The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport branch in Sharjah (AASTS) continues to work towards ensuring gender equity in the classroom and has the highest percentage of female students among maritime academies in the Middle East and North Africa, with enrolled female students accounting for more than 43% of the students
AASTS has announced a new collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure following the signing of a strategic agreement last month. The two entities met recently to discuss areas of co-operation.
AASTS hopes to utilise the power of technology, while also offering its research and development services to cement the UAE’s leading position as a global maritime hub. The two parties also emphasised the urgent need to train the UAE’s local students to be competent industry professionals who will take the industry to new heights.
The UAE’s minister of energy and infrastructure, HE Suhail AlMazrouei, said “The UAE has always been at the forefront in the global maritime industry. In the recently published annual Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index, the UAE ranked No 1 overall as the most competitive emerging GCC market and the fourth globally.”
“The Index evaluated 50 countries by factors that make them appealing to logistics providers, freight forwarders, shipping lines, air cargo carriers and distributors. The UAE’s achievement showcases our commitment to foster the development of the non-oil sectors. In this regard, the maritime sector has contributed greatly to the UAE’s economy. In fact, the maritime sector accounts for 30-35% of the total regional maritime sector investment.”
AASTS president, HE Dr Ismail Abdel Ghaffar Ismail Farag, said “The Academy has received unlimited support from the UAE’s leadership to empower and develop the maritime sector, therefore making it one of the best maritime academies in the world.”
“Since our inception, our primary goal has always been to create a thriving and prosperous maritime economy through our vast knowledge in the field.”
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