Following his visit to AASTMT Friday 23/1/2015, H.E. Mr. Kojo Sekimizu, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) declared that he was extremely delighted to see the most recent developments at the Academy, such as the advanced full-mission engine room simulator. He added: "The high level of education and training at the Academy was reflected in the achievements of the students that were honored at the graduation ceremony. Their eyes really shone with their pride as graduates of the Academy and their excitement and expectations for their future was were clear to see ... I felt that the future of maritime activities in the Arab nations is secure, thanks to this excellent institution which maintains the highest standards of education and training"