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Global shipping professionals show commitment to ICS examination programme
Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 and tagged as Education
London tops the list with Athens second most popular location to
sit ICS examsApril 17, 2013.
Newly-released figures from the Institute of Chartered
Shipbrokers (ICS) reveal that a record number of shipping
professionals around the world are choosing to sit the
At a time when the industry is entering the early stages of
recovery, the continued rise in numbers of students sitting
the exams - and their increasingly diverse geographical spread
- suggests that professional qualifications are more important than
ever to industry practitioners.
London remains the most popular location to sit the exams but
Athens has moved into second place for the first time. In
third place is the Kenyan port city of Mombasa,
where candidates from 11 East African countries are gathering
to sit the exams.
The ICS reports that the total number of examinations expected
to be sat in this academic year topped 6,000, breaking the
record set in 2011/2012 of 5,838. Even stronger growth is
found in the spread of accredited examination centres, which
have grown from 75 to 95, a 25% increase.
Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Director Julie Lithgow
"This is another record year for the ICS examination programme
and one that illustrates some global trends in maritime
education. London remains our most popular location but the
strong interest from Athens suggests that despite the problems
there, students there still see shipping as an attractive industry
for the future."
"In addition, the globalisation of our examination centres has
continued. Mombasa is seeing investment in its ports and
logistics infrastructure which is driving strong interest in
our Foundation Diploma as the industry matures."
Students in Athens will sit almost 1,000 exams over the coming
fortnight and there have been increases at other key maritime
centres including Mumbai, Dubai, Singapore, Colombo and for
the first time, students are sitting exams in Tripoli.
Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers President Robert Woods,
"The scope and breadth of qualifications offered by the ICS
makes the Institute a unique force for professional education
in the maritime industry. That role has been recognised once
again this year and the increase in numbers demonstrates that
even in difficult trading conditions, the industry views education
as the key to future success."
ICS delivers its main educational programme, TutorShip, directly
from its London head office and through a further 16 distance
learning centres worldwide. Students initially sit the
Professional Qualifying Examination, after which they can apply for
ICS membership, with all the career advantages and benefits
that this offers.
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