Strengthening the Chittagong Port Authority Training Institute (CPATI) in Bangladesh

22 January 2022

Continent: Asia

Duration: 2017-2021

Donor: the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the NICHE programme managed by Nuffic

Partner: Antwerp Port Training Center (APEC), UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Services and Solutions International Limited (SSIL)

16 July 2020

Introduction to the project

The economic growth rate of Bangladesh has been increasing in the last few decades, largely boosted by the Chittagong Port located on the banks of the Karnaphuli River. The Chittagong port handles 90% of Bangladesh’ export-import trade and continuous to grow fast. To respond to this growth, the Chittagong Port Authority Training Institute (CPATI) -a unique training institute in Bangladesh- needed to offer quality training to an increasing number of port employees. The Nuffic-funded project “Strengthening the Capacity of CPATI” aims to build further on the already existing capacities of CPATI, strengthening the institute even more to become a leading training institute in the maritime sector in Bangladesh.

Our solution: developing capacities for improved training

Since 2017, CINOP works together with CPATI to improve its trainings and establish a modern training academy in port management & operations and related subjects. During the project, 12 labour-market relevant courses were developed. The topics of these courses were based on the interests of the Chittagong port and several other ports in Bangladesh as well as the technical expertise of CPATI. Courses such as ‘Environmental Crisis Management’, ‘Smart Port & Technologies’ and ‘Health, Safety, Quality and Environment’ were developed and implemented. All teaching staff has successfully completed a pedagogical/didactical training in Competency Based Education and Training (CBET) in order to offer the developed courses with good quality.

Since the port-sector is a largely male-dominated field, the project emphasised the importance of an improved gender balance and equal opportunities for women in all teaching and management positions. Gender awareness trainings are organised for both staff as well as students in the institute, creating more awareness of the challenges girls and women encounter in the maritime sector and encouraging teachers to teach with a gender sensitive approach.

Other activities that were part of the project:
– stakeholder involvement in training and education
– Infrastructure of CPATI improved
– Organisational policies and structures established

All in all, the project’s main goal is to enable CPATI to offer labour market relevant training courses and curricula that improve human resources and enables the port to cope with the country’s economic potential.


Also for CPATI, the COVID-19 crisis has negatively affected their ability to continue training sessions. Fortunately, CPATI had already started implementing an online (e-)learning platform in 2019. This Moodle environment already contained the content of two courses: ‘Port Specialist in HR’ and ‘Port Engineering’, which was a great advantage during the crisis.

This project is running until March 2021. CPATI takes also part in the Nuffic-funded OKP project with the BSMR Maritime University. The institute will therefore continue to develop, and increasingly work together with higher education in the maritime sector.

Picture of example moodle training content
Picture of example moodle training content

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