The Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport has been providing educational and training services in a wide range of disciplines, sciences, and technologies related to the Maritime sector since its foundation in 1972, as one of the Arab League affiliations.
Bachelor degree programs in both, Maritime Transport and Marine Engineering, together with courses leading to certificates of competency for deck officers, marine engineers, and radio officers, have been mastered by the Academy and constantly delivered serving a multinational body of students over the past thirty six years (1972 – 2008).
Through a strategic vision correlating the Academy's mission to the local, regional, and international ever-changing demands, the Academy broadened its scope to the provision of Bachelor Degree Programs in Engineering and Management. Along the engineering dimension, programs are offered in Electronics and Communications; Computer; Mechanical; Marine; Industrial and Management; Electrical and Control; Construction and Building; and Architectural Engineering and Environmental Design.
On the management side, Bachelor Degree Programs are offered in Business Administration and in Tourism and Hotel Management. Programs leading to Master Degrees in various related disciplines are also offered.
In response to the requirements for diversification, implied by departments in the external environment, the Academy established the Sea Training Institute; Productivity and Quality Institute, Advanced Management Institute; and Port Training Institute. These entities have developed strong connections with various sectors of industry in terms of postgraduate studies; training; and consultancy services.
Programs offered by the Academy are accredited by the Supreme Council of Egyptian Universities (SCU) according to the decree number 135 dated on August 27, 1996 and renewed according to the decrees number 3 dated on February, 5, 2002 and number 118 dated on July, 10, 2007. On the other hand, the Academy is a fully accredited member of both the Association of Arab Universities and the International Association Universities.
The Academy has also established and currently hosts a number of professional and scientific societies among which are the Arab Institute of Navigation; the Egyptian Marine Engineering Institute; United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and is a host of other organizations; institutions; colleges; and universities, in order to:
- Provide an excellent opportunity to interact with senior specialists and faculty members on modern issues and concepts in the emerging new areas of research and development in varieties of managerial, maritime, scientific, engineering and technological fields.
- Provide a wide spread of advanced knowledge in different topics, fields and disciplines based on the Creative and Critical Thinking skills.
- Enhance the students’ thinking and research capabilities in the chosen major fields of study using the most recent advances in scientific and engineering methodologies and techniques.
- Provide the chance for each participant to prove his own developed capabilities by submitting a written thesis in a specific topic of interest.
- Assist the participants in career development.
The Academy provides various educational facilities like advanced audiovisual classroom facilities, laboratories, workshops, simulators… etc.
A substantial amount of financial resources had been properly invested in establishing and updating these facilities since the Academy’s inception in 1972. Donations from Arab countries and some countries like Japan and the USA as well as from international agencies such as IMO and UNDP totalling about US$8 million were invested in the late seventies and early eighties in order to produce the required equipment for education and training on Academy’s campus. This investment is continuously advanced through the annual budgetary revenues of the Academy.
Stressing the Academy’s concern about providing the latest techniques and simulators, the college of management and technology was acquired with advanced educational laboratories. In addition, the college of maritime transport and technology acquired the integrated simulators complex, which is used in training on different forms of ships manoeuvring and protecting of marine environment from pollution. Also the college of engineering and technology is equipped with more than 40 laboratories in different engineering domains.
In September 1999, the Academy has followed formal quality assurance procedures to maintain the educational quality level received by students and, as a result it has been awarded the ISO 9001:2000 certificate for its educational processes.