Singapore Experiential Learning 2019

Based on the generally accepted premise that learning occurs through application, Experiential Learning is a critical component of education in Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA). The International Maritime Business (IMB) major has incorporated this into the curriculum, ensuring proper integration between the global experience and the educational value that can be derived from it. All sophomore students are engaged in a three to five week faculty led program which is divided into three segments. This Singapore trip included a pre-departure awareness and understanding segment, a three week travel program, and a post-travel assessment and reflection activity involving a presentation and final report submission. In the learn-do-learn tradition of MMA, the centerpiece of this course is the three week field study absorbs the practical and cultural implications of international maritime business.The main corporate partners in Singapore were ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) and APL (American President Lines). Students were given preparatory assignments to familiarize themselves with the port infrastructure and the tremendous efficiency of Singapore. They were exposed to various maritime businesses in Singapore. They received the business overviews from various companies allowing them to grasp the functions of world leaders in maritime business in a global hub. Several field and institutional trips were arranged that included Keppel, SembCorp Marine, Port of Singapore Authority, Singapore Maritime Foundation, PSA marine, Scorpio Asia, Integra Singapore to name a few. The cadets followed a well defined schedule on location. They were expected to visit various maritime business interests, participate in industry talks and seminars as worthy ambassadors of MMA and the IMB program.

Participants of the Singapore Experiential Learning Trip:

Faulty lead: Dr. Bani Ghosh
Rate: 1C Ian Costello

Ryan Manning
Luke Drakakis
Deven Deon
Zachary Kolowsky
Brendan Kochan
Grace Tower
Alexandre Lucas
James Hickey
Matthew Calvani
Sophia Blakely
Thomas Meninno
Quincy Smith

This experiential learning trip to Singapore was a tremendous success. There were no illnesses  and the whole program was conducted in a seamless manner. All our hosts were impressed by the professionalism of the students and how engaged they were at the meetings. The team maintained a very interesting web presence on the Share the Experience MMA webpage throughout the trip.

Dr Bani Ghosh with students in Singapore

IMG Group photo in Singapore

Dr Ghosh posing with students in Singapore

Four students in Singapore posing in front of a ship

Cadet in Singapore eating food

Students posing for picture while in Singapore

Student posing for picture giving the peace sign while in Singapore

Student operating a ship simulator in Singapore

Students posing with Dr Bani Ghosh in Singapore

Cadet in Singapore eating food and making a face

two people holding a Mass Maritime Academy catalog between them

Male and Female students posing for a picture in singapore

student posing in front of black horse statue