Transition to Net Zero: Technology, Funding and Education
Seafarers all over the world are turning to MLA College to advance their careers in sustainable shipping through part-time, distance learning education.
The global shipping industry is claimed to carry more than 90 per cent of world trade, largely because ships have superiority over other modes of transport when it comes to carrying large quantities of cargo safely, cost effectively, efficiently, and in an environmentally acceptable manner. While sea transport is essential for trade and standard of living, the industry produces more than 3% of global carbon dioxide emissions.
The global regulator of shipping, the International Maritime Organization has set ambitious targets for the industry to cut their emissions in half by 2050 and many shipping companies and individuals are turning to education and training as a solution. The International Chamber of Shipping has taken this further by suggesting zero emissions by 2050 (MEPC 77/7/22).
Many advances in sustainable and more environmentally acceptable shipping have already been made and the environmental impacts of these are being seen; however, without a highly skilled and trained workforce, it’s harder for standards to be met and maintained.
It is evident that education of seafarers and others involved in shipping plays a central role in this, as seafarers are seeking-out university level qualifications in this area. Distance learning enables existing personnel to invest in themselves to open opportunities for personal growth, new job responsibilities and career progression.
Individuals from across the globe are enrolling on MLA College’s Bachelors and Masters programmes in Sustainable Maritime Operations in a bid to gain the knowledge required to tackle sustainability within the maritime industry.
Tailored specifically for the marine and maritime industry, seafarers can gain a degree, even whilst away at sea. The innovative way that MLA College has designed and delivers their course materials provides the flexibility and freedom for seafarers to study at times that suit them, fits in around their work, family and life commitments.
What’s more, working with industry experts, MLA College ensure that the content of the programme is relevant, up-to-date and to the highest possible standards. Within these courses seafarers and others from the sector can expect to explore the social, economic and political aspects of sustainability, learn about protecting the marine life and environment as well as learn about the governance, regulation and leadership.
With new students starting with us every January, May and September from all over the world it is evident that there is a willingness from individuals to gain the skills and knowledge to tackle sustainable shipping now and into the future. Based on our interaction with them and our industry partners we continue to design new pioneering educational material in support of the industry and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The BSc (Hons) and MSc Sustainable Maritime Operations degree programmes are delivered by part-time distance learning and verified by the University of Plymouth. Students can join the programme in January, May or September and once learning materials are downloaded, can study anywhere in the world, even without internet connection. MLA College offer a Women in Maritime Scholarship to help tackle gender inequalities.