Maritime Education in Malaysia: Do we need a policy?

February 24, 2022, 10.00 AM – 12.00 PM MYT

MIMA’s Centre for Coastal and Marine Environment (CMER) successfully hosted the third instalment of the MIMA Distinguished Fellow Talk Series, entitled “Maritime Education in Malaysia: Do We Need a Policy?”.

This latest instalment featured an eminent figure in the maritime and academic worlds, Professor Dato’ Dr Nor Aieni Haji Mokhtar – CMER’s Distinguished Fellow.

The session aimed to explore the need for an official guide to drive the future of national maritime education. Such a guide is also envisioned as a supportive measure for the notion of Malaysia as a maritime nation.

Director-General of MIMA, Datuk Dr Sabirin Ja’afar graced the session with his remarks, highlighting the need to acknowledge the significance of maritime education policy.

Welcoming remarks by MIMA Director-General, Datuk Dr Sabirin Ja’afar.

Being a nation with long coastlines has produced enormous economic value and job prospects in the maritime sector. This advantage therefore demands various marine experts to use the marine resources available to benefit the future of Malaysian maritime industries.

Professor Dato’ Dr Nor Aieni explains the importance of maritime education through the development of the maritime industries in Malaysia.

In her lecture, Professor Dato’ Dr Nor Aieni emphasised the issues, gaps and challenges of education in maritime, as well as opportunities available in the maritime industries’ previous, present, and future, to address the lack of a national maritime education policy.
The session attracted over 90 participants from diverse backgrounds for an understanding of the need for maritime education to ensure the relevancy of the policy is on par with the development of the maritime industry and its expertise.
MIMA is delighted to have sparked this much-needed discourse. To further deliberate on the need for a national maritime education policy, MIMA will continue to work with relevant stakeholders and agencies to further explore a way forward for Malaysia.

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