25th February, 2011
One of the world most prestigious private maritime universits, AMET University in India, will be running some of its courses in Nigeria under a collaboration it has reached with the Nigeria-based African Maritime Academy (AMA) recently.
Because of its status as a reputable institution in maritime education and training. AMA and the Nigerian government through the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has facilitated admission of some Nigerians into AMET in a bid to increase the number of Nigerian seafarers in response to local and international demand for qualified maritime workforce.
According to Engr. Mohammed Yusuf, Director of Studies at the African Maritime Academy, AMETâ€™s two years masters degree programme will be brought closer to Nigerians as students under the arrangement will spend a year in Nigeria and another year in India.
Engr. Yusuf said the first six months of the two years Masters Degree course will be spent in Nigeria before students proceed to India for a year, while the last six months will be spent in Nigeria at the AMA postgraduate school.
He listed the benefits of the AMET/AMA collaboration to include convenience of admission procedures and processing, time and costs saving, easy access to research and training facilities from both institutions, stress free travelling arrangements and exposure of students to maritime environment, culture and study tours in India and Nigeria.
He stated that the collaboration is one of AMAâ€™s long-term strategic concepts for its postgraduate school under constructionÂ is aimed at training the highest cadre of professionals in the maritime oil and related sectors of the Nigerian economy.
â€œSome of the postgraduate courses available are MBA in shipping and logistics management.
MBA in shipping finance, MBA in marine Human Resources Management MSC in Marine Biotechnology, MSC in Fleet Operations Management, MBA in Cruise Ship Hospitality Management and M.Tech Marine Engineering Management among others.â€
He said the Masters Degree course will be open to first degree holders from recognised universities while Bachelors Degree courses are for holders of AMA Diploma who will spend a year in Nigeria before proceeding to India to spend two years to complete their courses.
Non-AMA certificate holders will do four years degree course and must process a minimum ofÂ â€˜Oâ€™ level creditsÂ in five subjects including Mathematics and English at a sitting. They will spend two years in India and two years in Nigeria.