Fostering Maritime Education Through Interdisciplinary Training

Jean-Baptiste Souppez, Jonathan Ridley

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The nature and complexity of the challenges faced in today’s world are forcing a greater number of specialised individuals to collaborate together, in order to produce a joint effort combining their expertise. Based on this observation that the professional world is interdisciplinary, the learning and teaching provided in Higher Education should adapt and consider interdisciplinary approaches to subjects in order to help develop key employability skills for working in interdisciplinary teams. Building on the perceived benefits of interdisciplinary education, an academic exchange between boatbuilding and yacht design students has been conducted to investigate an interdisciplinary pedagogical model aimed at the maritime industry. The finding reveals clear learning outcomes, revolving around the learning experience, the reflection generated, and the enhanced capabilities; respectively supporting their studies, contributing to bridging the skills gap and enhancing employability, thereby offering a contribution to meeting the contemporary demands from both students and the maritime industry.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2017
EventInternational Conference on Maritime Policy, Technology and Education - Southampton, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Jun 20178 Jun 2017


ConferenceInternational Conference on Maritime Policy, Technology and Education
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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