The Global Maritime Academy (GMA) has graduated a total of 135 students and promised to produce the best personnel for the maritime industry in Africa.
The graduated students bagged Diplomas, Certificates, GMA Fellowship and various prizes and awards at the 2022/2023 convocation and passing-out parade that took place recently at the campus of the academy situated at Agbowhiame, Delta State.
Speaking at the event, the Rector of GMA, Dr. Mike Egbago, said that GMA always strives for excellence and the fruits of the collective efforts of GMA have been visible in the last 15years of its existence.
Dr. Egbago affirmed that achievements of GMA stand as testimonies to the quality of education imparted at GMA and unwavering commitment to staff members.
He disclosed that over the years, GMA has nurtured and shaped young minds, instilling in them the values of knowledge, integrity and perseverance, adding that the graduates from GMA have become leaders, innovators and agents of change in various fields which the school is proud of.
The GMA Rector solicited for the continued support for the growth and improvement and humbly requested for support in enhancing infrastructure particularly in the area of library materials.
According to him “with your support, we can continue to build on the legacy of GMA, ensuring that the future generations of the students receive the best possible education. Together, let us create an environment that fosters curiosity, creativity and a thirst for knowledge.”
In his address, the chairman of the Governing Council of the GMA, Professor Christopher Orubu, said that from a humble beginning, Global Maritime Academy has emerged as a beacon of excellence in maritime education, leadership and global collaboration.
Professor Orubu noted that the dedicated staff, industry partnership and the commitment of the students have been the driving forces behind the success recorded by the school so far.
According to him, “We have embraced cutting-edge technologies, adapted to involving industry trends and consistently strived for academic excellence. The result is the graduating class that stands ready to embark on successful careers in the maritime sector. Throughout the years, we have invested in state-of-art facilities and research initiatives to provide our students with comprehensive and practical learning experience. We have secured approval for additional nine courses from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in 2023”.
He urged the graduates that as they embark on that professional and career journeys they should remember that they are the ambassadors of a distinguished institution that continues to redefine the standards of maritime education.
“As the demands for maritime education continue to grow and to meet the demand and maintain our commitment to excellence, we seek the support of our stakeholders, partners and the wider community in ensuring the availability of adequate financial resources. Upgrading laboratories, expanding facilities and incorporating the latest technologies are vital steps in keeping our institution at the forefront of maritime education.”
The guest speaker, Mr. Emmanuel Maiguwa delivered the graduation lecture titled “The Relevance of the Blue Economy.”