Over S$2.6 Million in Scholarships Awarded by the Singapore Maritime Industry for Local & Overseas Studies

08 August 2015

The Government, maritime businesses and local seafarer unions presented more than S$2.6 million in maritime scholarships to 58 students at the MaritimeONE Scholarship Awards Ceremony this year. The MaritimeONE (Maritime Outreach NEtwork) Scholarships and Tripartite Maritime Scholarship (TMSS) programme support various local and overseas diploma and degree programmes. In all, 38 MaritimeONE Scholarships and 20 Tripartite Maritime Scholarships were presented at the event held at the Conrad Centennial Singapore Hotel this evening. The total value of award this year is the highest to date for the MaritimeONE Scholarship programme, and likewise for the TMSS programme, which also saw the highest number of awards since the scheme was introduced in 2002.

MaritimeONE Scholarships

Funds for the MaritimeONE Scholarships are pledged by various stakeholders in the maritime industry including shipping lines, shipyards and maritime ancillary service companies. This year, 38 MaritimeONE scholarships are sponsored by 20 organisations, and are valued at more than S$1.2 million.

MaritimeONE scholars are able to choose from a wide spectrum of 21 courses – 18 business, law and engineering degrees offered by seven local and overseas universities, as well as three maritime diploma programmes at the Singapore Maritime Academy in Singapore Polytechnic.

Since 2007, a total of 238 MaritimeONE scholarships worth more than S$6.5 million have been awarded to outstanding students to pursue courses in Singapore and overseas. Details on the MaritimeONE Scholarships and courses supported can be found in Appendix A.

“The maritime industry in Singapore has so much to offer in career opportunities and development for our young people. It is a key pillar of our economy, contributing 7 per cent to our nation’s GDP1, and Singapore also retained its position as the most important maritime capital in the world in a recent survey benchmarking 15 cities. Hence, we would like maritime to be the industry of choice for students and the MaritimeONE Scholarship Programme is a key initiative to nurture talent for the industry.” said Mr Michael Chia, Chairman of MaritimeONE and SMF, who delivered the welcome address at the awards ceremony.

2015 MaritimeONE Scholars – Sisters (Alissa Ong and Angelia Ong)

Two of the MaritimeONE Scholarship recipients this year happen to be sisters – Ms Alissa2 Ong Shu Qin, and Ms Angelia3 Ong Shu Hui. The two sisters are supported by different sponsors under the MaritimeONE Scholarship programme, and are taking different paths into the maritime industry.

Alissa decided to sign up for the Bachelor of Science in Maritime Studies after hearing Angelia share about her studies and internship experiences at MPA4 and a ship management company, as part of her Diploma in Maritime Business course. Alissa is supported under the PSA – MaritimeONE5 Scholarship for her studies at NTU.

“I put Maritime Studies as my first choice because of my sister’s sharing, and after one year in the course, I am convinced that I made the right decision. The modules taught and the experiences shared by the professors and industry guest lecturers were all very interesting! I want a career that is rewarding, interesting and more importantly, something that I am really passionate about. I believe I have found all this in the maritime industry,” said Alissa, who will join PSA Singapore Terminals as an Operations Executive when she graduates.

Alissa’s older sister, Angelia, a SMA-PU6 – MaritimeONE Scholar, added, “My interest for the maritime industry developed over the years from the time I enrolled in the Diploma in Maritime Business at Singapore Polytechnic. Apart from the lessons in school, I also picked up a lot from my six-month internship with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. During my time with two departments (Vessel Traffic Management and Seafarers Management), I was a part of the team contributing to the work of running Singapore’s global hub port and it was truly an eye-opener!”

Angelia will pursue a degree in Maritime Business and Maritime Law when term starts next month at Plymouth University in the UK, as part of her MaritimeONE Scholarship for overseas studies that is jointly supported by Singapore Polytechnic’s Singapore Maritime Academy and Plymouth University.

TMSS Scholarships

A total of 20 TMSS scholarships were also awarded at the ceremony this evening, valued at about S$1.4 million, for students enrolled in the Nautical Studies and Marine Engineering diploma programmes offered at the Singapore Maritime Academy in Singapore Polytechnic.

The TMSS scholarships are jointly awarded by MPA, shipping companies, the Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU) and the Singapore Organisation of Seamen (SOS). Two new sponsoring companies (NYK Shipmanagement Pte Ltd and X-PRESS FEEDERS) joined under the enhanced TMSS this year, bringing the total number of companies to five. The other three companies are APL Co Pte Ltd, Pacific International Lines (Pte) Ltd and PACC Ship Managers Pte Ltd. For details on the TMSS scholarships, please refer to Appendix A.

1 Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

2 Alissa Ong Shu Qin is 19 years old. She graduated from Jurong Junior College and is currently in Year Two of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Maritime Studies programme. Her MaritimeONE Scholarship sponsored by PSA covers her four-year degree programme at Nanyang Technological University.

3 Angelia Ong Shu Hui is the older sister. The 21-year-old completed her Diploma in Maritime Business at the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA) in Singapore Polytechnic in May this year. In September 2015, she will commence her studies overseas for her Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Maritime Business and Maritime Law. Plymouth University is supporting Angelia’s one-year of studies in the UK as part of a collaboration with SMA.

4 Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

5 PSA operates the world’s largest container transhipment hub in Singapore with extensive connectivity to 600 ports globally. At the confluence of major trade routes, it plays a pivotal role in connecting global economies and markets.

6 The Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA) is part of the Singapore Polytechnic, and it offers maritime-related diploma courses. Plymouth University (PU) in the UK is supporting Angelia’s MaritimeONE Scholarship as part of a collaboration with SMA.

About MaritimeONE

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.

Media Contacts

Singapore Maritime Foundation
Regina Lim
Senior Manager
(65) 6325 0227
Cheryl Lim
(65) 6325 0226


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