The 18th Regional Maritime University Board of Governors Meeting on Friday 9th June, 2017, commissioned a four-storey building, named The Gambia Hostel, followed by the graduation of 441 students from the University, on Saturday 10th June 2017.
The two events climaxed the 18th Board of Governors Meeting at the Regional Maritime University in Accra, Ghana’s capital. The construction of the 24 rooms four –storey building started in 2013, with funding from The Gambian Government.
Speaking to delegates, University Representatives and other stakeholders, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Transport and Aviation thanked The Gambian government for supporting the growth of the University. The Hostels he said, will help in tackling accommodation challenges faced by students.
Minister Koroma encouraged students of the Regional Maritime University to make good use of the facilities and admonished delegates of member countries to follow the good example of The Gambian government.
Also marking this year’s celebration was the graduation of 441 students, amongst them being students from Benin, Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea, who were awarded with degrees in different disciplines. Out of the 441 students, forty nine (49) were awarded with Bsc in Marine Engineering, forty-six (46) graduated with Bsc in Electrical/ Electronic Engineering, eight (8) got Diploma in Electrical/ Electronic Engineering and nine (9) with Bsc in Computer Engineering.
Also, twenty- three (23) graduated with Bsc in Logistics Management, one hundred (100) graduated with Bsc in Ports and Shipping Administration, thirty-four (34) graduated with Diploma in Port and Shipping Management, thirty two (32) with Bsc in Nautical Science and twenty-two students (22) received Diploma in Nautical Science.Two (2) students from Sierra Leone, Nabieu Bangura and Raju Gidwani graduated with Second Class Upper (Bsc) in Nautical Science. A total of 441 students graduated with Bachelors (331) and diplomas (110) in different fields, the highest number ever in the last ten years, says the Vice Chancellor.The Regional Maritime University Board of Governors comprise of Ministers of Maritime Affairs of member countries. At present, Ghana’s Minister of Transport is the Chancellor of the University, a position that is rotational amongst member countries.In 2014, Sierra Leone’s current Minister of Transport and Aviation made history by becoming the first Chancellor of the Regional Maritime University and later handed over to the current Chancellor, Ghana’s Minister of Transport.
Similarly, the Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration was the Chairman of the Technical Committees but later relinquished his position to the Executive Director of Ghana Maritime Administration.
After four days of meaningful deliberations, the Technical Committee, also known as the Committee of Experts, comprising of Administrative Heads of the Maritime Administrations of the five member countries (Sierra Leone, Ghana, Liberia, The Gambia and Cameroon) were able to develop their paperwork.This Committee meeting, which preceded the meeting of the Board of Governors meeting discussed all technical, administrative and financial matters including the budget for the 2018 academic year. The Committee came up with resolutions, expected to be critically looked into before adoption by the Board of Directors of the Regional Maritime University.
A collaborative agreement between the University and Bernhard Schulte, which enables cadets to be crewed, trained and employed after graduation has helped reduce the rate of unemployment, also making the University very marketable and extremely on high demand, as it is the first international Maritime University in West and Central Africa.
In a bid to continue upholding sustainable growth and development of the industry, the Regional Maritime University Meeting is scheduled in Liberia come December 2017.
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