In order to ensure global blue growth is undertaken sustainably and safely there will be an increasing need for all new entrants into the marine sector be it engineers, scientists or technologists working in industries such shipping, offshore energy, fisheries or within research labs, academic institutions or in government offices - to have a broad multidisciplinary perspective and to be aware of ethics, socio-economics and environment sustainability to ensure the protection of the ocean for future generations and to support the implementation of SDG 14.
The IMarEST seeks to improve worldwide recruitment and retention in the marine sector whilst improving professional standards. It does so by encouraging students on all marine-related academic courses to get involved in professional development activities and to carry on with these through their professional lives. Support will also be provided to students to help them in their studies. This includes providing students with financial support through a competitive bursary and scholarship programme and also developmental support that will allow them to be better prepared for their future careers. The IMarEST commits to offering free membership for the next 5 years for all students globally (including cadets) over the age of 18 undertaking a recognised course at a recognised institution.
The IMarEST will provide a dedicated web portal to enable individual students to sign up for the free offer and will promote this globally via existing networks and new networks and in partnership with academic providers.
The IMarEST will undertake awareness-raising activities to ensure that students are aware of the importance of professionalism and how it relates to sustainable development. A dedicated newsletter and online forum will be provided and students will receive access to the IMarEST virtual library, a valuable repository for information including e-books and journals.
IMarEST student sections will also be supported allowing students to facilitate relevant activities themselves in partnership with a local IMarEST branch, their university or college and local industry.
The IMarEST will support a grants and awards scheme to create a number of IMarEST scholars and ambassadors. The awards and scholarships will be given to support a piece of work or project to provide financial aid to those who require it or to award outstanding achievement. Around $25000 will be made available each year.
The IMarEST Professional Affairs and Education Committee (PAEC) has responsibility for setting the Institutes academic and professional development standards and have oversight of the IMarEST activities related to the development of, and support for, students.
Student sections will be supported by the IMarEST branch network. IMarEST branches exist in areas of the world where sufficient numbers of members are resident. There are over 50 IMarEST branches worldwide who provide services to support the professional development needs and interests of the members. The branches have a committee who will provide help and advice to student members and student sections.
Activities will be supported by the IMarEST Executive.
To make IMarEST Student membership available free of charge to any student globally for all students over the age of 18 (including apprentices and cadets) undertaking a recognised course at a recognised institution (or with a recognised company or organisation and providing an application process that is fair and equitable and to deliver associated member benefits.
To provide Student members with information and guidance on professional development, in particular that which is relevant to the Sustainable Development Goal14 via various communication means such as a periodic newsletter and an online web forum.
Financing (in USD)
IMarEST branches will provide voluntary contributions to support student activities
Staff / Technical expertise
IMarEST Executive Staff will support all initiatives
The IMarEST will make an in-kind contribution to support the provision of membership for students