The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) today to support talent and academic exchange between Singapore and China in the maritime sector. The MoU was signed at a virtual ceremony on the sidelines of the 2nd Singapore-Shanghai Comprehensive Cooperation Council (SSCCC).
Chief Executive of MPA, Ms Quah Ley Hoon, and President of SMU, Mr Lu Jing, signed the MoU in the presence of the SSCCC co-chairs, Minister for Education, Mr Lawrence Wong, and Mayor of Shanghai, Mr Gong Zheng, as well as Vice co-Chairs Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth & Trade and Industry, Ms Low Yen Ling, and Vice-Mayor of Shanghai, Mr Zong Ming.
Under the MoU, both MPA and SMU will cooperate in two focus areas:
- Talent Exchange: To support the exchange of speakers/lecturers for events/courses, and host student visits in Singapore and Shanghai;
- Academic Exchange: To promote academic exchange and jointly organise training programmes and field studies between MPA Academy, the training arm of MPA, and SMU.
Ms Quah said, “The MoU is a strategic move for our two maritime capitals to strengthen connectivity, share expertise and facilitate knowledge exchange. Shanghai Maritime University is one leading global maritime university with specialisations in the maritime, shipping and transport sectors. This MoU will enhance information and talent exchange between Singapore and China.”
Mr Lu Jing said, “With a history of more than 110 years, Shanghai Maritime University has always been committed to the cultivation of shipping talents, and also attaches great importance to the exchanges and cooperation with the industry both at home and abroad. Singapore is one leading international shipping centre with a thriving maritime ecosystem. It’s believed that the cooperation between SMU and MPA will contribute to promoting the maritime industry development of China and Singapore.”