The annual assembly of the Shipping Programs Business Advisory Committee (BAC) took place at Alba on Tuesday May 22 .This annual meeting, consisting of distinguished executives of major shipping companies, aims to inform the Committee on the progress of the academic programs on shipping and at the same time to inform Alba's management on the actual needs of the shipping industry.
Following the briefings by Dean K. Axarloglou and the Director of Shipping Programs Mr. Spyros Vougious, the members of the committee engaged into a constructive discussion on educational issues concerning the development of the human capital both on land (at shipping offices) and at sea. Among the issues discussed extensively was the need for further training on the so-called "soft skills".
Participants pointed out that postgraduate programs in shipping should follow the real needs and trends of the market and capitalize on the knowledge and experience that this industry can offer. Some of the committee members stressed that professors should be well aware of the specifics of the market and the actual operating conditions of the modern shipping business. The discussion also touched upon the eLearning issue, in the field of maritime education and training, where different and sometimes even contradictory approaches and views emerged among the experienced industry executives.
The Shipping Programs Business Advisory Committee (BAC) comprises of a select group of professionals from Greece and abroad and ensures the practical aspects of the program and that the program’s content is in line with the most recent developments in the shipping industry. It consists of (in alphabetic order):