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CMU Deputy President to be conferred with PM’s Medal of Appreciation

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The Deputy President of the Caribbean Maritime University, Professor Ibrahim Ajagunna, is to be presented with the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Education.

The announcement came by way of a letter from the Office of the Prime Minister to Professor Ajagunna.

In the letter, Prime Minister Andrew Holness noted that the award is being made “in exercise of the powers vested in (him) by Rule 4 of the Prime Minister’s Education Awards Rules 2005.”

The Prime Minister asked that Professor Ajagunna “accept (his) warm personal congratulations” for what he termed “your well-deserved award.”

Responding to the announcement, Professor Ajagunna said he was “deeply humbled” by the recognition.

In the meantime, CMU President Professor Fritz Pinnock, himself a past recipient of the award said he was “overjoyed” to learn that his colleague was to be accorded with “this tremendous recognition” from the Office of the Prime Minister.

“Professor Ajagunna has a long and distinguished career in education,” said Professor Pinnock, adding that “Professor Ajagunna has played a critical role in the transformation of the Caribbean Maritime Institute to the Caribbean Maritime University and in seeking to fulfill the vision of cementing the CMU as the maritime university of choice for global leaders.” 

The letter notes that the award will take effect on June 23, 2019.

A notification of the award is scheduled to be published in the Jamaica Gazette.

The presentation will be made at a ceremony to be held on the Lawns of Jamaica House on Wednesday June 26, 2019.

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Key CMU partner wins major award for Maritime Leadership

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A key partner of the Caribbean Maritime University – the President and Executive Director of the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation, ACMF, Dr. Geneive Brown Metzger has won a major award for maritime leadership.

Dr. Brown Metzger has been awarded the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation Rear Admiral Stephen Bleecker Luce Award for Maritime Leadership.

The ACMF raises funds to support scholarships as well as infrastructure projects at the CMU.

The surprise announcement was made at the J Luce Foundation Awards gala on Thursday February 28, 2019.

Responding to the award, Dr. Brown Metzger said “The James Dudley Luce Foundation is a champion for the neediest of the needy, and I am grateful and humbled by the extraordinary acknowledgment.”

The J Luce Foundation citation presented to Dr. Brown Metzger notes that under her leadership “the AMCF has become an outstanding and effective organization dedicated to the reduction of poverty in the Caribbean in support of the Caribbean Maritime University and has resulted in visibility of the CMU in the United States, providing scholarships to deserving students.”

The citation also asserts that Dr. Brown Metzger “embodies the characteristics of honour, intelligence, benevolence and integrity.”

The award is named in honour of the late Commodore Luce, an American naval education reformer and modernizer who rose through the ranks of the US Navy during the American Civil War to establish a Naval College at Newport, Rhode Island in 1884 and the US Naval Institute in 1887, and played a vital role in establishing what is today known as SUNY Maritime College.

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CMU President wins James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation Humanitarian Award

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Caribbean Maritime University, CMU, President Professor Fritz Pinnock has been recognized with the 2019 James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation Humanitarian award.

Professor Pinnock was one of three recipients of the award at a ceremony held at the Princeton Club in New York City in the United States on Thursday February 28, 2019.

 

In accepting the award Professor Pinnock said he was humbled by the recognition and remains driven to serve Jamaica.

The citation from the J Luce Foundation highlights that Professor Pinnock has “dedicated his life to uplifting Jamaican youth, transitioning from several years in the shipping industry to first lecturer then Executive Director of the Caribbean Maritime Institute to today serving as President of what he has grown into the world-renown Caribbean Maritime University.”

It also notes that the CMU has grown from 30 students in 1980, to 300 in 2007 to over 6,000.

The award comes in the wake of a partnership between the J Luce Foundation and the CMU which has seen the creation of the The Luce Leadership Centre at the CMU.

The two co-directors of the Luce Leadership Centre at the CMU – Romaine Wallace and Roberto Bennett – were also recognized for their work along with Dr. Abigail Pinnock who was among recipients of the 2018/2019 Luce Leadership awards.

The Centre has been developed to support the students on campus in Kingston, as well as for Young Global Leaders (YGLs) online around the world, with emphasis on Honor, Intelligence, Integrity, Benevolence, and Stewardship.

Professor Pinnock holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Sustainable Cruise Tourism from the University of the West, Mona Campus; an MSc. in International Shipping and Logistics from the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom, and a BSc. (Hons.) in Economics and Accounting (Management Studies) from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.

He is an International Maritime Consultant who has worked on numerous projects for a range of governments and international agencies and organizations.

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Implications of the US Withdrawal from the INF Treaty:  Is Arms Control Dead?

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Implications of the US Withdrawal from the INF Treaty:  Is Arms Control Dead?

The February 1 announcement by United Sates’ Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, that the U.S. would suspend its compliance with its obligations under the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) because of Russian violations brought echoes of a similar announcement almost twelve years ago.  On July 14, 2007, it was the Government of the Russian Federation that declared its intention to suspend its participation in the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty (CFE), citing violations by the U.S. and its NATO partners and their refusal to ratify the Adapted CFE.  One month before, at an Extraordinary Conference on the CFE at the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna, Austria, the meeting place of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), then, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Alexander Grushko had warned the gathered diplomats that the CFE Treaty was growing increasingly out of step with military-political realities which threatened its demise.  Six months later, Russia halted its compliance with the CFE, and, in 2015, permanently ceased participation in the landmark arms control agreement.

The fate of these two Treaties, which was preceded by U.S. withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Nuclear Treaty in 2002, does not bode well for the future of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), signed in 2010, and which limits strategic nuclear weapons.  Nor does it offer any optimism for the future of arms control in general. Rather, arms control seems to be on a precipitous trajectory that is being driven as much by geopolitical developments as technological advancements that have blurred the lines between conventional and nuclear weapons, threatening the start of a new arms race.

Signed during the waning years of the Cold War—the INF, in 1987 and the CFE, in 1990—the two Treaties have been referred to as the “Cornerstone of European Security”, reflecting the contributions of both instruments to security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic sphere.   Both Treaties, in effect, limit military armaments on the European continent, thus, reducing the possibility of large-scale military conflicts.  While the INF Treaty constrains the deployment of short and intermediate-range, nuclear and conventional ballistic and cruise missiles that are land-based,[1]the CFE Treaty addresses conventional armed forces.

The INF Treaty was agreed upon in 1987 by then U.S. President Ronald Reagan and the then President of the former Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev.  It prohibits the deployment of “land-based” missiles of 500 and 5,500 kilometres in Europe, (but not air and sea-based missiles) on the parts of the Russian Federation and the United States.  Since coming into force, it has seen the reduction of 2,692 short and intermediate range ballistic missiles that are ground based. [2]

Signed between the former Warsaw Pact countries and members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the original CFE Treaty came into force in 1990.  The Treaty reduced conventional armed forces, both personnel and certain categories of military weapons on the European Continent.  In effect, the Treaty and saw the destruction of more than 70,000 pieces of Treaty-limited equipment, eliminated excess war-making capacity in Europe, and established a military parity between the two blocks.  By restricting the movement of arms and personnel in specific geographic locations, the CFE prevented destabilizing build ups that could lead to surprise, military attacks in Europe.

When Russia announced its withdrawal from the CFE in 2007, NATO’s membership had expanded from the sixteen that signed the original CFE to include several states from the former Soviet Block “East of Vienna”. In announcing its withdrawal from the CFE, Russia protested that: NATO member States had not ratified the Adapted-CFE(Russia had); the Baltic States, as new NATO members, had neither ratified the original CFE nor the Adapted-CFE, thus,  NATO’s force ceilings exceeded the levels agreed under the CFE; and NATO’s refusal to ratify the Adapted-CFE until Russia withdrew its military presence from Georgia and Moldova represented an artificial linkage to the CFE.  Russia also argued that the planned U.S. missile defense systems in Central Europe and an early warning radar for Southeastern Europe violated regional arms control norms and posed a threat to Russian security.  The U.S. demurred, justifying the need for the missile defense capabilities in Europe on Iran’s advancement in developing ballistic missile capabilities.

In Russia’s present-day assessment, the increasing vulnerabilities engendered by NATO’s eastward expansion have devalued the security benefits of both the INF and the CFE given geopolitical and technological developments.  Similarly, NATO’s decision to base missile defense components in Europe has been cited by Russia in its charges of Treaty violations with regards to both the CFE and the INF.  While the U.S. and its NATO partners are numerically advantaged vis a vis Russia in the air and sea-based intermediate-range missiles, not barred by the INF, China, a key U.S. adversary, is not a party to the INF Treaty and has already amassed longer-range stockpiles of the missiles prohibited by the INF that have been judged to possess both nuclear and conventional capabilities.  U.S. withdrawal from the INF, therefore, provides cover for Russia to scale up production and deployment of the 9M729 cruise missile, which the U.S believes to be capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear warheads and of traveling over the 500 kilometres limit set by the INF.  Russia denies this is so.

Should the U.S. follow up on its withdrawal from the INF and place the treaty-prohibited weapons in Europe, Russia could reciprocate by installing such missiles at geographic proximities that would leave U.S. allies on the Continent more discomforted.  Russia, could, for example use Kaliningrad, on NATO’s doorsteps, as one of its bases in response for the use of Polish territory for basing NATO missile defense components.  With the Trump Administration showing no interest in further negotiations on confidence-building and verifications, and China unrestrained by the Treaty, arms control seems destined for expiration as Europe does little more than hand-wringing in response.

[1]Arms Control Association, February 2, 2019

[2]Arms Control Association, Issue Brief, Volume 11, Issue 4, February 1, 2019

Winsome Packer presently serves as Coordinator for Counter Terrorism and Nonproliferation Studies at the Caribbean Maritime University in Kingston, Jamaica.

Education Minister lauds CMU and KWL for new Professorial Chair

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Education, Youth and Information Minister Senator the Honourable Ruel Reid has said he is thrilled to learn of the latest partnership between the Caribbean Maritime University, CMU, and Kingston Wharves Limited, KWL.

Senator Reid was speaking on Wednesday at the launch of the Dr. Grantley Stephenson Professorial Chair in Logistics and Port Management at the CMU.

The launch took place at the Corporate Offices of KWL in Kingston.

Commenting on the initiative Senator Reid asserted that “as Jamaica positions itself to become a major logistics and transshipment hub to increase the volume of business that passes through our ports annually, the latest tripartite collaboration between KWL, the Caribbean Maritime University and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is a major step towards achieving this goal.”

He added that “investment in infrastructure is critical and equally so is the investment in capacity building and training persons at all levels of the industry. I am therefore thrilled to learn of this latest initiative by KWL to strengthen the existing relationship between the Caribbean Maritime University and Kingston Wharves Limited.”

The Chair will be held jointly by CMU President Professor Fritz Pinnock and CMU Deputy President, Professor Ibrahim Ajagunna – two of the foremost researchers in Logistics and Port Management in the region.

In addition to conducting research projects, Professors Pinnock and Ajagunna will lend their considerable expertise to providing strategic and leadership support for the KWL during the engagement which is scheduled to last from May 2018 to April 2021 and is open to being renewed.

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Dr. Grantley Stephenson Professorial Chair launched

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A new Professorial Chair has been launched at the Caribbean Maritime University, CMU, in partnership with Kingston Wharves Limited, KWL.

The Dr. Grantley Stephenson Professorial Chair in Logistics and Port Management was launched at a ceremony at KWL Wednesday afternoon.

Dr. Stephenson is the Chief Executive Officer of KWL – a key partner of the CMU.

The Chair will be held jointly by two of the foremost researchers in Logistics and Port Management in the region – CMU President Professor Fritz Pinnock and CMU Deputy President, Professor Ibrahim Ajagunna.

Commenting on the rationale behind the launch of the Professorial Chair, the KWL CEO said “Kingston Wharves is pleased to partner with the CMU on this very important undertaking. This step is in keeping with our pioneering role and deep interest in Jamaica fulfilling its potential as a logistics destination and leading in the growth of the industry regionally. ”

He added, “we firmly believe that any moves we make to develop Jamaica as a logistics hub, must be underpinned and guided by research and empirical data that will inform how we build.”

Dr. Stephenson also praised the CMU and Professor Pinnock in particular for working to deepen understanding  and helping to drive exploration of the wealth of opportunities in the sector.

For his part, Professor Pinnock observed that “Logistics and Port Management represent critical aspects not just of the Jamaican economy, but indeed the regional economy and the CMU is impressed by the bold step taken by KWL, under the leadership of Dr. Stephenson, to support research in this area,”

In addition to conducting research projects, Professors Pinnock and Ajagunna will lend their considerable expertise to providing strategic and leadership support for the KWL during the engagement which is scheduled to last from May 2018 to April 2021 and is open to being renewed.

Professors Pinnock and Ajagunna have written and published over 75 industry-related peer reviews and international journal articles in multiple languages including French, Spanish, German and Chinese.

 

CMU snags new partner in Galillee International Management Institute, Israel

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The thrust towards internationalization intensifies, for the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), as it added Galillee International Management Institute (GIMI) to its list of international partners through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. GIMI is a leading international institution in Israel that offers maritime, port and security training, as well as, training in higher education administration, to officers at the highest levels in various countries worldwide. CMU in similar fashion produces maritime officers up to managerial level and other land-based professionals in the allied and related sectors such as logistics and shipping, engineering, customs, freight forwarding, security and immigration.

The aim of this partnership is to formalize a working relationship for the expansion of training programmes in the areas of maritime, port operations and security management, counter terrorism and non-proliferation of mass weapons. CMU is uniquely positioned to advance this partnership because of its capacity to support the development of such programmes through its centres of excellence, namely the Centre for Security, Counter Terrorism and Non-Proliferation (CSCTN), and the Maritime Training Centre (MTC). The first, CSCTN, recently graduated approximately 40 specialized security professionals within Jamaica’s Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Unit and the latter, MTC, is the premier centre for customized maritime training.

The collaboration directly supports the shared objective of creating a co-branded Centre of excellence on the CMU campus that will facilitate both declarative and procedural knowledge facilitation in Security, Counter-Terrorism and Non-Proliferation. It will also complement the enhancement of the internationalization approach to curriculum development, the development of study abroad opportunities, interest and awareness in tandem with development planning systems; and provide assist and support in the development of bilateral agreements between the Governments of Israel and Jamaica.

US philanthropist to establish leadership centre at CMU

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 US philanthropist Jim Luce is to set up a new centre at the Caribbean Maritime University, CMU, to train Jamaicans in leadership and related skills.

The agreement to establish the Centre was signed on Monday, November 12, 2018 between Mr. Luce and the Minister of Education, Youth and Information Sen. Ruel Reid at a brief ceremony at the Terra Nova Hotel in St. Andrew.

The James Jay Dudley Luce Leadership Centre will operate both face-to-face classes as well as online modules. Mr. Luce who has also been appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the CMU said he was humbled by the opportunity to collaborate with the University.

“I was excited when the Jamaican Minister of Education Hon. Ruel Reid asked me to join the Faculty of the Caribbean Maritime University as Adjunct Professor.”

The Centre will offer a range of academic degrees from Associate to Doctoral and will include English as a second language (ESL) component for non-native speakers.

For his part, CMU president, Prof. Fritz Pinnock said the partnership would improve the leadership skills for student on campus.

“This partnership with Jim Luce and support from the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation establishes a partnership that will positively impact the well-being of our students,”  Prof. Pinnock said. “It will further accelerate progress in providing a platform for leadership excellence, enabling our students and Jamaicans at large to reach further heights in fulfilling their potential.”

The J.Luce Foundation has established a scholarship fund for CMU cadets and collaborated with Marietta College in Ohio in The United States. A US 1.5 million-endowment fund is being established as the Marietta College Luce Leadership Scholarship.

The Foundation is a New York State Corporation, with dual objectives to offer grants and ‘spotlighting’ to individuals and organizations bettering humanity in the fields of the Arts, Education, and Orphan Care.

Partnering for Bi-Lateral Growth through Maritime Education

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Jamaica and Panama will strengthen their bi-lateral relationship even more, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) and the International Maritime University of Panama (IMUP) on Monday, October 8, 2018 at the Opening Ceremony of the Caribbean Shipping Association’s 48th Annual General Meeting in Panama. This partnership emerged from the discussions held during  the First Meeting of the Jamaica/Panama Joint Commission for Cooperation, which was convened in June 2018 in Panama. The discussions focused on , among other things, how to leverage the strong historical connection between the  two countries to advance areas of education, port and maritime development, civil aviation  and culture.

The institutional collaboration is just one of the developments coming out of this Commission and is a strategic partnership aimed at strengthening both countries through joint cooperation for the implementation of international maritime conventions and other activities to support the development of the maritime sector in the Western Hemisphere. This will result in capacity building through the exchange of student and faculty as well as joint academic and industry publications and research, which will invariably lead to cultural exchange and enrichment, language diversification among native English and Spanish speakers and greater appreciation for the global nature of maritime trade and education.

Securing Global Certification in Engineering

Specifically, both institutions will collaborate to produce bilingual and marketable industry ready graduates with globally recognized qualifications in marine engineering and industrial systems, among other technical disciplines related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Panamanians, in particular, will be able to benefit from standardized training and certification offered at the world’s largest Festo Authorized and Certified Training (FACT) Centre, recently opened at the CMU headquarters in Kingston Jamaica.

Other projects will include joint research in international maritime issues, such as marine pollution and the control of emission from ships, as well as the implementation of the Ballast Water Management Convention with the support of the International Maritime Organization. The CMU is an ideal partner, in this regard, since it is recognized by the International Maritime Organization(IMO)as a maritime education and training institution. Itis also the only educational institution in the Caribbean that is certified by the International Standards Organization (ISO) and offers support through consultation to industry players across the region. Joint projects will also include the implementation of international and national standards and laws concerning the safe and efficient operation of the special boats.

A Comprehensive Approach to Partnership

The MOU sets the framework for additional collaboration and will form the basis of a sustained partnership between the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) and the International Maritime University of Panama. This will include joint degrees in Port Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management at both the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels (which carries international certification from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, UK), training in the areas of maritime welding, naval electricity, mechatronics and robotics (through the FACT Centre), border services management, port development and bilingual tourism projects which will all result in dual certification and recognition for seafarers and maritime professionals.

The UMIP is an autonomous state university with the mandate to administer programmes in accordance with the maritime discipline and technological development of the national, regional and international maritime community through teaching, investigation and extension programmes. CMU is an ISO 9001:2015 certified specialized university – the first of its kind in the Caribbean – designed to meet the growing needs for education and training in the maritime and allied sectors. Both universities have multiple accreditations and globally recognized programme offerings.

CMU Trains Youngsters for Shipping Jobs Overseas

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The future is bright for nearly three dozen young people under the age of 30, who have been trained and certified as multipurpose ratings for the international job market. As ratings or rates, they are equipped to assist in tasks that can arise during a voyage. These include for example, assisting in anchoring, cleaning and overall maintenance of a ship, such as repairing broken lines and ropes. These are critical activities that ensure the overall smooth operation of the vessel and require skilled personnel. The group graduated on Friday, July 27, 2018, after three months of rigorous training at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), and are already being placed in jobs at an international shipping company – one of the world’s largest carrier of fuel and chemicals in both their liquefied and gaseous states – EXMAR.

Guest Speaker at the ceremony, CMU Vice President of University Advancement and Development, Eron Mclean, noted that this is just the beginning, as several other sets of students will be recruited and trained to meet the growing needs of the company, which is increasing its fleet of ships, and thus require more trained seafarers. For decades, the CMU has certified hundreds of officers, management level merchant mariners and able-bodied seamen, through its Faculty of Marine and Nautical Studies (FMNS). Now it is engaging its Faculty of Advanced Skills and Professional Development, to reach unattached youth, and partnering with shipping lines to ensure that opportunities at sea are made available to these young people, who will take up jobs at other levels in the industry.

This multipurpose rating programme was designed by the FMNS, headed by Associate Vice President Captain Jhonny Pretell, who also designed the current seafaring Bachelor degree programme, which is known for its high level of discipline. Captain Pretell noted that “we, don’t instil discipline, in the literal sense. We design the training in a strategic way to inculcate a sense of integrity, respect and responsibility in the students. Once they learn the importance of these three principles, discipline comes naturally.”  He added that these are principles that will serve them well at sea.

According to President, Professor Fritz Pinnock, this is a significant development in the lives of the graduates, who entered the programme with under five CSEC subjects and who will now have the opportunity to earn up to USD$1,500.00 as a monthly salary. This, he notes, ‘is changing the lives of young Jamaicans’ who will gain exposure and experience all over the world, as global citizens within the international shipping community.