MCS extended a warm welcome to Professor Bjorn Kjerfve, President of the World Maritime University (WMU) who visited MCS offices on 16 May 2013 together with representatives from SAMSA. The WMU is an established international training provider for maritime post-graduate degree studies and is recognised as such by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The WMU is proactive in its support for human capacity building in South Africa, and in partnering with SAMSA. To this end SAMSA hosted the President of WMU and a Memorandum of Understanding was signed at Port Elizabeth by the two parties. This bodes well for South Africa and MCS fully supports this SAMSA initiative.
The meeting at MCS with the President of WMU was interesting and mutually beneficial. Deanna Collins explained the role MCS plays in the maritime industry on ships manning and seafarer training, and also shared with him the opportunities that exist in the industry for new entrant trainee seafarers, students who have potential to study specialist degree courses at Universities, and for students who could be trained for the support functions on board vessels such as Able Seaman, Oilers, Cooks, and also for the various support services ashore where skilled Artisans are required. Students in attendance were very happy to meet the President and it was good for MCS to establish a link with the WMU for future exhanges.
Pictured at MCS Offices with some of our S.A. and Angolan students is Prof Bjorn Kjerfve b/row centre with Jan Rabie on his right. Ms Sindiswa Nhlumayo and Dr Meena Lysko represented SAMSA.