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Sustainable solutions in the maritime and port sector in Bangladesh
22 January 2022
Donor: the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Orange Knowledge Programme managed by Nuffic
Partner: STC Group Holding (consortium lead partner), Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University, Chittagong Port Authority, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education
16 July 2020
Introduction to the project
As Bangladesh’s only maritime university, the BMSR Maritime University has the task to train and guide the future work force in the maritime sector. This is a great 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 deliver competent young employees that can develop the sector up to its potential. CINOP works together with the BSMR Maritime University in a Nuffic-coordinated project within the Orange Knowledge Programme, funded by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs (other partners: STC International, IHE-Delft, Chittagong Port Authority).
The Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 clearly mentions the existing lack of well-skilled and trained manpower in the Maritime and Port sector which hampers overall economic growth. The BSMR Maritime University is relatively young (since 2010), but is already an established quality university. In this project, we cooperate to strengthen the capacity of the university as to become a true Centre of Excellence. Focus is placed on the organisational capacity (ranging from individual competences of teachers to the organisational capabilities of innovation and growth), on developing new Bachelor and Master programmes, on establishing strong partnerships with the private and public sector (Public-Private-Partnerships), and on creating a network of knowledge-sharing among Bangladeshi and international organisations in the maritime sector.
This holistic approach does not only focus on strengthening processes and curricula within the university, it especially focusses on the relation of the BSMR Maritime University with other maritime sector organisations in and outside of Bangladesh. Cooperation in seminars, in joint- or practice-based research is of great importance for sector development. Through cooperation –especially between various sorts of organisations- we aim for innovation.
Establish a multi-stakeholder research agenda
Develop and implement labour market relevant Bachelor and Master curricula
Train teaching staff in didactical CBET methodology
Improved research capacity through PhDs and applied research projects
Develop and implement short courses in close collaboration with the private sector
Design and implement multi-stakeholder seminars for the maritime sector
Establish structural cooperation between the BSMR Maritime University and public organisations
Establish structural cooperation between the BSMR Maritime University and private sector organisations in Bangladesh and in the Netherlands.
Through training, teaching staff of the BSMR Maritime University is becoming increasingly skilled. The productive cooperation between all project partners ensures continuous design of activities. The project is running until December 2021.
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Carmen works as a consultant international cooperation in TVET education. She has experience in sustainable value chain development, ME&L, and knows the current state of affairs in the development sector through her background in international development (AMID programme). She loves to strive for sustainable outcomes and to translate them into opportunities and challenges for education and training in developing countries, with special attention for inclusion of marginalised groups.