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Scholarships for female maritime managers bring international talent to EM Normandie’s IPER programme

From 26 June to 7 July 2017, French business school EM Normandie’s Port Institute for Education and Research (IPER) will train 21 women from the port management sector through a partnership with the Port of Le Havre and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). “Women in Port Management” is a response to the growing demand for English-speaking female executives in search of career advancement in the maritime and port sectors.
“More than 70 candidates from 43 countries applied for the 21 scholarships available, demonstrating a real need for training professionals in the maritime and port sectors,” said Céline Rolland, Director of IPER. “Even though we are still attracting international audiences, we have seen growing diversity in this new session: of the 21 registered professionals, 20 countries are represented, including Pakistan, Tonga, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Ethiopia and Bangladesh.”
The evolution of port authorities, economic relations between ports and private operators, city-harbor relations, environmental protection, security and safety issues, and the importance of the hinterland, are some of the themes addressed by the experts leading the sessions. Technical visits of the facilities, such as a container terminal at the Port of Le Havre and Rouen, are organized, to allow professionals to put their new achievements into perspective with the reality on the ground and apply them within their structures.
The programme is the English equivalent of the “Port Management for Women” training, launched in 2008 to serve the Millennium N° 3 objective of the UN: “Promoting women’s equality and empowerment”. Since its launch, 200 women have already been trained, thus enabling several of them to become directors, division heads or heads of departments in their companies.
About the Port Institute for Education and Research (IPER): IPER is a unique professional training organization in the French-speaking world. Established in 1977, it has become the reference for training managers in the maritime, port and logistics sectors. Its courses are taught in French and/ or English in Le Havre and/ or abroad and are organized around three main themes: port work, management, and operations. The institute also designs tailor-made seminars for the international port community. Another dimension of its activity is its applied research carried out on behalf of companies, communities and professional bodies. 9,000 people representing more than 150 countries have already benefited from IPER’s expertise.

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