The President and CEO of Jooway Shipping Industry, Mr. Han-Dong Bang gave a lecture to JKUAT Marine Engineering students in a bid to foster the next generation of maritime and shipping industry leaders.
While lauding the students for choosing to study marine engineering, Mr. Bang stressed on the importance of the Maritime sector in the eradication of youth unemployment. He said human resource development in the sector is vital in preparing society to adopt blue economy.
“I want to assure you that you have chosen the right career path. The global demand for seafarers is estimated at 1,545,000, with the industry requiring approximately 790,500 officers annually. This indicates that the demand for officers has increased by around 24.1%,” said Mr. Bang.
The CEO added that to fulfill the demand, concerted efforts and measures are needed to address key manpower issues, through promotion of careers at sea, enhancement of maritime education and training worldwide.
In the company of his colleagues, Prof. Yun Chul Jung and Prof. Weon Jae Ha, Mr. Bang introduced the Maritime Education Center for Kenya (METSC). The center is a volunteer organisation established in September 2021 by professionals of South Korea shipping industry to augment maritime education and research in Kenya.
JOOWAY Shipping Company in collaboration with JKUAT and Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU) has supported 25 Marine Engineering students for a year’s practical seaboard training in South Korea with two more beginning their on-board training, September 2022.
While welcoming Mr. Bang to JKUAT, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi thanked him, through his company, for the one-year on-board training that has enabled JKUAT students to secure employment with world major shipping companies including Mediterranean Shipping Company, Bahri, Kenya Navy among other local maritime organisations.
She further informed the visiting delegation that JKUAT had gotten the green light to offer a degree in Bachelor of Science, Nautical Science set to be launched in September 2023.
To enhance JKUAT’s training and capacity in Nautical Science, Mr. Bang offered to support one masters student in Nautical Science starting November 2022.
The meeting evaluated opportunities to strengthen and expand existing cooperation between JKUAT and Maritime Education Center for Kenya. It also explored the prospects of staff exchange, sourcing of Adjunct Professors and postgraduate scholarship for academic and technical staff for the newly approved BSc. Nautical Science.
In attendance during the meeting were Deputy Vice Chancellors, Prof. Bernard Ikua, Prof. Robert Kinyua and Prof. Jackson Kwanza, Principal, College of Engineering and Technology, Dr. Hiram Ndiritu, among others.