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Guest Blog by AMEA: The 2nd Asia Marine Educators Association Conference

Posted By Jeannette Connors, Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The 2nd Asia Marine Educators Association (AMEA) conference took place in Mariveles Bataan Philippines from Sep 5th to 10th, 2017. The theme of the conference from Sept 5th to 8th was summarized by 3Cs "Coordination, Collaboration, Cooperation (3Cs) Towards a Strong Marine Education" . The extended AMEA conference with the theme "Ocean Literacy for Marine Environmental Protection" was from Sept 9th to 10th. There were 23 international marine educators from 11 countries and over 200 local marine educators and maritime students who joined the various activities in the great event. It was after the first formal AMEA conference which took place in 2016 in Taiwan and functioned as the pre-conference for the 2017 AMEA conference. This conference took place over 4 days with an extended AMEA conference hosted by the University of Makati in cooperation with the University of Pasig, Maritime Academy of Asia and Pacific and the Philippine Association of Extension Program Implementers.

The conference coordinator Prof. Angelica Baylon, Ph.D. arranged various impressive activities including dinners hosted by various dignitaries to make the conference amazing. With the full support of MAAP President and AMEA adviser Dr. Prof. VAdm Eduardo Ma R Santos AFP (Ret), all the participants experienced real interactions with each other and had built fond memories during the six-day event. The conference includes 3 keynote speeches 6 countries marine education policy plenary sessions; a scientific workshop session; 20 paper presentations; poolside closing and awarding ceremonies; field trip to Bataan Tourism Center; Mt. Samat Museum; and seafood factory. After the conference and board meeting, Dr. Tsuyoshi Sasaki (Japan) will continue as the AMEA President until 2019. The secretary changes from Emily King (China) to Chia-Dai (Ray) Yen (Taiwan). The conference also made some milestones of AMEA history:

  1. The AMEA conference was endorsed to all HEIS in the Philippines by the Chair of the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (Chair Patricia B. Licuanan, PhD) represented by national marine scientist and CHEDHERRC Director Dr. Robert Pagulayan.
  2. Revision of a few AMEA bylaws and agreement upon the AMEA organizational structure. The new structure includes 3 board sub-committees for (1) conference (committee chair: Mo Chen from China), (2) research (committee chair: Yong Ma from China), and (3) education & training (committee chair: Chin Kuo Wu from Taiwan). The board membership increased by 2 new members of the council from Ocean University of China and Bangladesh Marine Academy to 8 countries totaling 15 board members.
  3. There were 23 international marine educators from 11 countries and over 200 local educators and students joined the conference.
  4. First scientific workshop by Dr. Douglas Levin of Washington College, USA.
  5. Registration fee that included 50 USD per delegate to contribute toward funding the conference attendance of 3 scholarships awardees.
  6. First discussion on the integration of maritime education and marine education.
  7. Live Video keynote speech from UNESCO specialist Dr. Francesca Santoro.
  8. Decision by the delegates to participate in the unified concurrent Clean Beach Carnival on October 14, 2017, 13:00-18:00 (GMT+8).

As regards extended AMEA activity – 4th PAEPI International Conference with Theme “Ocean Literacy for the Protection of the Environment“ hosted by the University of Makati in cooperation with the University of Pasig, the Philippine Extension Program Implementers and the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific. The four AMEA Plenary presenters have provided information about AMEA and Ocean Literacy that inspired various marine institutions in the Philippines. The extended AMEA activity with AMEA Chair Dr. Tsuyoshi Sasaki presentation about the role of AMEA encouraged more than 80 higher educational institutions in the Philippines to link and become AMEA members.


Tags:  international  Ocean Literacy 

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Karen Clarke says...
Posted Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Only the second AMEA conference, and your growth in number and activity is impressive. I am excited about your decision to integrate maritime education and marine education. While marine educators might introduce impacts of shipping on ocean health, the science of sailing, and ocean exploration technology and careers, linking these two fields encourages such cross-cutting topics. It also broadens the appeal of ocean science for students who are more inclined toward historical and cultural approaches to studying marine topics.
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