DNV-GL Singapore formally announced UMTC’s recognition as a Centre of Excellence during a recent client meeting and forum, held on June 21 at the training centre in Manila.
This makes UMTC the 1st maritime training centre in the Philippines and Southeast Asia to obtain this status and only the 2nd currently holding it worldwide.
“No doubt this achievement further strengthens our reputation and market position as one of the leading maritime training centres in the Philippines, and globally,” states Training Director, UMTC, Donald Bautista. “At UMTC, we are constantly evaluating and improving our activities and processes, supported by exceptional and dedicated people, advanced facilities and innovation. This important recognition cements this good work from the entire team, but it must also be attributed to the input and support of all our clients over the years,” adds Bautista.
‘Centre of Excellence’ is an accreditation process/exercise to assess and highlight training centres that are the “cream of the crop” and where prospective learners/clients can learn from the best.
“We at DNV-GL saw UMTC improve by leaps and bounds from the start of their journey towards Centre of Excellence in 2011 till now. Through excellent and effective leadership, intelligent personnel sourcing and retention, UMTC built a strong team to carry the day and hopefully continue maintaining this outstanding performance in the years to come,” explains Principal Consultant, Regional Head of Practice - Safety, Risk & Reliability, DNV GL - Maritime Advisory, Region South East Asia, Pacific & India, Zainal Abdeen.
The emphasis during the DNV-GL audit primarily lies on core processes and objectives to ensure high quality education and training. It looks at an organisation by zooming in on all critical steps and benchmarks them against well-developed and established standards. Key areas in scrutiny are centre management such as staff and facilities, course design and planning, course delivery, and learner assessment and course evaluation.
“This is a fantastic achievement by UMTC and indicative of the first-rate services they have provided our company in the education and training of seafarers in the Philippines,” says Chairman, Marlow Navigation, Hermann Eden. “We thank them for their ongoing commitment and support and look forward to continued collaboration.”
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