NYK-TDG Maritime Academy Opens in the Philippines
July 9, 2007
On July 6, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and the Transnational Diversified Group (TDG)* proudly welcomed around 950 students and guests to the grand opening of the new NYK-TDG Maritime Academy.
Those attending the event included Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, president of the Philippines; Philippine government officials; Ryuichiro Yamazaki, Japanese ambassador to the Philippines; and parents and family members of the 120 excited new students. NYK president Koji Miyahara welcomed those in attendance and offered a prayer for the success of the new college.
With the expectation of an increased need for seafarers as shipping demands increase, there is an urgency to recruit and train highly skilled individuals to man NYK's vessels. Therefore, NYK and its business partner TDG decided to establish this maritime college, which will educate and train future crew members during their school years so that they will not only be able to handle issues involving management but will also gain practical knowledge that is required on board vessels.
Brief Overview of the NYK-TDG Maritime Academy
|Opening||June 3, 2007|
|Course Study||60 students for courses in navigation
60 students for courses in engineering
A total of 120 students in each grade
Approximately 30 instructors (including part-time instructors)
|Location||Canlubang (approximately a one-hour drive from Manila)
Nine-hectare land space
|System||Three years of classroom work followed by one year of onboard training|
|Philosophy||To provide higher education that fosters highly skilled seafarers through training and character-building activities so that crew members can acquire the practical knowledge required to be internationally competitive.|
|*||Transnational Diversified Group|
|The Transnational Diversified Group was established by J. Roberto C. Delgado, chairman and chief executive officer, in 1976 and currently consists of more than 30 companies. Initially, the group was chiefly involved in agent recruiting and training operations. However, the group has recently been expanding business operations by establishing agencies for airfreight transport and logistics. The number of group employees exceeds 11,000, including office employees and seafarers. The group has been engaged in business with NYK since TDG's establishment in 1976, and NYK and TDG have developed a cooperative relationship over the years as partner companies in the Philippines.|