China -Norway Seafarer Joint Training project, started
of it to the all-out support and wise guidance given running in September 1999. We owe every bitby China 's Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, of Communications as well as those given by Norwegian Prime Minister, the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, of Tradeand Industry, and of Fishery.
On the red-letter day when the opening ceremony was held, more than 100 guests were invited. On the Norwegian side, there were Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to China , Consul general to Shanghai , and Director General of NSA. On the Chinese side, there were our ambassador to Norway , top leaders from China Maritime Safety Administration and chief executives of China Shipping.
The purpose of the project is to train ships' officers in line with the requirements of STCW78/95. “Sandwich Mode” of teaching will be used here to ensure that graduates can satisfy the needs on the European labor market. The “Sandwich Mode” is that: first year, learning at academy to learn the basic navigation knowledge and English training; Second year, train onboard Norwegian Ships; Third year , come back to academy to learn the professional knowledge and get the competency certificates. The project will train the high-class seafarers which faced the Europe shipping market. Each year, Shanghai Maritime Academy and NSA will select the project cadets through English test, computer test and interview; at last the project will select 50 cadets (25 engine, 25 deck). The teachers which are all very excellent for the project will be arranged by SMA and NSA, some of the professional courses will be taught in English.