Taslim encourages youngsters to take up marine studies

During Graduation at World Maritime University (L-R) Dr Henry Cleopatra – WMU President, Mohammed Taslim, Mr Kitack Lim – Secretary-General of IMO. Picture: SUPPLIED

AFTER graduating with a Masters in Maritime Affairs, specialising in Education and Training from the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden, Taslim Mohammed is encouraging youngsters to consider a career in the maritime industry

The Executive Officer at the Fiji National University (FNU) Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA), was the lone Fijian among 130 students who graduated at the end of last year.

“I am happy to be part of the maritime industry and urge students to take up studies in this field as the industry has various jobs available for you once you are competent at national and international level,” Mr Mohammed said.

“Maritime is an area where seafarers get the opportunity to see the world while being paid for it. Maritime not only includes sailing – it has various onshore jobs available as well such as port management, piloting, maritime safety and surveillance, and so forth,” he said.

The Savusavu man however acknowledged the sponsorship from the Government of Australia, particularly the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which made it possible for him to attain this training and qualification from a renowned organisation.

International Maritime Organization recognizes WMU (IMO) and the United Nations General Assembly, which plays a significant role in maritime and ocean education, research, capacity-building and economic development while promoting roles of women in the maritime and ocean sectors.

Mr Mohammed spent one and a half years in Sweden. His Master’s thesis was based on the “Impact analysis of introducing E-Learning to the Fijian seafarers.”

He intends to utilise the knowledge attained from this training by joining FMA’s academia from this year, upon the approval from the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) and the FMA Board.

“I also want to assist FMA with curriculum design and development apart from undertaking research and teaching students.”

“Presently, it is no secret that there is a shortage of seafarers in the world, especially marine engineers. Therefore, I encourage students to consider a career in the maritime industry,” he said.


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