Close to S$1.8 Million in Scholarships Awarded by the Singapore Maritime Industry for Local & Overseas Studies
Singapore, 11 August 2017 – As part of the maritime industry’s long term plans to invest in manpower development, the Government, maritime businesses and local seafarer unions presented close to S$1.8 million in scholarships to 49 students at the MaritimeONE1 Scholarship Awards Ceremony today. Held at Conrad Centennial Singapore Hotel, the event witnessed collective support from maritime companies and various local and overseas programmes at the diploma and degree levels.
Funds for the MaritimeONE Scholarship Programme are pledged by maritime companies from the shipping, port, shipyards and maritime ancillary services sectors. This year, a total of 17 companies sponsored 37 MaritimeONE scholarships valued at over S$870,000. MaritimeONE Scholars are able to choose from a wide spectrum of 26 courses – 23 business, law and engineering degrees offered by 6 local and overseas universities, as well as 3 maritime diploma programmes at the Singapore Maritime Academy in Singapore Polytechnic.
2017 PSA – MaritimeONE Scholar, Ms Clarie Teo: First female President of the Singapore Maritime Academy Club helps keep the Straits of Singapore safe
New recipient, Ms Clarie Teo, will be pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore this year. As a social media influencer and ex-marine specialist with the Singapore Navy, Clarie has always loved how marine engineering is a good mix of hands-on practical, mathematics and science. She shares, “My days with the Singapore Navy has enabled me to see the maritime industry from a different perspective. Now that I am going back to school, I am extremely excited and look forward to contributing to the maritime industry – it’s great to be part of it again!”
2017 MaritimeONE Scholars, Mr Ryan Foo and Mr Muhd Hadi: Maritime runs in the family
Mr Ryan Foo is among one of the new recipients awarded the PIL – MaritimeONE scholarship this year. Ryan took a liking to maritime for its role in connecting people and countries, and will be pursuing a course in Maritime Studies at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) this month. However, the concept of maritime is not new to him, for his cousin, Mr Raymond Tan, was part of the programme back in 2010 and awarded the FSL Trust Management – MaritimeONE scholarship which enabled him to kick-start his career in the industry.
Mr Ryan Foo shares, “I remember picking him (Raymond) up from the airport when he returned from his Norway exchange, he had shown us some Norwegian paraphernalia and photographs of his experiences; i thought it was so cool that he was able to travel for work and studies, and I was intrigued with how fun his life was in the maritime industry. After speaking with him about the entry routes into the industry, I decided that I had nothing to lose, and applied for the scholarship. Today, I am just very grateful to be one of the recipients of the MaritimeONE scholarship programme!”
Mr Muhd Hadi also considered an education in maritime under the influence of his grandfather, Mr Juma’at Bin Hassan. Mr Muhd Hadi was awarded the SMA – MaritimeONE scholarship tonight and recalled, “My grandfather used to be a pilot at PSA Marine and told me stories all the time about his adventures at sea; this made me curious about the maritime industry. Later on, I visited Singapore Polytechnic’s Open House and was awe-struck by the navigation simulator housed within the school, and wanted to discover new things that I would be interested in. Maritime was definitely one of them.”
Since 2007, a total of 312 MaritimeONE scholarships worth more than S$8.2 million have been awarded to outstanding students to pursue courses in Singapore and overseas.
“In our drive as a leading International Maritime Centre (IMC), we have embarked on various initiatives to build up a strong maritime talent pipeline. Our investments in manpower are crucial in providing aspiring professionals with inroads into the industry and are a significant indication of our maritime clusters’ efforts to remain competitive.” said Mr David Chin, Executive Director at the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF), who was heartened by the strong support from the industry.
The MaritimeONE is now in its 10th year and to celebrate this milestone, initiatives such as the MaritimeONE Scholars Advance Programme, and a new microsite will be rolled out later this year.
Details regarding the MaritimeONE Scholarship Programme and its supported courses can be found in Annex A.
The Tripartite Maritime Scholarship (TMSS) is jointly sponsored by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), shipping companies, the Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU) and the Singapore Organisation of Seamen (SOS). The scholarship aims to groom promising students to become Ship Captains and Chief Engineers of ocean-going merchant ships and future leaders of Singapore’s maritime industry.
A total of 12 TMSS scholarships valued at about S$900,000 were awarded at the ceremony, for students enrolled in the Nautical Studies and Marine Engineering diploma programmes offered at the Singapore Maritime Academy in Singapore Polytechnic. This year, corporate co-sponsors of the TMSS scholarships are PACC Ship Managers Pte Ltd, Pacific International Lines Pte Ltd, Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd and Sea Consortium Pte Ltd (X-PRESS FEEDERS).
Further details regarding the TMSS can be found in Annex B.
2017 TMSS Scholar Mr Joseph Chew: Marrying ambition of becoming a Chief Engineer with dreams of travelling onboard a ship to see the world
TMSS Scholar, Joseph Chew’s ambition is to be an engineer. Having done well for his GCE ‘O’ Levels, Mr Chew explored various education options. His mother had wanted him to attend a junior college, and pursue an engineering degree at the university in time. He chose to pursue a Diploma in Marine Engineering at the Singapore Polytechnic. To Joseph, his choice is a win-win route which will not only help him realise his ambition to be an engineer but also fulfil his desire to explore the world onboard a ship, “Although I’ve always wanted to be an engineer, I’m at the same time drawn to the sea. A career as a marine engineer is optimal as it combines both of my interests. This TMSS scholarship will help me be more financially-independent and provide me the opportunity to gain a head start in my seafaring career and ultimately achieving my dream of becoming a Chief Engineer.” Upon graduation, Joseph will begin his career with Pacific International Lines Pte Ltd.
2017 TMSS Scholar Ms Nurul Fazira: Aspirations to be a female Ship Captain and mentor to future talents in the maritime sector
Nurul Fazira has always loved ship designs and how they function. Filled with a desire to become a Ship Captain someday, Nurul believes that hard work and perseverance will get her closer to her aspirations “Since young, my mother used to tell me stories of my late maternal grandfather’s adventures at sea. When I was 13, I followed my father who was a ship broker, for a ship inspection. It was when I was on the ship that I became very sure I would want to take command of a ship one day.” Upon graduation, Nurul will begin her career with X-PRESS FEEDERS.
Citing plans for the future maritime economy, Mr Niam Chiang Meng, Chairman, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said, “These are exciting times. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore or MPA, will be working with our stakeholders to map out an Industry Transformation Map (ITM) for the Sea Transport sector. The ITM will serve as a blueprint that encompasses strategies for productivity improvement, innovation and the right skills to drive future industry growth. With all these developments, many exciting career opportunities lie ahead for our new batch of MaritimeONE and TMSS scholars.”
MaritimeONE (Outreach NEtwork) is the key manpower initiative for maritime stakeholders to collectively raise awareness of the maritime industry as well as to profile education and career opportunities for students and committed individuals.
The initiative was launched in April 2007 by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF), Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI) and Singapore Shipping Association (SSA). Partnership activities include industry awareness talks, scholarship offers, student outreach events and regular networking events for employers and tertiary students.
About Singapore Maritime Foundation
The Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) was established on 27 January 2004 to facilitate dialogue and cooperation among maritime stakeholders from the public and private sectors. As the bridge between the public and private sectors, SMF aims to provide the industry with a clear and representative voice, and spearhead projects to boost its development.
SMF also organises and participates in a host of maritime events to strengthen the Maritime Singapore brand. To date, SMF has significantly benefitted from strong support from all sectors of the industry which has enabled the organisation to reach out directly to the community for new areas of work to improve the current maritime ecosystem.
For details, please visit www.smf.com.sg.
Singapore Maritime Foundation
(65) 6325 0269