KOICA holds workshop to uplift SL Ocean University | Daily News

KOICA holds workshop to uplift SL Ocean University

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the grant aid division of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea held a workshop for the KOICA funded project for “Establishment of the Master Plan and Capacity Building of the Ocean University of Sri Lanka” on January 25 at the Grand Monarch Hotel.

Nearly 40 people including government officials and representatives from different organisations participated in the workshop.

The purpose of this workshop was to examine the current status of the marine and maritime sector in Sri Lanka to enhance the capacity of the Ocean University of Sri Lanka. The KOICA in cooperation with the Korea Maritime and Ocean University, Bukyung University and the Skills Development and Vocational Training Ministry of Sri Lanka has been implementing this project from 2016 to 2021 with grant worth USD three million.

Deputy Country Director of KOICA Sri Lanka Office JieSoo Lee, during her welcome speech, emphasised the need of higher education in the Maritime Industry to boost the economic development of Sri Lanka and acknowledged the gathering for sharing their knowledge in their respective fields of expertise. Vice Chancellor of the Ocean University of Sri Lanka Thilak Dharmarathne, while delivering his speech, explained the importance of the Maritime Education in Sri Lanka.

The main objective of the project is to support the establishment of the Ocean University by providing a master plan in order to ensure the optimum utilisation of the Indian Ocean’s maritime resources by providing the technical expertise. In this regard, the workshop was focused on current status and future vision of marine industry such as ocean science, fisheries, ocean engineering and maritime business and logistics programme.

Sri Lanka has emerged as a maritime logistics nation in Southeast Asia, connecting the Middle East, Africa and Europe with abundant oceanic and marine resources.

Therefore, it is expected for the maritime industry to play an important role in the economic development of Sri Lanka. Hence the Sri Lankan government, based on their policy for promoting the maritime industry, changed the status - “National Institute of Fisheries and Nautical Engineering” to “the Ocean University of Sri Lanka” in 2014.

However, in order to utilise the resources of Sri Lanka, there is a need for capacity building to generate higher educated personnel in the industry and be a part of the global logistics hub.

Therefore, in order to boost the economic development, it is necessary to establish a master plan for the institute. As a step forward, the workshop has been designed to map the current situation of Sri Lankan maritime capacity and to grasp the human resources demand in global ocean market.

The KOICA Sri Lanka office strongly believes that this workshop which included current status and future vision of various ocean industry program will not only bring significant improvement of ocean sector but will also open the chance for a better future for the students of a much needed field in Sri Lanka and proper master plan will serve as a great asset to overcome the struggles in developing a strong maritime sector.



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