It was a proud moment for HBV, when the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU) membership was awarded on 7th of October at their Annual General Assembly which took place at Opatija, Croatia.
– This membership is important for us as we strive to interlink with international maritime educational institutions. I believe both our research and education in this field will benefit from our collaboration within the IAMU, says Rector at HBV, Petter Aasen.
Associate Professor Salman Nazir, from the Department of Maritime Technology, Management and Innovation (MTDI) at HBV, received the membership.
– It was an honor to represent HBV at this prestigious assembly. The delegates from various member countries are leading the domain of Maritime Education and Training, says Nazir.
At the forefront
IAMU was founded by seven universities representing the five continents of the world (Representative Universities) in November, 1999, with a shared recognition of significance of maritime education and training in the rapid globalization of the international shipping arena.
Since then, IAMU has significantly expanded its membership, and reached up to 57 members from all around the world. All of the members are at the forefront of maritime education, training and research.
HBV are the first Norwegian member of this body (from 8th of October 2015), which is attained after quality assurance visits by a designated member of IAMU.
The IAMU-membership offers good possibilities for HBV to develop reliable connections with leading maritime universities/institutions from various parts of the world.
– It was a pleasure to develop networking with various maritime institutions and to initiate dialogue with Australian Maritime University, Massachusetts Maritime Academy and The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport. I have found the delegates very open for cooperation in the education as well as in research. There will be possibilities for shared masters and PhD programs and some shared project applications and research articles, says Salman.
Assistant Professor Tine Viveka Westerberg initiated and submitted the membership application process after being approached by other IAMU members which she has collaborated with over the last few years.
The visits of IAMU delegates inspection was supported by Associate Professor Salman Nazir, head of MTDI Anne Kari Botnmark and head of IMAR Ketil Andre Sollien. Both leaders have encouraged and facilitated the whole process of attaining the membership.
Every year IAMU invite project applications from the members which are evaluated thorough before the grant of funding. There were 40 project applications this year from the member countries to IAMU. Among the four winners was the project application led by Liverpool John Moores University – where MTDI (HBV) is partner.