Julie Lithgow, Director of ICS and Ms. Lei Xiao Fang, Director of Jiaotong International Cooperation Service Center sign the agreement on behalf of both parties. Standing behind are Mr Zhu Chuan Sheng, Vice Director of Professional Qualification Authority, Mr Xu Guo Yi, Deputy Head of Shanghai Composite Port Management Committee, Mark Garnier MP and Doug Barrow, Chief Executive of Maritime London. (Photo: The Institute)
The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (The Institute) has signed a strategic agreement with China's Ministry of Transport & Shanghai International Shipping Center to expand the delivery of its professional education services.
It promotes co-operation between The Institute and the Ministry of Transport which is designed to improve professional standards for shipping personnel in China and increase opportunities for international exchange in educational excellence.
The Institute will be responsible for developing curriculum content and implementing the program using experience gained from its work in other developing maritime economies. The Ministry will translate the teaching materials and promote the courses to universities, vocational colleges and the wider shipping community.
Director of The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Julie Lithgow said: “One of our core aims at The Institute is to increase access globally to our qualifications and promote professionalism, especially in key shipping regions. China has been a developing region for us for more than a decade, from the establishment of a Teaching Center in 2005 to the launch the International Shipping Professionalism Development Program in 2016. We look forward to welcoming more Chinese students and shipping professionals to a network that stands for lifelong learning, knowledge and integrity.”
The agreement was signed in China during a trade delegation visit organized by Maritime UK and attended by United Kingdom Trade Minister Mark Garnier MP, building on The Institute’s growing footprint in Asian shipping markets.
Mark Garnier MP, said: “This historic agreement combines two sectors where the UK is an acknowledged world leader; education and maritime services and demonstrates the strengths of UK business in forging new partnerships in high-growth economies. China is a major engine for maritime trade and I’m pleased The Institute has been selected as a key partner to support China’s growing demand for professional education and standards.”
In addition to organizing Institute Tutorship courses and training for China’s shipping community, the Institute's teaching center in China has arranged Institute Examinations in Shanghai Maritime University every year since 2007. Seminars and networking events are regularly held for Members and candidates, attracting strong attendance from across the local shipping industry.