Fatma Farukh Abdi, a 5th year Marine Engineering student will represent Kenya at the World Maritime Day, set to take place at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) headquarters in London, Thursday, September 24, 2015.
This is the first time IMO has involved students at their annual World Marine Day celebrations.
Fatma was selected by Kenya Maritime Authority and sponsored by IMO to participate in this year’s symposium dubbed “Shipping’s future needs people: Is global maritime education and training on course?”
Fatma says, Marine Engineering being a new course in the country, the Symposium will be a great platform to share her experience in Kenya, and learn about maritime education and training in other countries.
“I hope the symposium will be significant for me and other seafarers to put into practice what is required of them,” said Fatma.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, congratulated Fatma on her selection and told her, this was a great opportunity for her to learn from her peers from other countries and wished her enlightening deliberations.
The focus of this year’s IMO Symposium is on maritime education and training, to help further shine the light on the adequacy and quality of training.
The Symposium will demystify whether the current education and training is meeting the needs of the maritime industry to ensure safe and secure operations, as well as a sustainable qualified and professionally competent workforce.
After the Symposium, the student- participants are expected to serve as Maritime ambassadors in their respective countries and serve as role models for those secondary school students considering a career at the sea.