Shipowners eye Duke partnership

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Norwegian shipowners are among the most internationally oriented of the country’s business leaders, but many in shipping still lack high levels of formal education. Now the Norwegian Shipowners Association has chosen a university partner in the US to develop a top leadership program aimed at Norwegian maritime firms.

The board of the shipowners’ group Norges Rederiforbundet has approved the launch of a so-called Maritime Executive Program (Marex), reports newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN). Duke University, a private school in North Carolina, appears first in line to get the assignment to create the program and run it.

Tore Forsmo of Rederiforbundet told DN that he and his colleagues are in final negotiations with Duke. The University of California at Berkeley is next in line, while the shipowners group also has been in contact with, among other schools, the London Business School and Insead of France. “Top maritime leaders are responsible for large organizations all over the world,” Forsmo told DN. “It’s natural they should learn from the best internationally.”

The program would be self-financing, with maritime firms paying the fees to send their executives to it. The program would be conducted in four modules, in Europe, the US and Asia, over an 18-month period.

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