Professionalization of the shipping industry via postgraduate education

Adolf K.Y. Ng*, Anita C. Koo, Athanasios A. Pallis

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The paper investigates the roles and nature of postgraduate education on the professionalization of the shipping industry. The recent growth of postgraduate education is marked by the massive expansion of professional programmes on disciplines which traditionally emphasized non-academic, apprentice-style learning approach, including shipping business and management. The reasons behind such growth of demands, however, have remained scarce and empirically under-researched. Understanding this deficiency, in this study, we have undertaken a questionnaire survey completed by students/graduates who are pursuing/have recently pursued masters' programmes in shipping-related business and management offered by six Asian and European universities. Specifically, we analyze student motivations, considerations, and sources of information before enrolling such programmes, the extent that the shipping industry or other forces act as driving forces towards such enrollment, as well as students' evaluation of the postgraduate programmes that they are pursing/have pursued. Integrated in these discussions are comparative analyses of the data provided by different student groups based on their professional experiences and cultural backgrounds. We believe that this study has provided the lacking empirical inputs essential for achieving the sustainable development of postgraduate education in shipping business and management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-373
Number of pages10
JournalOcean and Coastal Management
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2011

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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