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One month in China

The 2016 Port and Shipping Talent Advanced Training Programme started on the 5th of September at the Shanghai Maritime University’s (SMU) Shanghai Advanced Institute of International Shipping. Thirty trainees from seven countries, namely Sri Lanka, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Togo, Tanzania, South Africa and Kenya attended the one month professional training programme. The programme was sponsored by the China Merchants Charitable Foundation (CMCF), China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort) and organised by the “China Merchants C Blue Training Programme” Charitable project. The Graduate School’s Ms Nomtha Hadi represented NMMU on the programme. 

The programme aims to provide advanced educational support in an effort to increase the level of global port management skills, provide an in depth understanding of the theory and experience in the port and shipping related field, and provide a balanced approach for port related industries.

During the first three weeks, attendees received training from experts within the Shanghai Maritime University as well as case study analysis on best practices pertaining to Innovative Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Shipping Finances and Economics as well as Maritime Law. The last week was spent in Shokou - Shenzen visiting port and terminal facilities, museums, head offices and logistics parks owned and operated by the China Merchants Port Holding Company.

This has been a great learning experience for Ms Hadi. She explained how she got valuable insight into cultural interchanges, port zone city development and innovative logistics and supply chain management practices at Chinese speed without compromising quality and economic growth. In the end trainees were expected to carry their home countries’ aroma to express their gratitude to the project team during the closing ceremony.

Ms Hadi certainly brought new knowledge, concepts and trends learnt in China back home and will provide guidance to others who would like to explore opportunities available in the port and shipping industry.