On November 7, the NYK-TDG Maritime Academy (NTMA), which is located in the suburbs of Manila and jointly run by NYK and the Transnational Diversified Group (TDG), has graduated the 117 students comprising the academy’s Class of 2016.
NYK president Tadaaki Naito and TDG chairman J. Roberto C. Delgado, in addition to invited guests that included Ciriaco Lagunzad III, administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, participated in the graduation ceremony for the students, all of whom had enrolled in 2012.
“Your time to make a difference has come,” Naito said in his commencement address. “Under the severe business environment facing the shipping industry, ensuring a competitive advantage is important to continue developing. I hope that you take after your seniors and continue to improve your knowledge and skills. Always remember that success is the result of hard work.”
Since opening in 2007, NTMA has established a scholarship program for students who might find it financially challenging to pursue such a degree. The curriculum offered at NTMA produces high-quality seafarers by providing them with a unique core curriculum in addition to valuable training on board, drawing on NYK’s extensive experience cultivating the best seafarers from all over the world. NTMA has been highly evaluated as a maritime school and was one of the first maritime academies to be recognized in 2011 by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism under a new certification program for graduates of overseas maritime academies.
After obtaining the seafarer certificate of competence, graduates of NTMA will begin a career as a third officer or third engineer on NYK-operated ships and aim to become a captain or chief engineer on NYK vessels, including the more technically challenging high-risk ships. A total of 671 students have graduated from NTMA since the academy opened, and most graduates are actively engaged as officers or engineers on NYK-operated ships.