To use an aquatic analogy, the shipping and logistics industry is like a river, not a pond. It’s fast moving and ever-changing, and that’s what makes it such a fascinating sector to work in. Today’s leaders need to grasp so many new skillsets such as digitalisation, sustainability, marketing and IT if they are to thrive, and that’s exactly what we set out to do in this course, which has been established since 2001.
Designed for mid- and senior-level management as well as financiers, lawyers, equipment manufacturers and executives in related sectors, the course has a unique dynamic that helps to make it the best in the world. Once it was enough to be a former practitioner – a seafarer, for example – and work your way up the career ladder with a narrow skillset, but no longer. Today you need a broader worldview and a much deeper knowledge of different aspects of the whole maritime sphere; we deliver a holistic learning experience that incorporates a better understanding of all its constituent parts.
After all, this is probably the only sector to be affected by such a wide set of influences, such as natural disasters or the environment, to the fluctuations of the oil industry, and more recently to the Covid-19 emergency that has posed huge challenges throughout the industry.
Shipping has been called “the invisible industry” because it helps deliver 90% of food, clothing and fuel to wholesalers, processors and retailers, without any evidence of its involvement in the eyes of the public. Our candidates play a critical part in facilitating its efficiency and indeed survival. They are responsible for a sector where a single ship and its cargo can have a physical value of up to $2bn – and the complexities run through the supply chain.