The State University of New York this summer signed a memorandum of agreement with the International Maritime University of Panama, paving the way for further cooperation between the two institutions.

Those joint efforts will include student and faculty exchange programs, collaborative research ventures and cooperative educational programs in a variety of areas including marine transportation and logistics, marine engineering, marine sciences and naval architecture.

“Maritime College graduates enter a global industry,” said Joseph Hoffman, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Maritime. “It is vitally important that our students are exposed to an international perspective and international opportunities.”

The agreement is the fourth of its kind signed in the past 18 months. The other agreements are with National Taiwan Ocean University, Svendborg International Maritime Academy in Denmark, and Finland’s EEX Maritime Oy, a startup platform focused on building collaboration between maritime companies.



Contributing Editor Kirk Moore was a reporter for the Asbury Park Press for over 30 years before joining WorkBoat in 2015. He wrote several award-winning stories on marine, environmental, coastal and military issues that helped drive federal and state government policy changes. He has also been an editor for WorkBoat’s sister publication, National Fisherman, for over 25 years. Moore was awarded the Online News Association 2011 Knight Award for Public Service for the “Barnegat Bay Under Stress,” 2010 series that led to the New Jersey state government’s restoration plan. He lives in West Creek, N.J.