The Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) has awarded Bandari Maritime Academy (BMA) a certificate of accreditation, boosting the institution to worldwide status.
The KNQA was established in 2015 with the goal of increasing quality and worldwide comparability by coordinating and harmonizing education, training, evaluation, and quality assurance of all qualifications given in the country.
In 2019, the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) awarded BMA autonomy. It recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with City of Glasgow College in Glasgow, Scotland, to support the academy’s continuous transformation into a Maritime Centre of Excellence to overcome the industry’s workforce gap.
The MOU established a solid link between the two schools, and BMA will receive assistance in writing courses and developing teaching materials as a result of the agreement.
Seminars, workshops, collaborative research, and certification of training programs for students, professors, and industry will be among the other combined endeavors.
Visiting lecturers will be able to deliver in-person or online courses to each institution, in accordance with appropriate accreditation and legal criteria, as part of a maritime faculty exchange program.
The State Department for Shipping and Maritime Affairs’ Principal Secretary, Mrs Nancy Karigithu, reaffirmed the government’s commitment to promoting Kenya’s maritime and shipping industries.