HAMA: Platinum sponsor at "1st Maritime Educational Forum"
The enormous importance of maritime education in Greek and World economy and the job opportunities presented to a young generation through a top-quality educational institution were discussed at the 1st Maritime Educational Forum, organized by the Institute of Maritime and Economic Studies (IMES) on Thursday, September 13, at the War Museum in Athens, with its subject “Shipping, a Sea of Opportunities for the Young”.
The presence of the Shipping minister, Mr. Fotis Kouvelis, along with dozens of well-known ship owners and ship managers, plus hundreds of influential personalities from the maritime educational sector, and distinguished professionals in various fields of shipping was evidence of the significance maritime education has for the Greek shipping community.
The Shipping minister summed up this sentiment, saying “Shipping is one of the most important comparative advantages of our country and we have to pay particular attention to this and to the prospects opened in this sector. Prerequisites for achieving this goal is the constant updating and training of our crews, as shipping technologies and maritime safety are constantly evolving. One more, is the provision of up-to-date knowledge in all sectors of the shipping industry.”
“Is shipping an outlet for young people during the crisis?” The subject of the first session was also the burning question of thousands of young people who, through their studies at maritime academies, seek the open new horizons in their professional career.
City Unity College, which through the Hellenic-Arab Maritime Academy (HAMA) offers the opportunity to young people to study a wide range of maritime subjects, couldn’t be missing from such a great gathering of minds as it participated in the forum as a platinum sponsor.
The President of City Unity College and the Arab-Hellenic Chamber for Co-operation & Development, Mr. Haris Geronikolas, immediately after the first session made a presentation of HAMA’s educational achievements and the bright prospects of the maritime academy in Greece, and then introduced the Arab Academy for Science Technology & Maritime Transport (AASTMT)’s vice president Dr. Mohamed Dawood who spoke on the academic achievements, the top-notch facilities and staff, as well about the professional recognition and accreditations of AASTMT during its 45 years of operation, followed by the keynote speaker of the event, Dr. Captain Ahmed Youssef, Director of International Forum for Maritime Transport, Arab Academy for Science Technology & Maritime Transport, who presented his speech on the “Maritime Human Element”. AASTMT, the world’s second ranked maritime academy, maintains a continuous and consistent academic cooperation with HAMA.
Another topic, “Career in international shipping” was be presented by shipping company representatives, while special training was an important part of discussion on the future of shipping and the specialized knowledge that students and professionals need in the maritime sector.
At the end of the Forum, the Hellenic-Arab Maritime Academy offered a cocktail party at the Athenian Riviera Hotel, in Vouliagmeni, to all attendees and sponsors of the event.