WISTA International and Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Sign MOU to support professional Education for Women in the Maritime Industry

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Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA International) and Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (The Institute) are partnering to increase the professional competence and enhance educational opportunities for women in the maritime industry.

In a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed today in London, the two organisations will offer five scholarships annually over the next 10 years to individuals nominated by WISTA International. The scholarship will cover the Foundation Diploma programme at The Institute.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for individuals and companies to enhance the level of education and knowledge in the industry,” said Karin Orsel, president of WISTA International.

“We’re very excited to be coordinating with The Institute to make these scholarships available and provide professional development opportunities for female leaders in the maritime industry. The maritime industry is strengthened by the development of a diverse and inclusive workforce,” said Julie Lithgow, director of The Institute.  “We’re proud to be working with WISTA International to promote advancement opportunities for women in the maritime industry,” she added.

The goal of the scholarship programme is to provide individuals with  deeper knowledge  of the maritime industry– the Foundation Diploma is ideal for individuals with maritime experience who are interested in gaining additional practical and commercial skills and knowledge.

In addition to a general shipping component, the diploma allows an individual to select a specialized subject area. These are dry cargo chartering, ship operations and management, ship sale and purchase, tanker chartering, liner trades, port agency, logistics and multimodal transport, port and terminal management, offshore support industry, shipping law, maritime insurance and shipping finance.

The scholarship programme is available to all WISTA members worldwide. Individuals must be nominated by their National WISTA Association by June 23, 2017. The first scholarship cohort will begin their studies in September 2017. For more information on the scholarship programme, please visit www.wista.net.