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  • Work is far advanced to upgrade the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) to a specialised university catering to maritime, inter-modal transportation and logistics.
  • This was announced by Transport, Works and Housing Minister, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, while making his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate.
  • The Minister pointed out that the Institute is poised to introduce a pre-college programme to be implemented with institutions, such as Kingston High School.

Work is far advanced to upgrade the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) to a specialised university catering to maritime, inter-modal transportation and logistics.

This was announced by Transport, Works and Housing Minister, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, while making his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 14.

Dr. Davies said the move is in keeping with the Institute’s goal to play a more critical role in the country’s economic future, in terms of producing qualified professionals to support the growth agenda.

He said the school’s aim is to continue to offer global certification, which meet and surpass international standards.

Additionally, Dr. Davies noted that the student population of CMI is projected to grow to more than 4,000 in the next two years.

He informed that one of the main reasons he is confident about the growth of the institution is that it has the highest placement record of any tertiary entity in Jamaica, with an average of 93 per cent of graduates obtaining high paying jobs immediately after graduation.

“The CMI is demonstrating the possibility of producing world class professionals, even whilst surviving on limited resources,” Dr. Davies said.

The Minister pointed out that the Institute is poised to introduce a pre-college programme to be implemented with institutions, such as Kingston High School.

Additionally, using space provided by the Ministry in the Air Jamaica building, there will be training for an additional 2,000 students next academic year, drawn from institutions, such as Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College and Kingston High School.

The Caribbean Maritime Institute, formerly the Jamaica Maritime Training Institute (JMTI), was established in 1980 to provide quality maritime and logistics education and training.

In addition to its certificate and diploma programmes, CMI offers several Bachelor of Science (BSc.) degree programmes in the areas of Logistics and Supply Chain Management; Cruise Shipping and Tourism Management; Port Management; International Shipping; Industrial Systems, Operations and Maintenance; and Security Administration and Management.

The school also offers a Master of Science (MSc.) degree programme in collaboration with the Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM), along with several distance education programmes, in partnership with various Caribbean countries, schools and universities.