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    • One hundred and eighty students of the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) graduated on November 13, with degrees and diplomas in various areas of shipping and logistics.
    • The 33rd annual graduation ceremony, which was held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, saw graduands being rewarded for successful studies in supply chain management; cruise shipping and marine tourism; international shipping and logistics; security administration and management; and nautical science.
    • While congratulating the group, Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, described the CMI as unique, noting that tertiary education in Jamaica and the Caribbean have “come a long way” in producing graduates specifically suited for areas of the economy, which have grown beyond expectations.

    One hundred  and eighty students of  the  Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) graduated on November 13,  with degrees and diplomas in various areas of shipping and logistics.
    The 33rd annual graduation ceremony, which was held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, saw graduands being rewarded for successful studies in supply chain management; cruise shipping and marine tourism; international shipping and logistics; security administration and management; and nautical science.
    While congratulating the group, Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, described the CMI as unique, noting that tertiary education in Jamaica and the Caribbean have “come a long way” in producing graduates specifically suited for areas of the economy, which have grown beyond expectations.
    “The ability of the CMI to respond to this need, not only in Jamaica, but worldwide, represents a change in terms of the structuring of our programmes for tertiary education. This augurs well for us in the flexibility of our system to identify areas of need and to train the human resources needed to take us to the next stage,” he said.
    Meanwhile, Executive Director of the CMI, Dr. Fritz Pinnock, outlined a raft of achievements attained by the Institute, including partnerships and cooperation agreements.

    Some of these involve collaboration with the government of the People’s Republic of China, to commence a mandarin course in January 2015; Shangai Maritime University on external examinations; the PetroCaribe Fund for a multi-million dollar facility for mechatronics, robotics, and hydraulics training; and the World Maritime University (Sweden), for the sharing of library resources; and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (United Kingdom), to provide accreditation for all CMI bachelors and masters degrees.

    Dr. Pinnock said the latter, the audit for which will be carried out from December 3 and 7,  would put the CMI on par with global institutions, such as Britain’s Cranfield and Liverpool universities.
    The ceremony attracted a large audience, which included Ministers of government, representatives of international maritime organisations and institutions, and members of the diplomatic and consular corps.

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