President Doumbia-Henry Visits EMSA

On 1 March, President Doumbia-Henry was welcomed to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) by Ms Maja Markovčić Kostelac, Executive Director of EMSA. The courtesy visit provided the opportunity to discuss fellowships administered by EMSA and potential areas of cooperation in areas of research and capacity-building. 

EMSA officially launched the “European Neighbours Policy” Maritime Fellowships at WMU in early February. The fellowships are provided under the framework of the EU-funded regional projects SAFEMED IV EuroMed Maritime Safety project” and “Maritime safety, security and marine environmental protection in the Black and Caspian Sea Regions” (BCSEA). 

The objective of the procedure is to enable staff members from the maritime administrations of beneficiary countries of SAFEMED IV project and the BCSEA project to enrol and attend the 14-month Standard Master Programme in Maritime Affairs (Fellowship) offered by WMU with the financial and managerial support by EMSA. The Agency is funding 8 fellowships (4 for the SAFEMED IV project and 4 for the BCSEA project, maximum one per country). The deadline for applications is 1 April 2019.

The meeting also provided an opportunity to exchange information on areas of interest and ongoing research and development activities in both organizations. WMU introduced the TRANSPORT2040 study on the implications of technology and automation on jobs and employment in the transport sector. WMU also reported about ongoing efforts in areas related to distance and e-learning tools. Both organizations have a strong interest in capacity building in the maritime transport sector and will continue the dialogue in this regard.

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