Unification of Marine Education and Training
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) developed the first standard for Vocational
Education and Training (VET) programmes for merchant navy officers (STCW) in 1978,
and it has been amended in 1991, 1995, 2003 and 2010 respectively. However, there
is currently no mechanism to monitor how these standards are being applied as many
VET providers have been found not to follow many requirements.
The SOS project (2005-7) was very successful in developing a harmonised programme
for the training of merchant navy seafarers and was implemented in Turkey in the
TRAIN 4Cs project (2006-7). For more information visit www.maredu.co.uk
The partnership, working in collaboration with major awarding, accrediting and licensing
bodies will cross-reference and include the international and local/national requirements
into the UniMET programme (SOS, MarTEL, EGMDSS, EGMDSS-VET &TRAIN 4Cs) with the
aim of embedding the programme initially into 5 partner maritime education and training
(MET) systems across Europe.
The UniMET project will use existing networks with extensive knowledge and experience
of maritime education and training (MET) institutions whose participants have a
vast number of years experience in leading and participating in EU projects to support
the harmonisation and standardisation of Higher Education HE programmes in Europe
in line with objective of the Lisbon treaty and Bologna accord.
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