The Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) is the latest Marine Partner to join the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and sees 45 of MAAP’s academic staff and around 1500 engineering and deck cadets enrolled as members of the IMarEST to support their Initial and Continuing Professional Development.
The partnership will support the enhancement, attraction and development of marine professionals in the Philippines – all will gain access to the IMarEST’s vast online library of technical knowledge, be able to join local events, as well as putting those who are working towards gaining their Certificates of Competency on a path to be able to use these towards a globally recognised professional qualification (such as becoming Chartered).
VADM Eduardo Ma R Santos AFP (Ret), President of MAAP commented: “Providing all of the very best international support for the development of Filipino seafarers has to be at the heart of what we deliver, and this partnership with the IMarEST provides an added boost, not only to recognise the quality of the academic staff, but to further enhance the skills, knowledge and capability of MAAPs cadets.”
MAAP is considered to be a world-class maritime academy and is equipped with state-of the-art facilities compliant to the requirements of the STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers).
MAAP will also support the launch of a new branch of the IMarEST in the Philippines. Based around Manila, the branch will be set up to cater for the vast number of engineering and deck professionals that are being trained in the region.
David Kelly, Director of Asia Pacific for IMarEST added: “Supporting the professional development of marine professionals is at the very core of what the IMarEST stands for, and this is hugely exciting news both for the IMarEST and for the Philippines. Providing world-leading access to technical content, networks, and delivering this through a new local branch in Manila will boost the learning and development of Filipino seafarers. I’m hugely grateful for the support of MAAP, particularly VADM Santos and Dr Angelica Baylon, who have worked tirelessly to support this initiative as an additional development opportunity for the region.”