UK – The first graduates have celebrated the completion of their Masters of Business Administration (MBA) course in Shipping and Logistics at Middlesex University and Lloyds Maritime Academy. A ceremony was held at the Hendon Campus acknowledging their achievements and was presided over by the Chancellor of the University, The Rt Hon Lord Sheppard of Didgemere with the scrolls handed out by Anna Kyprianou, a module leader on the course and Dean of the business school.
The MBA was launched in 2009 and is the only course of its type delivered exclusively by distance learning. The programme is designed to maximise opportunity by accepting applications from students with both vocational and academic experience. Students interviewed confirmed that completing the course has had a profound impact on the first intake with the MBA bringing value to a diverse range of participants during the course and in their careers. Jaime Gonzalez-Gil, Project Officer for Port State Control at the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) said his aim in taking the course was to develop his knowledge of the industry saying:
“The MBA programme provided me with the tools to develop capabilities to play a key role within the maritime industry. I would definitely recommend it. The MBA in Shipping and Logistics is the reference programme for those wishing to succeed in shipping.”
Master mariner Taslim Imad of MOL Bulk Shipping who had researched a number of courses but found there were few options for seafarers and little flexibility in terms of attendance said:
“When I looked at the MBA in Shipping and Logistics, I knew it was for me. When I was working away on ships, I used to apply for shore jobs but could not get short-listed. On the first application I made after completing the MBA, I was not only short-listed for the interview but I got a job offer straightaway. I look at the shipping industry in different way now and I really think outside the box. It has developed my personality and given me confidence. All I can see is an upward direction in my career.”
Peter Jackson of Seaspan Ship Management Ltd gained a promotion to director following his completion of the programme. He commented:
“This MBA has challenged me academically and personally. Embarking on this type of distance learning course at Master’s level developed my ability to manage time, stress and priorities. I really enjoyed the experience.”
The first MBA in Shipping & Logistics registered very strong demand, which has continued in succeeding years. Applications for the next intake close on 10th August, Lloyd’s Maritime Academy Managing Director Jeff Hearn emphasised that interested parties should file applications without delay saying:
“Together with Middlesex University all of us at Lloyd’s Maritime Academy congratulate the MBA students on their graduation. As our first intake, we feel proud to have been able to support them in their career development paths. For those who are inspired to take the course, time is running out, we need to receive your applications in the next three weeks for them to be considered.”
Further information on the course content and structure, along with details of how to apply for the 2012 MBA can be found HERE.
Photo: MBA in Shipping & Logistics students and tutors celebrate their graduation. Pictured left to right are: Dr Ian Favell – Module Tutor, Dr Stephane Bignoux – Module Tutor, Peter Pecry, Cornelis Van Der Burg, Keerthi Wanigasooriya, Jaime Gonzalez Gil, Eng Hai Ooi, Peter Jackson, Neville Spiteri, Dr Robert Jenefsky – Module Tutor, Dr Kristian J Sund – MBA in Shipping & Logistics Programme Leader.