Shipping has been critical to the development of world trade for centuries. In the late twentieth century, falling transportation costs, worldwide economic growth, new economies and globalisation rendered Shipping a huge industry both at home and abroad. In Cyprus in particular, Shipping has been – and continues to be – a thriving sector. Shipping as an industry and a service, global trading patterns and Shipping organisation, regulation, and prospects are the fundamentals of CIM’s BA Shipping Management, an area in which CIM has been excelling for years (we also run a postgraduate programme in Shipping: MBA with Shipping).
Our BA Shipping management course offers a comprehensive and integrated overview of the core subjects essential to a thorough understanding of Shipping Management. More specifically, it aims to develop the business skills required by professionals working in the area of maritime business; to foster critical analytical skills, and to show students how to apply the skills they gain to the challenges that modern maritime professionals will meet. The interdisciplinary nature of the programme (cutting across Shipping, Management, Law, and Marketing) prepares students to be future professionals who can function effectively in the complex business environment of the global marketplace.
The structure of the curriculum progressively introduces students to various aspects of shipping management and the shipping industry. Year 1 courses provide foundations in various disciplines in the fields of trade and shipping and map out their significance in operations and decision-making. Year 2 courses pay added emphasis to the use of trade and shipping parameters in decision-making and in evaluating the effectiveness of policies and procedures. Year 3 and 4 courses urge students to reflect on integrated situations, with a view to assessing and predicting courses of action that they might take as shipping managers, in order to maximise efficiency and effectiveness. The Graduate Project/Internship course at Year 4 provides an opportunity to apply learning from all courses into a real-work-place environment.
The diversity of supporting activities within the highly dynamic trade and maritime industry and its various sectors, consisting of many hundreds of large, medium and small firms, means that future maritime professionals must be informed and adaptable – and these are the graduates the CIM BA Shipping Management aims to create. Graduates of our programme will have a variety of career options, including managerial positions in ship owning or third party management companies, maritime regulation departments in government, classification societies, liner and port agencies, freight forwarding and logistics, trading and distribution companies, shipping finance, insurance and underwriting, as well as a variety of other administrative posts in the shipping private and public sectors.
The programme aims to prepare students as critical, independent, thinkers, ethically sensitive and socially responsible, who will excel in th