One of the world's leading maritime training institutions joined forces with one of Australia's oldest universities in 2008.
Since the Australian Maritime College's (AMC's) integration with the University of Tasmania (UTAS) its Principal, Professor Malek Pourzanjani, has focused on raising the institute's capacity for excellence. "My vision is for the AMC to remain one of the leading maritime providers in the world, which it has been since it was established in the 1980s," he said. The AMC undertakes research and teaching across the full range of marine and maritime studies and comprises three national centres (see below) and AMC Search, its commercial arm.
National Centre for Engineering and Hydrodynamics
The AMC's National Centre for Engineering and Hydrodynamics aims to be one of the leading research groups at UTAS within the next few years, and possesses a winning combination of high-quality researchers and an impressive range of equipment.
Through this Centre, students can study a 4 year Bachelor degree in Ocean Engineering, Marine & Offshore Systems or Naval Architecture. Offshore industries are booming and the naval architects and engineers trained by AMC are being snapped up. In fact, the graduate employment rate in this area is 100%, with an average starting salary of AUD$70,000 per year. Many students will often find employment before they finish their studies.
National Centre for Ports and Shipping
Captain John Lloyd, Director of AMC's National Centre for Ports and Shipping, believes the Centre's links with industry are a huge asset, while the scope and quality of its research and training facilities sets it apart from similar international institutions.
"I believe the work we're doing here - in simulation especially - is absolutely on the right track, and there's more to do," he said.
"The upgrade of the Integrated Maritime Simulator gives us a world-class simulation capability for all sectors of the maritime community".
Popular programmes within this Centre include a 3 year Bachelor of Business (Maritime & Logistics Management) and a 2 year MBA (Maritime & Logistics Management). The Centre also teaches a wide range of seafaring courses.
National Centre for Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability
The National Centre for Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability brings together expertise from across AMC and UTAS to address issues of conservation and resource use in the marine environment.
The Centre offers a 3 year Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Environment) and a 1.5 year Master of Applied Science (Marine Environment). In both programmes students can choose one of six majors - Global Change, Marine Conservation, Fisheries Management, Aquaculture, Seafood Quality & Safety and Ocean Governance.
As well as the AMC programmes detailed above, UTAS offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Arts, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Law and Science, Engineering and Technology. Generous scholarships are available for most UTAS programmes (including AMC programmes).
For more information about UTAS and AMC please contact:
International Scholar Education Services No. 3, Daisy Villa Avenue Bambalapitiya, Colombo 4
Tel: 2553466 or 2593571.