As part of its SRC Week Celebrations, the Regional Maritime University has marked its annual International Day to commemorate the unity in diverse cultures demonstrated at the University.
The Regional Maritime University was established to provide students within the West African sub region requisite higher learning experience for the maritime industry.
Hence, students from diverse backgrounds and cultures within West African countries like Senegal, Gambia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Ghana have interacted, lived and exchanged ideas at the Regional Maritime University since its establishment in 2007.
The RMU’s International Day event was characterized by students donning clothes that exhibited their various traditions, background and cultures as well as native performances.
The Pro-Vice Chancellor, Jethro Brooks, who chaired the program noted that, the school will continue to simultaneously train maritime administrators and nautical operators while upholding the rich cultural essence that has been the hallmark of the university.
“We are not only the university training seafarers, and allied experts for the maritime industry but we are also the university with rich diversity of culture. It is therefore my expectation that you would be entertained by our students who come from various African countries as they showcase their rich diverse cultures of their places of origin,” he said in his address at the ceremony.
The Director of Finance at the Ministry of Transport, Emmanuel Num in a speech read on behalf of the Deputy Minister of Transport, Daniel Titus-Glover encouraged the university community to continue to sustain the tolerance for cultures.
He also urged the students to take advantage of the opportunities the institution offers and apply them to contemporary issues confronting the African maritime domain.
“With the diversity that the school provides, students should learn to tolerate each other by embracing and appreciating the cultural diversities of your respective countries, we will live together in harmony as Africans. As stakeholders, students have the responsibility of not only studying, but more importantly, coming out with solutions to problems facing the maritime industry in the wake of global technological changes,” he said.