Building Bridges - University of Hull and UKZN’s Maritime Unit
The University of Hull in England with its long historical maritime association and its unique geographical location on one of the world’s busiest sea routes on the United Kingdom’s east coast, has an established and integrated maritime studies programme that draws on multiple disciplines connected to the maritime environment.
While, UKZN - through its proximity to the port of Durban, the largest and most active general cargo port on the continent of Africa - hosts the highly rated Unit of Maritime Law and Maritime Studies.
It was about exploring value-adding synergies that underpinned the successful breakfast seminar at which the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull, Professor Calie Pistorius, was hosted by UKZN.
After the welcome by the Dean and Head of School, Professor Managay Reddi, current Head of the Unit, Professor Trevor Jones, provided a succinct overview of the Unit, emphasising that Maritime Law and Maritime Studies had become key focus areas of teaching and research within the College of Law and Management Studies. These were in response to demands from the professional and commercial sectors as well as national government through its Operation Phakisa.
Staff and researchers at the Unit presented on some of the exciting research, including Seafaring Labour Markets and Piracy at Sea.
Future initiatives such as the Masters of Commerce in Customs and Excise Taxation and outreach programmes to secondary schools were also mentioned.
The School of Law falls within the College of Law and Management Studies and operates on both the Howard College and Pietermaritzburg campuses. It is one of the largest contact Law schools in South Africa.