by Feng Yingqiu
YANGON, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar has been making efforts in developing maritime education sector in a bid to contribute towards modernization and development of the state.
The country established its first Maritime University in 2002, aimed at nurturing ethical, skillful and reputable maritime experts in compliance with the provisions and standards prescribed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Recently, the World Maritime University vowed to help Myanmar in learning management and cooperate in e-education under a memorandum of understanding initiated with Myanmar's Maritime University.
"Learning management and e-learning system will contribute much not only to the students but also to the faculty members of the university," said Minister of Transport U Nyan Tun Aung.
Placing emphasis on development of maritime sector, Myanmar has been training out qualified maritime engineers and seafarers to work in overseas shipping lines.
Out of over 60,000 registered seafarers in Myanmar, over 12,000 work in the overseas shipping lines especially the South Koren's.
To develop the maritime labor market and provide more job opportunities to people seeking such employment, the government has formed the Administration Committee for Getting Job Opportunities for Seafarers, introducing a new system of seeking such jobs directly with the government's Department of Water Transport instead of going through private-run seafarers job seeking agencies which require applicants' presentation of appointment letter from foreign shipping lines concerned.
However, candidates are to undergo some designated training courses in line with the IMO to be qualified for a seafarer identity card and a seafarer passport, and passing a basic English skill test before the move is also required.
Some applicants applied for working at deck, engine room and kitchen.
There are only 70,000 seafarers in Myanmar and the number stands less than invitation for the jobs.
Meanwhile, the Myanmar Overseas Seafarers Association (MOSA) is introducing international-level advanced diploma course for more seamen in the country to pursue in order to enable them to be qualified in seeking job in foreign shipping lines.
Derived from the courses of IMO and England's Institute of Chartered, the advanced diploma for shipping business and maritime management includes such eight major subjects as shipping business, logistics and supply chain management, transport economics, ship operations and management, ship broking and chartering practice, port economics, financial engineering principles and business intelligence and maritime law in Shipping Business.
MOSA was formed to deal with IMO and other international seamen union on behalf of Myanmar overseas seafarers and the association also help seek jobs for them, draw welfare schemes and conduct training.
There are over 12,000 Myanmar seafareres working in overseas shipping lines including South Korean's.
Moreover, Myanmar also laid down a plan to nurture female maritime experts, allowing female students to be enrolled for joining the country's Maritime University.
Myanmar sets major subjects of nautical science and marine engineering for learning and other subjects such as vessel building, port building and maritime electricity and electronics are also prescribed for pursuit.
To promote the related science and technology and business development in the region, Myanmar hosted for the first time in 2006 the 12th Pacific Congress on Marine Science and Technology ( PACON) to exploit human resources, education resources and economic resources in the region.