The Caribbean Maritime University is now the premier educational institution in the Western Hemisphere.
Kingston, Jamaica – Palisadoes Park-based Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, seeks to solidify its position as a premier institution for higher education.
Speaking in an interview with JIS News, CMU Vice President Prof Ibrahim Ajagunna told JIS News that a number of measures are being implemented to improve the overall effectiveness of the institution, even though she is planning the new academic year amid the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
The university will begin classes for former students on September 21 and for new students on October 5.
Prof Ajagunna said the university council, in place since February, has been working tirelessly since March to achieve its goals.
“The new Board now meets every three weeks instead of once a semester. One of the areas of interest is to reposition the university’s image as one of the preferred learning universities in Jamaica and the Caribbean, ”he noted.
He informed that Professor Emeritus Evan Duggan, who was appointed interim president of CMU effective June 1, is considering “the entire organizational structure to realign and reorganize.”
He said Professor Duggan and the Council “have started different counseling exercises to look at some of the issues at the university.”
“There is an exercise that examines our registry process to make it more efficient in meeting the needs of our clients and another examines the structure of the organization so that we can get a realignment as quickly as possible,” noted Professor Ajagunna. .
CMU opened on September 15, 1980 as the Jamaica Maritime Training Institute, operating at 9 Norman Road with 30 students.
Picture: CMU. The university offers a wide range of courses. This is the first page of the student manual. The institution moved to its current headquarters in Palisadoes Park in May 1984.
In 1993 the institution became a statutory body and was renamed Jamaica Maritime Institute and in 2001 the name was again changed to Caribbean Maritime Institute, to reflect the expanded scope of its programs and activities.
The most recent name change came on September 28, 2017, with the institution being granted university status through an Act of Parliament earlier that year, becoming the Maritime University of the Caribbean.
CMU now has around 3,500 full-time students and 2,000 more attend short courses throughout the year. Each degree program offered is supported by a global professional certification – for example, professional navigation programs are approved and recognized by the International Maritime Organization and logistics programs are
accredited by the Chartered University of Logistics and Transport in London.
The Caribbean Maritime University is a higher education institution specializing in maritime education, applied research and training, for professional mariners and associated industry personnel, covering land, sea and air .