September 1, 2010, China Classification Society (CCS) and Newcastle University held the ceremony of signing the MOU on continuing professional development (CPD) programmes in the University of Newcastle. Both sides reached a common understanding of co-operation Continuing Professional Development programmes, advanced technical workshops and Research and Development related to marine and offshore engineering technologies and decided to start with the Continuing Professional Development programmes. Vice Minister of Transport Xu Zuyuan attended the ceremony and delivered his speech. On behalf of the two sides, Mr. Li Kejun, CCS President and Mr. Chris Brick, Vice Chancellor of the Newcastle University signed the Memorandum. Lord Shipley, Leader of the Council of Newcastle City and Mr. Sherlock, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Mr. Ju Chengzhi, General Director of International Cooperation Department of MOT, and Mr. Li Guangling, Maritime Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in London also attended the signing ceremony.
Mr Xu Zuyuan said, development, challenge and cooperation are the main theme facing the current international maritime safety, environmental protection, clean energy and other fields. China and Europe are highly complementary. In the shipping sector of both the East and the West, cooperation is the best approach of development to promote technological innovation and social progress. It is undoubtedly an innovative step between China Classification Society and the Newcastle University to start the cooperation on technology, science, management and training.
Mr. Li Kejun expressed, CCS has been actively its internationalization strategy. In 2006 when CCS took the chairmanship of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), he used the concept of the Maritime Technology Bank (MTB) to describe the function of classification societies which rely on their “technology capital” accumulated to provide different varieties of “technical functions” for their customers including ship owners, shipyards, maritime regulatory bodies, flag administrations, insurers, etc. To achieve the target of providing better quality technical services, classification societies need continued knowledge refreshment and technical innovations in order to make the good use of the state-of-the-art technologies and maintain their unique role in ensuring international shipping safety and maritime regulatory development. Advanced educational bodies like Newcastle University are the sources of providing knowledge of refreshment for such state-of-the-art technologies, including advanced technologies in marine engineering, offshore engineering, subsea pipeline, subsea production and clean energy. This mode of good cooperation in modern CPD programmes between CCS and Newcastle University will definitely help to transmit and extend the knowledge throughout the entire maritime industry and finally change them into value added technical services (MTB Banking Services), so to benefit both of us and the industry at large
Newcastle once played an important leading position in the British Industrial Revolution, the application of steam engines and the establishment of the train track systems.
Newcastle University is a leading university in marine science and technology in Europe and has a high reputation in the maritime, transportation and many other fields in UK and even around the world.
CCS is a fastest growing and influential classification society in the world, sticks to her development strategy led by science and technology and provides services for shipping, shipbuilding, offshore engineering and related manufacturing industries.
The cooperation between the two sides will work out most successfully with great prospect and expectation and have a positive influence upon the maritime industry.
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