Singapore Maritime Academy announces launch of $0.5m maritime satellite communication centre and scholarships worth $260,000 during 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner
IAs part of its 50th Anniversary celebrations as a leading institution in maritime education and training, the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA) of Singapore Polytechnic launched a series of initiatives at the 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner at Goodwood Park Hotel on Friday 19th Oct 2007.
These included the setting up of an innovation hub that offers SingTel's satellite communication facilities in a simulated maritime environment, and for the first time, scholarships worth $260,000 for SMA's graduates to pursue further education.
Guest-of-Honour, Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Raymond Lim, graced the celebrations and delivered a speech. Minister Lim noted that SMA counts among its alumni many eminent personalities in Singapore's maritime sector. The numerous awards that SMA has received, including five consecutive Lloyd's List Maritime Asia Awards, are also testament to the rigour, quality and relevance of SMA's programmes.
Launch of Maritime Satellite Communication Centre
As part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in April 2007, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel) and Global Wireless LLC (Global Wireless) have set up a $0.5m Maritime Satellite Communication Centre at SMA called "[email protected]". [email protected] will simulate satellite communication between on-board vessels and a shipping company's offices, and offer a suite of maritime communication applications for learning.
[email protected] will allow SMA to play a key role in promoting awareness of Maritime Satellite Communication and applications to the community.
According to Mr Titus Yong, Vice President (Satellite), SingTel , "SingTel, Asia Pacific's largest and most established satellite operator with more than 35 years experience, is excited to play a key role in setting up [email protected], which will enable students to learn about the latest in satellite communications technology and gain valuable practical experience to complement their classroom theory lessons.
We are also pleased that with our innovative satellite applications that will enhance crew welfare, we can help the maritime industry address a key manpower issue of attracting and retaining talents in the maritime sector - especially the next generation of seafarers who are better educated and technology-savvy."
SMA's Graduates' Scholarship Awards
SMA will offer three full scholarships a year from the Academic Year 2008, for an initial period of three years to deserving graduates to pursue degree courses in maritime education. These are for degree courses in NTU, Netherlands's Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz and at a foreign specialised institution (pending approval by MOE-SCOPE) or an appropriate institution. A total of nine scholarships worth $260,000 will be awarded. The scholarship is funded from the fees earned through consultancy services provided by SMA's teaching staff to the industry.
Mr Roland Tan, Director of SMA, says "The SMA has made great strides over the last 50 years and we are now in a happy position to provide our students with the opportunity to progress further in chosen fields. The scholarship fund was made possible through the contributions of staff, the fruit of their consultancy work for industry. This is indeed commendable and is a reflection of what makes SMA great - its people."
These awards will provide an opportunity for SMA's graduates to continue their maritime education and further contribute to the industry as well as attracting quality students to join our maritime courses.
Course Curriculum and Industrial Training Programme
SP, SingTel, Globe Wireless and Inmarsat will also develop a 30-hour Maritime Satellite Communication module for SMA's curriculum from Academic Year 2008. This will expand the experience of maritime students on shipboard communication systems and applications. Students will be attached to the [email protected] and SingTel for Industrial Training Programme on business management and development, and IT applications in the maritime communication industry.