Shipping industry needs to look at higher education to keep up with changing global environment

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COPENHAGEN, 14 June 2017: The shipping industry has for long been a traditional industry. However, in an intensely competitive and fast-changing global environment shipping needs to start moving beyond traditional leadership development models, according to industry experts.

On the one hand, the shipping industry needs to become more active in identifying, grooming and recruiting the next generation of leaders, while on the other, it needs to build a vibrant and creative business community.

While there is a lot of discussion at industry gatherings and forums about the lack of qualified staff and a need for better education at entry level, there is not enough emphasis on how good quality higher education can boost shipping industry managers’ carrier prospects at later stages.

During the harsh economic climate of recent times, the maritime industry has been sharply reminded of the need for a better understanding of the market, and the need for industry professionals to search out job opportunities and possibilities consistent with sustainable career development.

One of the programmes offering this type of sustainable development is the Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics (the Blue MBA), a part-time two-year course under the aegis of the Copenhagen Business School.

Irene Rosberg, the director of the Blue MBA programme notes that CBS’s shipping programme has aligned the art of academic research with the more practical side of the maritime business. “It has provided the industry with capabilities to enable it to stay competitive by investing in individuals who run this industry,” she said. “The programme was set up in response to the challenge of ever-increasing demands for executive management skills within the shipping industry,” she added.

Earlier this year CBS established an Alumni Association for the Blue MBA to help senior executives in the maritime industry and associated sectors across the globe who have graduated or are involved in graduate studies at the CBS. Its objective is to forge closer links between alumni but to also form a link between the maritime industry and academia and to generate awareness of the Blue MBA among maritime businesses, the media and political stakeholders.

The alumni programme now numbers over 200 graduates from the past 16 years dotted all over the world who represent the different segments of this industry.

“What makes this alumni association different from other networks is that the men and women have a similar mind-set about how to look at the many challenges faced in the shipping arena. They speak a common language, more so than would be the case in other groupings,” said Rosberg.

Enrollment is now open for CBS’s Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics which is due to start in September.


Press release distributed by PressHalo on behalf of Copenhagen Business School, on 14th June, 2017.