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THE Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dalian Maritime University to co-operate in talent and academic information exchange between in the maritime sector.

MPA chief executive Quah Ley Hoon and DMU president Professor Sun Yuqing signed the MoU in a virtual ceremony on the sidelines of the sixth Maritime Silk Road Port International Cooperation Forum.

Under the MoU, both MPA and DMU will work together on talent exchange in the fields of maritime and marine affairs, which include maritime safety, clean energy in maritime sector, port management, navigational technologies, as well as environmental management.

The agreement covers faculty exchange, academic information exchange, field studies and joint training programs.

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Ms Quah said with the global maritime industry making the change into becoming more digitalised and sustainable, innovation and knowledge are critical for transition of the shipping and port operations.

“Talent is a key foundation to the exchanges of ideas and expertise. Hence, we are pleased to partner with like-minded and forward-looking maritime stakeholders, such as Dalian Maritime University,” she said.

Through this MoU, we hope that it will enhance, promote and support the development of maritime talents and sharing of domain knowledge between Singapore and China.”

Prof. Sun Yuqing said maritime education and training has always been DMU’s foremost priority during its long history.

“It is our mission to play an active and leading role in this field. The spirit of collaboration, especially with industry stakeholders, we believe, is the key factor in ensuring our continued progress. As the driving force behind Singapore’s port and maritime development, MPA has been committed to promoting safe, efficient, and sustainable shipping. We are very pleased to work with MPA in terms of capacity building and sustainable development of shipping industry,” Prof Sun Yuqing said.

“And I hope this MoU will serve as a platform for exchanges and cooperation in the maritime sector between DMU and MPA, as well as between China and Singapore.”

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