Sharjah, United Arab Emirates: The study has recently started in the spring semester of the academic year 2021/2022 at the Arab Academy of Science, Technology and Maritime Transport Sharjah (AASTS) branch in Khorfakkan. AASTS organized an induction program for new students and communicated with all students to inform them of the methods of the academic and practical study programs. AASTS stressed that it continues to implement all precautionary measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in accordance with the standards and recommendations of the competent authorities of the United Arab Emirates. All students and campus staff are required to undergo regular Covid-19 testing.
HE Dr. Ismail Abdel Ghaffar Ismail Farag, President of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport said, “At the Sharjah branch of the Academy, we continue our journey to be a continuous resource for graduate professionals from the United Arab Emirates. many citizens of neighboring countries to meet the growing demand for national professionals in this vital sector, key to the region’s economy and its maritime security. Thanks to its specialized personnel, the Academy offers the maritime sector advanced research and development capabilities, as well as continuous training for the personnel of maritime companies. This will enhance investment in the region’s maritime sector.
Abdel Ghaffar added: “The Sharjah branch of the Academy is the largest and most equipped to date, and is on par with the most prestigious maritime and academic institutions in the world. Studying at the Academy gives students the opportunity to join the maritime field, which opens up a world of adventure, ambition and unlimited benefits. This is consolidated through the learning of leadership skills and the development of disciplined personalities capable of meeting challenges and transforming them into opportunities for success and excellence.
Dr. Captain Ahmed Youssef, Associate Dean, College of Maritime Transportation and Technology, AASTS, explained that the students were accepted for the sixth batch at the Academy after passing the medical fitness tests. This is a reasonable number and close to the target number of students. This brings the total number of Academy students at the Maritime Transport and Technology College to 324, which is the largest number in the GCC.
Youssef said: “Working in the maritime sector requires certain skills. This is why we have designed a number of recreational, social and practical activities alongside the academic programs. These aim to make studying and learning at the Academy a distinguished journey of character development in a happy and fun environment, while inspiring students to excel and be creative. This goes beyond the limits of the typical study relationship with the Academy. These activities include classified trips within and outside the UAE to major shipping companies and in addition to sports, recreational and artistic activities. These activities sharpen the personality of the students, develop their life experiences and make their years of study at the Academy useful for their careers as well as their personal and leadership abilities.
The College of Maritime Technology and Transportation offers two majors: Port Operations and Maritime Operations. Graduates receive a bachelor’s degree in maritime transport technology + a second mate competency certificate; or a Bachelor of Marine Engineering Technology in Marine Mechanics or Marine Electricity + 3rd Engineer Competency Certificate. Both disciplines qualify graduates to work aboard commercial and offshore service vessels. AASTS also seeks to attract professionals working in shipping companies in the UAE who wish to pursue specialized training as part of its professional development and continuing education programs. AASTS provides renewal of maritime passports for naval officers, engineers and seafarers, and cooperates with the training departments of shipping companies to design specialized training programs in various maritime technical and administrative fields, using the Academy’s latest technologies and state-of-the-art simulators.
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