JIS News

The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) will be seeking to increase the number of student intake for its academic programmes, as part of plans to fill the demand for trained persons within the marine industry.
Deputy Director at the CMI, Vivette Grant told JIS News that currently there are 800 full time students at the institution, but there are plans to increase that number to 1,200 for the upcoming academic year.
“There is a global shortage of approximately 28,000 officers and this is projected to increase in the long run. This shortage has occurred because of aging officers and it is worldwide, so there is the demand for the officers and they are also guaranteed placement at the end of training,” Mrs. Grant said.
She also noted that for the future, the CMI is planning to enrol 3,000 students in its academic programmes.
“We are planning towards that. We would have to build capacity – there is need for additional accommodation, classrooms and a multi- purpose building. The demand is there for the training, but need to get the funding to finance this aspect of it,” Mrs. Grant said.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Director told JIS News that the institute offers several full and part time professional and educational programmes, which are designed specifically to respond to the needs of the various stakeholders.
“The institute’s programmes are organised in three schools – the marine and professional school, the academic school and the technical or vocational school. For the marine school, the marine engineering programmes and the nautical programmes are offered there, so persons who are desirous of becoming a marine engineer or a marine navigator would enrol in this school,” Mrs. Grant explained.
Some of the degree programmes offered include: Bachelor of Science degree in Security Administration and Management; Bachelor of Science in Shipping and Logistics; and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Industrial Systems. There is also a Masters degree programme in International Shipping and Logistics Management.
The CMI is the regional centre for excellence in maritime training, research and consultancy. It is also the first approved maritime and training institution in the region to be certified ISO 9001:2008.
For more information, persons may contact the CMI at 924-8150 or 9248175-6 or visit their website at: www.cmi.edu.jm.

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