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Seafarer Education and Training Programmes in Philippines Mark 20th Anniversary

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MOL chairman Akimitsu Ashida at the podium

MOL chairman Akimitsu Ashida at the podium

Seafarer  Education and Training Programmes in Philippines Mark  20th Anniversary

Ceremonies  for MIS 20th anniversary and for  graduation of the 2nd batch of 3rd year program  cadets

 TOKYO—Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today  announced the 20th anniversary of its seafarer training arm in the  Philippines, the Magsaysay Institute of Shipping (MIS) at ceremonies attended by  Senator Loren Legarda, Atty. Nicasio Conti- administrator of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), MOL  Chairman Akimitsu Ashida, and others.

They also celebrated the graduation of 133 second-batch cadets of  their “Third Year Program, ” which is known and approved by the Commission on  Higher Education (CHED) as Academe-Industry Linkage Program (AILP).

“Safe operation is the single most important factor for seafarers  themselves, and also in earning the trust of our customers and all other  stakeholders. I believe one of the most valuable skills cadets develop during  their time at MIS is a ‘Can Do’ attitude. We look forward to cadets who will  perform their duties with a ‘Can Do’ spirit and help lead efforts to make MOL a  world leader in safe operation, ” said MOL Chairman Ashida in his remarks at the  ceremony.

MOL, with its local partner, established MIS in 1993 to train  seafarers who will help ensure the safe and efficient operation of their fleet.  Since then, MIS has provided not only hands-on training for seafarers, but also  rule-based and practical education for cadets who graduated from maritime  schools in the Philippines. And since 2007, in collaboration with designated maritime schools in  the Philippines, MIS has contributed to  the development and enhancement of maritime education programs, improving  students’ skills through supplementary lessons, technical support to  instructors, and upgrading of maritime curriculum.

In 2011, MOL introduced the Third Year Program, which provides  education to selected third-year students of their partner maritime schools. Selected students will have education in MIS and spend the second  half of their four-year maritime education with MIS and MOL. The program is  accredited as an Academe-Industry Linkage Program promoted by collaboration of  industry and the Philippine government to upgrade education and enhance  employment opportunities for high-achieving students.

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