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January 2019 Open Day
Posted on Friday, February 1, 2019
The Open day in Chennai took place at our Institute Branch
offices around lunchtime.
Our sincere thanks go to the East India branch Vice-chairman
Ravee Tittei FICS who, as always, organized the event and delivered
a presentation about the Institute, the courses on offer, the
examinations details and the membership benefits.
The majority of the students in attendance expressed their
interest to start studying with the Institute.
The Sri Lanka branch organised the Open Day in Colombo at the
Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. It was a well organised event with a
The Danish Shipbrokers' Association, our ITC in Denmark, was as
always open for the event so that people had the opportunity to
stop by. It was a great opportunity also for local members to
gather and discuss future Institute initiatives in the region. A
big thank-you goes to Jesper Sebbelin FICS and Palle Klug FICS for
giving up their time to keep the doors of the Institute Open in
In Dubai the Open Day was organized by the Middle East Branch in
conjunction with the Branch networking event at the Grand Excelsior
66 prospective students including 23 students from the IMT and 5
students from S P Jain School of Global Management attended the
event. Mr Ravi Shankar FICS explained to the participants the
various academic programmes of the Institute. He also elaborated on
the fee structure, exemptions, study methods including the
tentative schedule of the branch lecture series and the
Krishna Prasad FICS, the Middle East Branch Vice President
delivered a presentation on "How to stay relevant in your
This was followed by a presentation on" Cyber vulnerability in
the Supply Chain and the blockchain challenge" by Mr. Pradeep
The format proved to be very successful with an over 30 members
and guests joining the networking session in addition to the
participants of the Open Day.
The South Africa branch held its Open Day oat the Royal Natal
Yacht Club in Durban. The attendance was good with a mix of
scholars and business personnel. It was very encouraging to see
that most people attending were new to the Institute
Chairman Eddy Neilson spoke about the various changes that the
industry is facing, while Vice-chair Catherine Moodie gave a
detailed description of the "Understanding Shipping" programme, as
well as information on the Diplomas and PQE qualifications and
This time the branch invited one of the local PQE students to
give a talk too: the idea proved to be a rewarding innovation as
the audience related well to his experience of studying with the
Institute whilst working. The question and answer session that
followed was vibrant and informative.
A very interesting point made by the branch student concerned
the practical efficacy of the Institute's courses in comparison
with those offered by other institutions.
In Hull the event was held in conjunction with the local branch
meeting. Generously ABP once again offered their boardroom for this
The branch is ready to go the extra mile and support deserving
students in the region with a sponsorship for the Spring PREP at
the beginning of April in Warwick and with an extra free revision
nearer exam period. If anyone in the Humber region is interested
should contact the Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Turkey Development Branch had a lovely open day. The event
was possible thanks to the support of the local members who gave
their availability on the day to welcome prospective students and
answer to any queries regarding Institute qualifications and
support offered locally.
This time the Pakistan branch put extra effort organising the
event offering several points of contact in several locations
around Karachi: Pakistan National Shipping Corporation, Karachi
Port Trust, Port Qasim Authority.
More than 100 participants attended the event at BEACH LUXURY
HOTEL and about 40 join us at MIMS HOUSE, Lalazar they were either
maritime professionals as well as new graduates.
The Open Day gave us a great opportunity to introduce the branch
members to potential students.
During the session our guests had the chance to ask various
questions and they were informed and guided on how to proceed and
register for Institute examinations and achieve Institute
qualification and membership.
The Liverpool Branch took part in the Open Day that was held in
the foyer of the James Parsons Building at John Moores University.
During the day a total of 31 students and local people called in to
find out more above the Institute and it's education programmes.
They also wanted to discuss their future prospects in the
The Branch is very grateful to Dr Robin Pine and all the staff
at the University for their help and support in hosting this
The gathering at the Baltic Bar was quite lively. About 20
prospective students came along: the majority of which from City
University. We also had some current students visiting they were
looking to know more about how to best proceed in their career with
A big thank-you goes to the Branch members who gave up their
time to support the event: Valerie Stringer FICS, Chris Hibbert
FICS, Richard Scott FICS, Prof Nikos Nomikos FICS.
The event held in Manila was quite successful with a lot of
interest in the Institute educational offer from the MAGSAYSAY
personnel. The group could join an ad-hoc presentation delivered
via our online platform.
The Greece branch kept its doors open ahead of everyone else on
16th of January.
The South Wales and West branch organized a quite successful
Open Day at the University of Plymouth with about 30 prospective
students visiting. The branch is very grateful for the great
support offered by local members who participated in the Plymouth
event: Carly Field FICS, Ian Perrott FICS, Philip Rogers FICS and
Richard Butler MICS.
All of the attendees were from the University and from many
overseas countries, so the hope is that they will remember the
Institute when they complete their degrees and join a local
The members presence was essential in assisting fielding
questions from the students. Furthermore, their individual life
experience helped to show the students the benefits of joining the
LM Institute Open day was held on 16 February 2019 from 10.00 to
14.00 at our centre.
The local on-going awareness campaign has started paying off as
in Port Luis there were about 35 students and families visiting.
Interestingly 3 registrations were received directly on the day.
Hopefully more students will enroll for the ICS
In Shanghai, a small group of prospective students joined the
local ITC staff for the event. They seemed to have enjoyed very
much the discussion around the Institute qualifications.
Some have decided to study towards the May exam session, and
have already selected one subject; the others will work to sit
exams in next academic year.
Around 5 prospective students visited our Singapore branch,
where the branch Chairman, Captain Dutt and his staff shared with
the guests all details about the Institute education programme. The
students were given all details regarding study options, fee
structure and the benefits of the Institute membership.
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