The motivations and expectations of students pursuing maritime education

Yui yip Lau, Adolf K.Y. Ng

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The ever-changing global environment has increased emphasis on the research and creation of knowledge dedicated to professional practice. The maritime industry serves as the illustrative example, of which it has transformed from a traditionally largely unskilled, labor-intensive industry to a capital-intensive, sophisticated one. This has transformed the nature of maritime education from a highly practical, hands-on approach to tertiary education emphasizing on business and analytical skills, as characterized by the increasing number of tertiary institutions offering under- and postgraduate maritime programs. However, the motivations and expectations of students pursuing such programs have remained under-researched. In this study, we have conducted a questionnaire survey towards under- and postgraduate students who pursue maritime programs. The aim is to understand their profiles, motivations, and expectations of respective programs that these students have enrolled in. Constructive recommendations and strategies are provided to contribute to an effective planning and management of program articulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-331
Number of pages19
JournalWMU Journal of Maritime Affairs
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015


  • Maritime education
  • Maritime programs
  • Postgraduate
  • Tertiary institutions
  • Undergraduate


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