The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dalian Maritime University (DMU) to drive talent and academic exchange.
The agreement will see both parties cooperate in talent and the exchange of academic information in the fields of maritime and maritime affairs, including maritime safety, clean energy in the maritime sector, port management, navigational technologies, and environmental management.
The MoU specifically cites:
- Faculty Exchange and Event Participation: To support the exchange of trainers/lecturers for events/courses
- Academic Information Exchange: To support the exchange of relevant academic information
- Field Studies: To respectively host student study visits/exchanges in Singapore and Dalian
- Joint DMU-SMU Training Programmes: To jointly organise maritime training programmes
“With the global maritime industry making the change into becoming more digitalised and sustainable, innovation and knowledge and critical for transition of the shipping and port operations, and talent is a key foundation to the exchanges of ideas and expertise,” said Quah Ley Hoon, CEO of the MPA.
“Hence, we are pleased to partner with like-minded and forward-looking maritime stakeholders, such as Dalian Maritime University. Through this MoU, we hope that it will enhance, promote, and support the development of maritime talents and sharing of domain knowledge between Singapore and China.”
Professor Sun Yuqing, President of DMU, added “Maritime education and training has always been DMU’s foremost priority during its long history. And it is our mission to play an active and leading role in this field. The spirit of collaboration, especially with industry stakeholders, we believe, is the key factor in ensuring our continued progress.
“As the driving force behind Singapore’s port and maritime development, the MPA has been committed to promoting safe, efficient, and sustainable shipping. We are pleased to work with the MPA in terms of capacity building and sustainable development of the shipping industry. And I hope this MoU will serve as a platform for exchanges and cooperation in the maritime sector between DMU and the MPA, as well as between China and Singapore.”
Recently the MPA also announced it has worked alongside the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to launch the NextGEN web portal. Announced in September 2021, the system brings stakeholders together to identify gaps for decarbonisation in the international shipping industry.