mokpo Na­tional Mar­itime Univer­sity

Dur­ing the pe­riod, the in­sti­tu­tion ac­tively pur­sued its ca­pac­ity build­ing thrust through in­ter­na­tional cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of its man­age­ment team. Two mem­bers of the CMI man­age­ment team; the Di­rec­tor of the School of Aca­demic Stud­ies and the Head of Lo­gis­tics pur­sued a one-month train­ing pro­gramme in Ship­ping and Lo­gis­tics in South Korea. They also se­cured a part­ner­ship ar­range­ment with Mokpo Na­tional Mar­itime Univer­sity through the sign­ing of a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing. The key tenets of the MOU are: - Joint re­search ini­tia­tives and pro­gramme of­fer­ings es­pe­cially doc­to­rial stud­ies. A new Doc­tor­ate of phi­los­o­phy will be of­fered jointly in Septem­ber 2017 - Ex­change pro­grammes for staff and stu­dents be­tween

in­sti­tu­tions - Ap­point­ment of vis­it­ing pro­fes­sors at both in­sti­tu­tions - Com­par­a­tive anal­y­sis of cur­ricu­lum and mar­ket de­mands to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of new pro­grammes es­pe­cially in lo­gis­tics and engi­neer­ing - Place­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for CMI cadets pur­su­ing

marine trans­porta­tion and marine engi­neer­ing A part of this en­hanced col­lab­o­ra­tion will in­clude of­fer­ing Korean as a for­eign lan­guage at the In­sti­tute un­der its new name, the Caribbean Mar­itime Univer­sity. The CMI’s role, be­yond in­sti­tu­tional de­vel­op­ment, is to fa­cil­i­tate a larger more ex­pan­sive part­ner­ship with the mar­itime and ship­ping sec­tors in Korea. The Min­istry of Trans­port played an in­te­gral role in this agree­ment and sup­ported it as a part of the coun­try’s eco­nomic growth strat­egy. From this ini­tial in­sti­tu­tional agree­ment, Min­is­ter Henry met with the Am­bas­sador of the Re­pub­lic of Korea to Ja­maica, Mr Lim Jong Seonto, on Au­gust 5, 2016 at the Min­istry and en­gage in talks about bi­lat­eral col­lab­o­ra­tions, us­ing CMI as a ve­hi­cle of trans­for­ma­tion and deep­ened part­ner­ship. Ad­di­tion­ally, the Min­is­ter was in­vited to join other Min­is­ters of Trans­port from around the world, to be in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in a trans­port and lo­gis­tics con­fer­ence hosted by the Bu­san Port and its part­ners.

Amer­i­can Caribbean Mar­itime Foun­da­tion

The Amer­i­can Caribbean Mar­itime Foun­da­tion (ACMF) was es­tab­lished with a mis­sion of pro­vid­ing schol­ar­ships for Caribbean stu­dents and sup­port for the de­vel­op­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity of the mar­itime in­dus­try within the Caribbean. Dur­ing the year, the CMI po­si­tioned it­self to re­ceive sup­port from the AMCF, it be­ing the only in­sti­tu­tion of its kind in Ja­maica and the fact that many of its stu­dents are from chal­leng­ing eco­nomic cir­cum­stances.

Min­is­ter Henry was again ac­tively in­volved in en­gag­ing

the Foun­da­tion to muster sup­port for fu­ture mar­itime pro­fes­sion­als. He later led a team to a New York-based meet­ing to strengthen Ja­maica’s ap­peal for fund­ing. Dur­ing his visit, Min­is­ter Henry met with sev­eral ex­ec­u­tives of the Foun­da­tion, in­clud­ing Mr James Luce, pres­i­dent of the Luce Foun­da­tion, an en­tity which is keen to es­tab­lish a Ja­maican Ed­u­ca­tion Fund to be man­aged by Gold­man Sachs.

CMI UWI Part­ner­ship

On Septem­ber 8, 2016, the CMI and the Univer­sity of the West Indies signed a Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MOU) to fa­cil­i­tate joint re­search, pro­gramme of­fer­ings and sharing of re­sources at UWI’s open cam­puses is­land­wide. The UWI Open Cam­pus, ap­pro­pri­ately fits into the coun­try’s wider thrust to ad­vance schools and cater to the needs of stu­dents through col­lab­o­ra­tion among key stake­hold­ers. The agree­ment paves the way for fu­ture col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween both in­sti­tu­tions in the ar­eas of pro­gramme de­vel­op­ment, in­struc­tional re­source sharing, teach­ing and re­search. The part­ner­ship cre­ates a pow­er­ful means for en­gag­ing mar­itime skills and aca­demics through re­search ori­ented cur­ric­ula. Ad­di­tion­ally, it sup­ports the bid to sus­tain, ex­pand and strengthen ca­pac­i­ties across the in­sti­tu­tions and to en­cour­age the de­vel­op­ment of in­no­va­tive ini­tia­tives. It also en­cour­ages the sharing of ex­per­tise to supplement in­ter­nal com­pe­ten­cies and bro­ker novel ar­eas of spe­cial­iza­tion.

Socrates Awards

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Dr Fritz Pin­nock, re­cently won the Socrates Award for out­stand­ing achieve­ments in pro­fes­sional ac­tiv­i­ties and con­tri­bu­tion to in­tel­lec­tual de­vel­op­ment in gov­ern­ment man­age­ment, busi­ness and the econ­omy of to­day’s so­ci­ety. This is a sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment not just for Dr Pin­nock as leader of the CMI, but also a win for the en­tire coun­try as he is the first Ja­maican to be awarded this pres­ti­gious award. He is now con­sid­ered ONE of the WORLD’S 20 BEST PRO­FES­SION­ALS FROM ALL CON­TI­NENTS.

Prime Min­is­ter’s Medal of Ap­pre­ci­a­tion

Both the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Dr Fritz Pin­nock, and the Deputy Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Mrs Vivette Grant were the re­cip­i­ents of the pres­ti­gious Prime Min­is­ter’s Medal of Ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Ser­vice to Ed­u­ca­tion.

The Ma­jes­tic Fal­con Award

This award was re­ceived for qual­ity and ex­cel­lence and was pre­sented to the CMI in 2016.

In­ter­na­tional Ac­cred­i­ta­tion

Univer­sal ac­cred­i­ta­tion for all pro­grammes (in lo­gis­tics, engi­neer­ing, cus­toms pro­cesses, freight for­ward­ing and im­mi­gra­tion, marine trans­porta­tion and engi­neer­ing, se­cu­rity ad­min­is­tra­tion and man­age­ment and other cus­tomised in­dus­try pro­grammes) from the Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Ser­vice for In­ter­na­tional Uni­ver­si­ties and Col­leges (ASIC, UK).

Rep­re­sent­ing Ja­maica in Sports

The Min­istry was pleased to learn that the CMI Cheer­lead­ers (The CMI Spatans) rep­re­sented Ja­maica in Jan­uary 2017 and the World Cheer­lead­ing Cham­pi­onship at emerged the winners in the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories (out of 35 uni­ver­si­ties and 300 teams): Open Mas­cot Exhibition Large Co-ed Di­vi­sion The All Girls Di­vi­sion The CMI Cheer­lead­ing Team was the first and only Univer­sity team rep­re­sent­ing the Caribbean at the Florida Cham­pi­onships and was placed within the top 10 schools over­all.

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