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The 19th International Maritime Lecturers Association (IMLA19) was opened on September 28th at Rijeka, Croatia. More than 50 representatives from maritime institutes of US, UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa attended the conference. During the conference, Prof. Jin Yongxing, Vice President of SMU, was elected as the Honorary Chair of IMLA to in charge of relevant jobs. Before this, Prof. Jin Yongxing used to be the Secretary-General of IMLA.
The International Maritime Lecturers Association annual conference is a no-border forum: a round table for discussions on sea-related issues. IMLA provides a global forum for teachers and all other parties interested in Maritime Education and Training who are welcome to freely present their achievements, share experiences, exchange ideas and make suggestions. Prof. Jin Yongxing as the Chair of IMLA would not only promote the communication and cooperation between Chinese shipping institutes and foreign counterparts, but also improve the quality reputation of those Chinese shipping institutes.