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An Effective Partnership of Professional Education in Marine and Offshore Technology

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A professional education with international standing plays an important role in a successful engineering career. The availability of world-renowned marine technology programmes at university level was limited in South East Asia. To bridge this gap, an offshore campus established by the School of Marine Science and Technology, Newcastle University in partnership with a local institute of higher learning (IHL) in 2009. Currently, three distinct marine technology programmes, namely, Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Marine Engineering, Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering offered. They are identical to the programmes at the home campus and fully accredited by the IMarEST and RINA in the UK. Graduates from the local polytechnics with a marine technology related diploma allowed partial exemption towards these programmes. Around 80 students admitted to these programmes annually. The performance of students tracked with their counterparts in the UK shows that such partnership brings quality maritime education to local students. The local IHL under the partnership gains an insight of the operation, curriculum and international outlook of a reputable university. Newcastle University benefits from a ready pool of selected polytechnic graduates of high calibre to its academic courses. The marine and offshore industry enjoys a competent workforce benchmarked with international players. Furthermore, the economic rewards generated at national level will be obvious in the years to come.

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Author(s): Tam ICK

Editor(s): Tsz Leung Yip; Achim I. Czerny; Chin-Shan Lu

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: The 9th International Forum on Shipping, Ports and Airports (IFSPA) 2017

Year of Conference: 2017

Number of Volumes: 1

Pages: 170-174

Print publication date: 01/09/2017

Online publication date: 01/09/2017

Acceptance date: 28/04/2017

Publisher: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong - C.Y. Tung International Centre for Maritime Studies

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ISBN: 9789623678117