Respected course steers candidate to shipping lane

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 October, 2008, 12:00am

PolyU's logistics and maritime studies programme has been in place for a number of years, winning acclaim throughout the industry. This was the key factor in Stephanie Ngai Yan-po's decision to enter the MSc in International Shipping and Transport Logistics programme.

Ms Ngai said: 'Because of PolyU's long-established and well-respected shipping and logistics programme, it seemed obvious that the staff and professors involved with the programme had excellent technical knowledge and experience, which was confirmed when I joined the programme.'

As a marketing and chartering officer at Transfield ER Resources, her duties include co-ordination between ship owners and charters, marketing, forecasting and cargo arrangements, among other administrative and logistical responsibilities.

She found the curriculum not only knowledge-rich, but also very practical in trade studies, especially through the real-world case studies. It was these case studies and site visits through the school that propelled her to focus more on shipping and logistics as a career path.

One of her favourite topics was shipping law as she was able to gain invaluable knowledge about the rules and regulations governing the industry. The subject lecturer even suggested a number of ways to implement this knowledge in daily work.

But, ultimately, it was the sharing with her fellow classmates that proved most memorable.

'My fellow classmates were all very willing to share their experiences and views on the assigned projects and industry in general, and in a casual, friendly sense too,' she said.

'Aside from helping me cement some new friendships, the sharing turned out to be an excellent learning tool as well,' Ms Ngai said.