South Asia’s second Maritime University to be set up in Chittagong

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South Asia’s second Maritime University to be set up in Chittagong
Sonia H Moni

South Asia’s second Maritime University, Sheikh Mujib Maritime University, will be set up at Chittagong with a view to meeting the rising demand of mariners and development of maritime sector of the country.

Shipping minister Shajahan Khan told the FE on Friday, “There is a huge demand of mariners across the globe and 200 cadets are graduating every year from Bangladesh Marine Academy.”

“We have a plan to set up six marine academies in Narayangong, Barisal, Khulna, Pabna, Rangpur and Sylhet and more than 500 cadets will be able to graduate from these academies.”

The minister said that now Bangladesh is making ships and selling those to the foreign countries. So the nation should be prepared for the future demand of mariners and development of maritime sector of the country.

Bangladesh Marine Academy Commandant Sajid Hussain told the FE, “The Bangladesh Marine Academy is situated on 100 acres of land in Chittagong and 50 per cent of space is unused. The Sheikh Mujib Maritime University will be set up on 35 acres of land.”

“Initially around 100 students will get admitted in five department in university. We have a plan to build eight-storied 8 to 10 buildings for academic building, accommodation of students and others.”

He expressed the hope that foreign students from fur east countries, Middle East, Malaysia and African countries will come to study in the university.

The Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lay foundation stone today (Saturday) of the Sheikh Mujib Maritime University on seven acres of land in Chittagong. She will also attend the graduation parade of 45th batch cadets of Bangladesh Marine Academy.

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