A collaboration between Hunter TAFE’s Hunter Maritime College and the Australian Maritime College will offer maritime professionals the opportunity to complete the third and final year of a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science) degree in Newcastle.
Through the partnership, Hunter Maritime College (HMC), based at Hunter TAFE's Newcastle campus, will become just the third location in Australia, and the only on the east coast, to deliver the Australia Maritime Safety Authority approved qualification.
Hunter TAFE Institute Director Christine Warrington said the partnership is a great education opportunity for maritime professionals.
“Hunter Maritime College is located right next to the world's largest coal export port and one of Australia's largest ports by throughput tonnage,” said Ms Warrington.
“This partnership with the Australian Maritime College will provide maritime professionals with greater choice about where they would like to study AMSA approved qualifications at a higher education level.”
The Australian Maritime College’s National Centre for Ports and Shipping Director, Professor Thanasis Karlis, explained why the College is partnering with HMC to offer the degree.
“Via this partnership, we aim to bring the benefits of this higher education qualification to more maritime professionals by providing an additional location in which to study," he said.
“The AMSA-accredited qualification equips participants with the managerial skills necessary in today’s diverse shipping environment and is ideal for maritime professionals aspiring to leadership roles.”