The Italian Shipping Academy was born in 2005 with the goal of delivering a higher education and training offer in the maritime field.
The Academy is an Istituto Tecnico Superiore (Superior Technical Institute), established by a public-private partnership participated by both business associations of the maritime sector and the local authorities of the city of Genoa, under the regulatory framework set by the Italian Ministry of Education.
Addressees of the proposed training courses are seamen on board and ashore, the operators at management and operational level within the maritime cluster. The Academy also plans to prior training, continuous training and adaptation to maritime disciplines of non-nautical qualifications.
The Ecole Nationale Superieure Maritime was created in 1571, with the main mission to “train merchant marine officers “and “ensure France its position as an international maritime actor”. It originally was a school of hydrography, and still is the oldest school in France after the college of France.
In 2010, after many evolutions through the centuries, ENSM was renewed, gathering four existing academies, as an institute of higher education.
ENSM provides courses in compliance with requirements for international certification (STCW) (Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers.) and its courses are compliant with the process of Bologna of European higher education.
ENSM develops applied research and is a involved in various projects, as partner with industries and/or other academies and engineering schools (projects on maritime autonomous vessels, future bridge…).
The development of international partnerships with maritime academies is among the main targets of the ENSM. ENSM has several branches, among which Marseille, identified as the branch responsible for development of Mediterranean partnerships.
The Institut Méditerranéen de Formation aux Métiers Maritimes-IMFMM (Mediterranean Institute of Training in Maritime Professions) is a professional training institute specialized in the domains of maritime transport, ports and logistics, responding to the demand of skills and competences of businesses, public authorities, administration partners and trainees both at national and regional level.
Its vocational training activities cover initial maritime education under STCW 78 and its amendments; other than the initial trainings mandated by regulatory requirements in the maritime sectors, complementary and continuous training in compliance with national and international standards are delivered.
The IMFMM is a Society with a public participation in the social capital, with legal personality and financial autonomy. The Institute aims at becoming a key player in training to Mediterranean merchant marines, ports, transport and logistics. To ensure the implementation of its missions, the IMFMM has been endowed with organization, human resources, premises, educational equipment.