S$2.7 Million In Scholarships Awarded To Nurture Talent To Drive Singapore’s Maritime Transformation

Scholarship awards with a total value of Singaporian $2.7million were presented to 66 tertiary students at the MaritimeONE and Tripartite Maritime Scholarships (TMSS) Award Ceremony today. The 54 MaritimeONE scholarships and 12 TMSS scholarships were sponsored by industry partners in the maritime sector. Senior Minister of State for Finance & Transport, Mr. Chee Hong Tat, graced the event as Guest-of-Honour.

MaritimeONE Scholarship

2. The 32 sponsoring enterprises this year include companies from a broad spectrum of the maritime industry, such as port operators, shipping companies, maritime service providers, as well as Institutes of Higher Learning. The total value of the MaritimeONE Scholarship disbursed this year stands at S$1.7 million and the number of scholarships awarded is 54, surpassing last year’s record of S$1.1 million, awarded to 46 students.

3. This also marks the first time the MaritimeONE Scholarship has been awarded to undergraduates in electrical and electronic engineering, as well asindustrial and systems engineering. The breadth of disciplines of the scholarship awardees reflects the evolving needs of the maritime industry and the diversity of career opportunities in Maritime Singapore. Recipients of the MaritimeONEScholarship can pursue tertiary education from a list of 36 maritime and non-maritime degree courses offered by local and overseas universities as well as three courses by Singapore Polytechnic.

4. Since the launch of the programme in 2007, approximately S$14 million in MaritimeONE scholarships have been awarded to 524 recipients. For more details on the MaritimeONE scholarships, please refer to Annex A.

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Tripartite Maritime Scholarships (TMSS)

5. This year, 12 TMSS scholarships valued at about S$1 million have been awarded. Introduced in 2002, TMSS is a seafaring scholarship awarded to students pursuing a Diploma in Nautical Studies or Diploma in Marine Engineering at the Singapore Maritime Academy at Singapore Polytechnic. The scholarship offers students an opportunity to pursue their aspirations to become ship captains or chief engineers of ocean-going ships and eventually take on leadership roles in Maritime Singapore. TMSS scholarship recipients will serve a three-year bond in a sea-going appointment upon graduation.

6. The TMSS is sponsored by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union, the Singapore Organisation of Seamen and shipping companies. The sponsors this year also included Anglo-Eastern Ship Management (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Fleet Ship Management Pte Ltd, NYK Shipmanagement Pte Ltd, PACC Ship Managers Pte Ltd, Pacific International Lines Pte Ltd, and Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd, with OSM Ship Management Pte Ltd coming onboard as a sponsor for the first time. For more details on TMSS, please refer to Annex B.

7. “Talent is the heart of transformation. I thank the industry and the union for the strong support in developing a talent pool to spur the growth of the maritime sector, which is entering an exciting period of change as it embraces technology and sustainability,” said Mr. Hor Weng Yew, Chairman of the Singapore Maritime Foundation.

Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) Launches New Minor Programme in Maritime Management

8. To ensure that Maritime Singapore has a sustainable pool of maritime talentand to support companies’ efforts to attract young graduates into the sector, SUSS has launched a new minor programme in maritime management. The development of the curriculum for this minor is supported by MPA and SMF, and funded by Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI).

9. Maritime management as a minor will be offered to SUSS students from July 2023. Students can take courses taught by both academic instructors and industry practitioners. Three new modules will be developed specifically for the programme, namely, i) Maritime Business and Management, ii) Shipping Contracts and Management and iii) Shipping Finance Management and Analytics. For quotes by SMI and SUSS on the new minor in maritime management, please refer to Annex C.

Reference: MPA Singapore

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