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23rd International Maritime Lecturers’ Association (IMLA) Conference

29 June to 3 July 2015

Hosted by the Durban University of Technology, South Africa
Elangeni and Maharani Sun, North Beach Durban

IMLA is a no-border forum: a round table for discussions on sea-related issues. Teachers and other interested parties from all over the world dedicated to mediating in the process of Maritime Education and Training are invited to become members and to freely present their achievements, share experiences and exchange ideas. IMLA came into being in 1977 and held its first major conference in June 1980, when the Association’s constitution was adopted. Here its aim is clearly stated: “to promote contact and cooperation between Maritime Lecturers of all disciplines and to develop a body of professional expertise”. This it attempts to fulfil at its regular international conferences. It is therefore a privilege and honour for the Durban University of Technology to host the 23rd IMLA Conference in 2015.

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Theme: Challenges facing emerging MET Institutions – the need for collaboration

Sub-Themes: Maritime Education and Training

  • Building a student-centered learning environment
  • Promoting continuous professional development, lifelong learning and / or self-managed learning through distance or blended learning
  • Applying modern technologies to learning, teaching and assessment strategies
  • Bridging the gap between theory (cognitive domain) and practice (affective domain)
  • Training in ECDIS and other new technologies
  • Monitoring quality promotion and assurance in maritime education and training
  • Training in specialist areas e.g. polar navigation, salvage operations


Human Element

  • Making sea-going careers attractive to Generation Y
  • Attracting and retaining MET Staff
  • Creating employability of students through the acquisition of graduate attributes
  • Preparing students for a diverse working environment
  • Management and leadership in the maritime environment



  • Regional experiences in MET
  • Regional harmonisation of curriculum
  • Role of associations in supporting and promoting MET
  • Post graduate studies
  • Other contemporary MET issues