28 August 2013 –
|Pretoria, South Africa, 28 August 2013 – The South African Department of Transport in partnership with the National Department of Higher Education and Training and the South African Maritime Safety Authority are pleased to announce that 30 South African students have been successfully selected for enrolment at the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden.
The candidates from all parts of South Africa, will depart on September 4, to study for their Masters and PhD programs with the internationally renowned WMU, recognized by the International Maritime Organisation.
|This initiative is part of SAMSA’s goals to entrench South Africa as one of the world’s top 35 maritime nations. The students’ sponsorship has been facilitated by SAMSA with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as a key partner and sponsor in the development of maritime skills.|
SAMSA CEO Commander Tsietsi Mokhele applauded the successful candidates and pointed out that there was a high representation of women among those selected and also candidates representing all the Provinces. The Master and PhD students were the brand ambassadors for South Africa, Mokhele said, and their stay aboard will highlight the important role played by South Africa in maritime, and also showcase our country abroad as a preferred destination and one of choice.
“These post-graduate qualifications in dedicated domains of maritime affairs can give South African graduates the professional high level knowledge required for the maritime sector to flourish into making South Africa a leading maritime nation. To date South Africa does not have a dedicated institute for Maritime Studies; neither are there local post-graduate programmes to fully support the South African Maritime Sector. This involvement with the WMU allows us to seize the opportunities available while we continue to look at other inroads for post graduate programs locally,” said Mokhele.
In December last year, following a meeting between SAMSA and the WMU, Mokhele said the parties agreed to explore avenue to make enrolment accessible for more South Africans, attracting renowned educators and researchers. The WMU had expressed interest in collaborating with SAMSA to ensure high level human capacity development in South Africa. In May this year President of the WMU, Professor Bjorn Kjerfve, visited South Africa to collaborate further with SAMSA who had since its return from Sweden commissioned a study for the feasibility and the viability of the establishment of a Maritime Institute.
Prior to the candidates departing for Sweden next week, an official send off function will be held in Gauteng on September 4, attended by top ranking officials of the Department of Transport and DHET. A comprehensive media program will be distributed to the media during this week in which information will be communicated for media who wish to interview candidates.
Issued on behalf of SAMSA by FBI Communications and Blue Leaf Communications