Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers strikes agreements in UK and China
Boost to professional maritime education around the world as UK body gains examination centers for next student intake
The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (The Institute) has rounded off a year of achievement by striking new agreements to support educational excellence in the UK and China.
The maritime industry’s only body dedicated to professional education has agreed a deal that will see its London-based exams hosted by the UK Chamber of Shipping and has also been recognized as strategic partner by China’s Ministry of Transport and the Shanghai International Shipping Center.
Under the agreement with the UK Chamber, the Institute will use its central London facilities as the venue for its 2016 exam program in London, providing a first class venue for the next intake of students.
“The UK Chamber is proud to continue supporting for the work of the Institute by providing the venue for its examinations,” said Guy Platten, Chief Executive Officer the UK Chamber of Shipping. “The Institute provides a vital role in helping develop the next generation of shipping professionals and reinforcing professional standards in the world’s leading maritime industry hub.”
The Institute also signed a Tripartite Co-operation Agreement with China’s Ministry of Transport and China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, to launch the International Shipping Professionalism Development Program. The agreement creates the first shipping training program recognized by the top shipping qualification authority in China with international recognition by the Institute.
The aim of the program is to help the city develop local talent and build its shipping services industry to international standards. Deputy Director of the Shanghai Pudong New Area, Da Nian Jian said the Institute’s global reputation, mature training program and qualified tutors, would help promote professionalism and standardization in Shanghai’s shipping industry
“The past year has seen the Institute go from strength to strength, but this has only been possible thanks to the support of our partners around the world,” said Institute Director Julie Lithgow. “These agreements reinforce the founding principle of the Institute, of making education and qualification as accessible as possible, while reflecting the need to support emerging maritime centers.
The agreements cap a momentous year for The Institute in which it doubled its examination program and won a BIMCO Award in recognition of its investment in new learning, increasing student numbers and innovative teaching techniques.
The Institute also took part in the International Maritime Organization’s World Maritime Day program, sharing the message about the vital role of shipping in delivering goods and services around the world with primary school students.
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