Welcome to the Australian Maritime College
It is with a sense of great pride and enthusiasm that I have accepted the post of Interim Principal of the Australian Maritime College to steer the team through the opportunities and challenges in the maritime world while we undertake the search for AMC's future leadership.
In October, our Principal Professor Neil Bose departed to Canada to embark on a new career journey as Vice-President (Research) at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. He had a profound impact on AMC during his time here, lifting the profile and sharpening the focus of our research mission and wider academic contributions.
He leaves the organisation positioned as a centre of national excellence and of world standing in maritime engineering, education and training. We thank him warmly for his outstanding contributions.
The past 12 months have been a period of significant growth for the AMC. Our plans to expand into key national and international markets have come to fruition with the establishment of a study centre in Sydney and delivery of our coastal seafaring programs in the United Arab Emirates.
We delivered our first short courses through the AMC Sydney study centre in November, and it was a highlight for me to attend the certificate presentation ceremony and chat to our inaugural student cohort about their study experience and future ambitions.
I'm looking forward to 2018, which will see the first two postgraduate programs delivered from our harbour-side location at the Australian National Maritime Museum as well as a selection of scheduled and on-demand short courses from our commercial arm, AMC Search.
In 2017, we continued to invest in our world-class maritime education and research facilities in Launceston, including state-of-the-art simulation equipment and a polar autonomous underwater vehicle capable of exploring deep beneath the Antarctic ice.
Our nation-leading undergraduate and postgraduate logistics programs have been revamped and expanded in response to the evolving needs of this important global industry. We have also once again attracted federal research funding in the growing renewable energy sector, this time to lead a project mapping the tidal energy resource around Australia.
I look forward to seeing these initiatives develop further in 2018, and to working closely with industry, government and regulatory bodies, to ensure our training, education and research continues to meet their needs.
Professor Natalia Nikolova
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