Moving towards competency based training? Get everyone on board and keep all hands on deck!

30 March 2020

The case of the BSMR Maritime University of Bangladesh

As Bangladesh’s only maritime university, the BMSR Maritime University has the task to train and guide a large part of the future work force in the maritime sector. This is not an easy task, especially since the Government of Bangladesh has appointed the so-called ‘Blue Economy’ as the initiative to promote inclusive development in Bangladesh. The maritime pillar of this strategy is expected to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and employment opportunities in the country. The university therefore needs to live up to these goals and offer competent young employees that can develop the sector to its potential. But who are exactly the frontrunners in ensuring the university delivers competent graduates? Exactly, the teaching and management staff; the faces behind the institute.

Intensive CBET training for teaching and management staff

In February 2020, CINOP works together with the teaching and management staff for an intensive two weeks training. Intensive it truly is, because for two weeks all staff members receive training for 4 hours per day next to their daily tasks. It is perseverance, commitment, and the feeling of urgency that keeps staff motivated. The topic of the training is ‘Competency Based Education and Training’ (CBET) as a new approach that opposes the formerly strong focus on solely gaining knowledge within education. This focus on knowledge predominates within the university and in the educational system in general. In order to prepare students better for the world of work and to increase future employer’s satisfaction, they also need the right skills and attitude to accompany this knowledge. In CBET, learners are encouraged and facilitated to gain the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to become successful in their future profession.

I learned to always think about the outcome of learning, how is the class or the course going to benefit the learning process of the student?

participant, CBET training BSMR Maritime University

Training teachers and managers simultaneously

In participatory workshop settings, the participants gathered competences themselves on what CBET means, how to engage with industry for skills development and how to make classes more interactive. They discussed about the general and personal obstacles encountered within the university when trying to shift from knowledge based to competency based education. And for some of these obstacles, solutions are proposed. Having both teaching staff and management staff participating in the same training sessions is a blessing. Two worlds in the same institute come together, hearing each other’s challenges and creating a feeling to strive towards the same goal: “this university strives for excellence, and we all need to do our part”.

I liked the practical tools we can use in our classes such as energizers and the Kahoot platform, this was quite interesting

participant, CBET training BSMR Maritime University

Activities implemented in the CBET training:

  • Introduction in CBET
  • Occupational Standards & competences
  • Formulating student-centred learning objectives
  • Planning for lesson activities
  • Challenges & possible solutions in BSMR MU for shifting from KBT to CBT
  • Active learning and activating teaching methods
  • Fun tools for teaching
  • Energizers and icebreakers
  • Engaging maritime industry
  • Interviewing industry professional
  • Assessment in CBET
  • Evaluation of training programme

Are you interested in a CBET workshop from CINOP or would you like to receive more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us al Or contact one of our consultants who are the CBET trainers in this project in Bangladesh or

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