13 Feb 2023

IMarEST launches new Student Section in Alexandria

We are excited to launch our newest IMarEST Student Section in Alexandria, Egypt, to support networking and professional development opportunities for those studying a marine discipline in the region.

Building on the local presence of the existing IMarEST Egypt Branch, the new Student Section is based at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT). Formed towards the end of 2022, the Section has been busy with a number of events, including a careers fair at the Academy. The event attracted many of the shipping, oil, and gas companies that operate in Egypt, throughout the Middle East, and North Africa regions.

The founding student members are now looking forward to expanding the Section and attracting more students.

‘'We're very excited to bring an IMarEST Student Section to the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport. The student members are already organising events and building relationships with well-known companies in the marine industry, providing valuable opportunities for their career development.” Dr Ahmed Osman, Assistant Professor and Student Activities Coordinator at AASTMT

The new Alexandria Section is one of many bringing students together across the globe, along with Sections in the UK, Canada and Germany. Each Section undertakes its own activities and comes together to participate in local and international events, including various competitions and awards. The IMarEST has plans for further Student Sections, with institutions in South Asia stating an interest in developing similar communities later this year.

Speaking on the process of getting the Alexandria Section started, Dr Osman says: “The IMarEST has been a big help in getting this off the ground and providing us with the guidance to begin undertaking our own activities. We're looking forward to growing the Student Section and furthering interest in marine careers here in Alexandria.”

“We’re delighted to welcome our newest Student Section to the international IMarEST network. This vibrant student community is essential to our shared continued success, and we look forward to working with the Alexandria Student Section to provide professional opportunities to develop careers in the marine sector.” Gwynne Lewis, IMarEST Chief Executive