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LR: Damian White, Tas Rail; Professor Natalia Nikolova, AMC; Mr Dean Cook. AMC Search

The Australian Maritime College’s international accomplishments have been recognised with an award from the Launceston Chamber of Commerce.

The Australian Maritime College (AMC) was awarded the prize for Best Export 2016 at the Business Excellence Awards, held on 22nd October.

The annual awards recognise successful businesses and organisations in Northern Tasmania, highlighting the contribution they make to the region in economic, employment and social terms.

AMC was recognised for the overseas export of its maritime courses; its international research collaborations; and for attracting significant numbers of international students and staff to the region.

College Principal, Professor Neil Bose, explained why the achievement is such an important one.

“We are delighted to be recognised for our contribution to building commercial, research and social links between Northern Tasmania and the rest of the world.

“The Australian Maritime College is proud to be able to contribute to the economic, social and cultural fabric of Launceston via the students and staff we attract to the region, and the services designed and developed here in Tasmania that we export internationally.

“Our overseas activity—particularly in the areas of vocational training—has grown in recent years, with students in more and more countries able to benefit from training and education that is designed and developed here in Launceston.”

Highlights of the College’s main international achievements over the last year include:

  • Providing patrol boat training to 13 Pacific Island nations to enable them to independently patrol and protect their exclusive economic zones.
  • Delivering nationally-accredited training in the Torres Strait as part of the Torres Strait Maritime Pathways Project; of the 217 students who have taken part in the program to date, 87% achieved the qualification and 90% are now employed in the maritime sector.
  • Offering the first coastal seafaring qualification in the United Arab Emirates in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Ports.
  • Providing training to a group of 30 Indonesian students in vessel traffic services operation at a new facility in Jakarta and 40 employees from Japanese ferry company Sado Kisen completed a high-speed vessel safety course at Naoetsu port.
  • Delivering online training courses that have been completed by over 2,500 students, 50% of them located overseas; in Fiji, France, India, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Tuvalu.
  • Numerous international research collaborations, including Cavitation Tunnel research projects with America and Japan.
  • Attracting significant numbers of interstate and international students to the region to study at the College: 78% of our 1,077 undergraduate students are from outside Tasmania and 50% are from overseas.
  • Employing 150 people, bringing $100 million per annum into the Launceston region through the economic multiplier effect.
  • Australian Maritime College graduates are employed in over 50 countries.

Published on: 25 Oct 2016