Cape Town, South Africa (SA)

The International Maritime Business (IMB) Department of Massachusetts Maritime Academy partnered with The South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) for the 2018 Winter Experiential Learning (EL) Program in South Africa where they were hosted in the cities of Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Which is the eastern and western west cape areas of South Africa. The IMB Department, in its constant efforts to create disciplined, hard-working and positive-thinking professionals who will be generally well-versed in all functional areas of international business had a common interest with SAIMI as they also are committed to rigorous and thoroughly professional maritime programs. SAIMI’s primary purpose in the program was to facilitate linkages and collaboration amongst role players in maritime research, business education and training. The Institute went above and beyond its call of duty as they hosted MMA cadets for their EL Program. SAIMI played their key role between industry and educational institutions, with the aim of strengthening maritime education and research through facilitating co-ordination and co-operation among education providers.

Under the direct hosting by SAIMI through its CEO, Professor Malek Pourzanjani and Yvette De Klerk, Director of Maritime Training and National Cadet Program Manager, the IMB cadets had an unforgettable, enriching and highly educational international maritime program. Partners to the EL Program included the ports, the media and the entire Maritime Community (Port Safety, Schools, SAMSA, Transnet, and Maritime Businesses/Skills Development Organizations). On this note, MMA would like to once again thank the following organizations and people who showed MMA the real meaning of serving within the global maritime community: South African International Maritime Institute, Nelson Mandela Bay Maritime Cluster, TNPA / Port of PE, Siyaloba Training Academy, SA Squid Management Industrial Association, SAMSA PE, NMU, Subtech Group, Transport Education Training Authority (TETA), Maritime Review Africa, CPUT Granger Bay & Survival Centre, STC-SA, SAMSA Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, RCYC Sailing Academy, Sea Safety Training Group, Dormac Marine & Engineering, AMSOL, MCS/MBC/RK8 Offshore, Lawhill Maritime Center (LMC), SAMTRA , S.A.T.S. General Botha Old Boys' Association Bursary Fund, the unforgettable Captain and crew of the Madiba 1 vessel. The cadets also had a wonderful time seeing African wildlife, enjoying the beach and a visit to a wine farm De Grendel, sponsored by Yvette De Klerk. The experience was a total success especially seeing community activities such as spending time with our hosts and the officials supporting the experience giving up their Saturday afternoon to spend time with the Sea Cadets and the MMA cadets over a true South African “braai” (barbecue).

During their stay students also experience a complete cultural immersion. An important element of this exercise is an assessment of cultural intelligence quotient (CQ). All students participating in experiential learning are required to undergo a CQ personal development program

A week prior to departure, students take  the pre-departure online CQ assessment. The next step involved the creation of a CQ developmental plan by each student focusing on specific ways to use CQ strengths and concrete action steps for enhancing weaker CQ capabilities.  A week after returning from Singapore, they are required to take a second CQ assessment. Each student received a personal feedback report as well as a group report was provided comparing the pre and post trip assessment scores in comparison with worldwide norms. The comparisons showed significant improvement in CQ assessment scores, thereby quantifying the impact of the experiential learning trips on student CQ.