ADMA signs MoU with NAFL to increase logistics education and training standards in the UAE

Published: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

In line with the UAE’s 2030 vision to foster a knowledge-based economy, the Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy (ADMA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFL) to further the logistics education and training standards offered in the UAE.

Both organizations will work closely together to create and introduce new professional development programs in the field of freight and logistics, while also offering globally recognized degrees, such as the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) Diploma.

The agreement was signed by Captain Maktoum Al Houqani, Managing Director, Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy and Nadia Abdul Aziz, President of NAFL at ADMA, during an event-filled day that included a seminar showcasing the new courses on offer and a workshop highlighting the freight forwarding and logistics service market.

Captain Maktoum Al Houqani, Managing Director, Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy, said, “Reinforcing our long-standing role as an enabler for the Middle East’s maritime and trade industry, our newly minted agreement with NAFL has expanded our capacity to develop the future leaders of the world’s logistics market.

“Combining NAFL’s expertise on global best practices and our state-of-the-art training facilities will not only provide talented youth with the opportunity to develop a skill set that is future-ready but at the same time elevate the quality of freight and logistics services offered within the UAE.”

In addition to offering the International FIATA Diploma and courses in freight and logistics, the two parties will collaborate on formulating awareness programmes that will highlight the benefits of the market for prospective students in search for a rewarding career within an evolving and critical industry.

Under the terms of the agreement, ADMA will focus its efforts on marketing and delivering the new programmes, while NAFL is expected to develop and provide the specialised trainers to head up the courses and issue the related certifications and diplomas upon completion.

Nadia Abdul Aziz, President of NAFL and the VP of International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, said, “We are very excited to be joining forces with ADMA to accelerate the development of the future generation of logistics professionals. Combining our subject matter expertise along with the academy’s well-established education management processes will result in an enriched learning experience for the benefit of students, who will be better equipped to contribute and drive future progress for the global logistics standard.”