Page No. 62-77: Climate Action and Maritime Business Education: The Pedagogy of Experiential Learning

Bani Ghosh


International Maritime Organization (IMO) is implementing stringent fuel standards to regulate sulphur content and setting targets to meet climate compatible goals. Mitigation actions compatible with global climate stabilisation have both challenges and opportunities for maritime business. These regulations are expected to impose high cost burden on various economic actors in the sector causing significant disruption. At Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA), an experiential learning (EL) initiative in the International Maritime Business (IMB) program, introduces and exposes students to major maritime hubs where they engage with industry practitioners to understand the latest environmental policies and their likely impacts. It also provides a collective learning ambience through improvement of cross-cultural awareness. This paper summarises the development of cultural quotients of participating students and their understanding of environmental regulations and sustainability practices as explained by various maritime stakeholders during a recent EL trip to Singapore. It uses experiential learning program and the survey results as a case study to assess bottom-up capacity building in maritime education.


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