Navarino and the Business Centre of Athens (BCA) College are very proud to introduce the world’s first MSc in Shipping designed specifically for seafarers and executives, offered through e-learning on board ships. The program will be launched this summer at Posidonia from 6th-10th June.
The online Master’s degree will be available exclusively via the Infinity platform and allows seafarers to study and complete a full Master’s degree accredited by the University of Plymouth, wherever their vessel takes them. The MSc in Shipping is designed to be flexible in the choice of option subjects, and as it is offered on a distance learning pattern of attendance, making it ideal for those who spend long periods at sea. The course is designed for any seafarer seeking to expand their career opportunities and an in-depth education in the maritime sector, but who cannot attend regular taught classes due to the nature of their work.
The programme of study combines a thorough understanding of the theoretical concepts of shipping in particular, along with case studies and practical subjects. The modules offered cover the entire range of the main shipping business areas and functions, including modules on Maritime Economics, Chartering, Shipping Law, Shipping Finance and Shipping Operations amongst others, with a particular focus on decision making.
All course materials will be embedded within Infinity. These will include 15 hours of video material per module, e-books, webinars and research materials. Students at sea will also enjoy web conferencing and continuous teacher support online, all available over their own personal electronic devices. They will be able to complete the modules at their own pace, as their own time allows, making it a very flexible way of earning their MSc and perfectly suited for those who work on board vessels.
‘For seafarers looking to further their education, e-learning is by far the most efficient choice in terms of both time and cost.’ said Navarino CEO Dimitris Tsikopoulos. ‘The great value of e- learning stems from its flexibility, affordability and portability, three factors which combine to make it ideal for those who spend a lot of time at sea. Furthermore, thanks to the latest advances in satellite communications technology, E learning is now more accessible than ever before. It is therefore with great pleasure that we look forward to working in conjunction with the BCA college to offer this degree ‘online, onboard’. Mr Daskalakis, founder of the BCA, added ‘We are very excited to offer our MSc in Shipping to seafarers in such an innovative manner. Thanks to Infinity, this kind of education is now available even to those who traditionally have been unable to effectively participate in e learning programs, and we are delighted that we now have the possibility to reach anyone wanting to further their education, even if they are in the middle of the ocean.’