Wednesday, March 24, 2010

University Launches New MSc For Future Leaders of Shipping

Flexible Study Approach Suits Those in Industry
Shipping News Feature

ABERDEEN / SCOTLAND – A new course has recently been launched by the Energy Centre at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, that is designed to fulfil industry requirements for a practical course delivering the benefits of applying a life-cycle approach to asset management.

The MSc Asset Integrity Management (AIM) is designed to equip students with the skills and competencies to manage assets whilst adopting a business, safety and compliance approach. One of the course leaders, Dr Jesse Andrawus, said that: "Ships and marine items have to operate as efficiently, safely and cheaply as possible in diverse geographical and political arenas, whilst keeping within maritime law and the classification requirements of their flag state.

“AIM ensures that this occurs for the lifetime of the asset, including its decommissioning and disposal in a method very similar to an oil rig."

The course is highly flexible and has been specifically designed to fit in with students in professions. It is available to study as online distance learning and online tutoring, with directed study and peer to peer forums. This allows students to learn, and to get immediate feedback on solutions to real-life work issues, by communicating with highly experienced tutors and industry professionals in the online forums.

The success of this method of teaching and the usefulness of the course has been praised by Jim Stobo, Corporate Lead Maintenance Engineer at AMEC, which provides consultancy, engineering and project management services to the world's natural resources, nuclear, clean energy, water and environmental sectors.

He described his experiences of the MSc AIM, stating that: "Expanding my knowledge in things I thought I knew a lot about is a nice feeling, but it's even better when I can quickly apply this new learning straight into a real working environment. I'm better armed to improve in my current role, and move myself forward into even greater challenges.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the MSc Asset Integrity Management course can find it here.