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Deputy Higher Education Minister Dr Hou Kok Chung who witnessed the signing ceremony said NMIT would offer Diploma, Degree and Masters programmes in transport, shipping, seafaring, maritime and logistics management.
Malek said this after signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Southampton Solent University(SSU deputy vice-chancellor Prof Mike Wilkinson at the NIMT City Campus at Galleria@Kotaraya, here,yesterday.
Also present were SSU Dean of Maritime and Technology Faculty Prof John Chudley and NIMT founder and managing director Captain Razali Yaacob.
The city campus began offering diplomas in Maritime Transport Management, Port Management and Shipping Management in May 2011. It currently has 620 students.
Malek said NIMTwould offer programmes in Maritime Health, Safety, Security and Environment, Maritime Law and Logistics in September.
With the signing of the MoA, homegrown professionals and students graduating from the NIMT can now pursue degree and graduate qualifications from SSU in the United Kingdom.
NIMT academic programmes are designed by academicians and industry players to provide students with in-depth knowledge of the maritime industry, maritime transport and its interface with associate industries.
The signing of the MoA will see an exchange of students from both countries. Plans for a twinning programme are in the pipeline.
Malek said NIMT, a Malaysia-Dutch private educational collaboration,was in talks with several global partners for joint collaborations.
“We are selective about who we want to work with. The two globalpartners we are in talks with are in the United States, Canada and Australia,”he said, adding that NIMT was also looking at the possibility of working with a group of universities.
Razali said NIMT would play a significant role in nurturing Malaysian maritime professionals to meet the increasing demand for such professionals in Johor, which has a burgeoning oil and gas industry, in Malaysia and worldwide.
“However, students lack awareness of what the maritime industry is all about,” he said.
Razali said 97 per cent of what wnet into Johor came through the three ports — Port of Tanjung Pelepas in Gelang Patah; Johor Port in Pasir Gudang; and Tanjung Langsat Port, which is between the first and second ports. Wilkinson said it was the same in the United Kingdom, where 97 per cent of its imports also came by sea.