Maritime industry awards $1.9 million worth of scholarships
Some 25 companies in Singapore’s maritime industry contributed almost SS$800,000 towards the MaritimeONE scholarships pot, which was earlier this week awarded to 34 students.
Together with contributions from the government and local seafarer unions, the total pot came up to almost S$1.9 million – all for funding university studies in maritime and other selected subject areas.
The contributing companies hail from across all sectors of the industry – from port, to shipping, shipyards, and maritime ancillary services.
They include the PSA Corporation, Jurong Port, Keppel Offshore & Marine, NORDEN Shipping & Orient Fond, SeaTech Solutions International, Sembcorp Marine, and the American Bureau of Shipping.
MaritimeONE scholars are able to choose from 23 degree courses offered by local and overseas universities, all in the area of maritime business and international trade, as well as three specific maritime diploma programmes at the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA) in Singapore Polytechnic (SP).
The students come from a diverse range of backgrounds. For instance, Hor Zhi An came through the polytechnic route to end up at Nanyang Technological University, where he is pursuing in a degree in Business (Business Analytics). He is the first student with a background in Business Analytics to be awarded the MaritimeONE scholarship.
“With the digital transformation occurring in maritime, I hope my background in Business Analytics can contribute to the continuous development of the industry,” said Hor.
Since 2007, a total of 342 MaritimeONE scholarships worth over S$9 million have been awarded to outstanding students to pursue courses locally and abroad, emphasizing the commitment towards manpower development on the industry level.