Welcome words

Prof. Yongxing Jin
Honorary Chairman of IMLA

Dear Colleagues and Friends,
On behalf of the International Maritime Lecturers Association (IMLA), it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 28th IMLA Conference (IMLA28) which will be hosted by the National University “Odessa Maritime Academy” (NU“OMA”), a leading institution in the world maritime community. The conference is scheduled to be held on 20-22 September, 2022, in Odessa, Ukraine.
Since 1980, the IMLA conference has been the main event of IMLA and a central platform to share the latest achievements and experiences in Maritime Education and Training (MET), promoting contact and cooperation between Maritime Lecturers of all disciplines from different parts of the world.
With the theme of “MET MARITIME HERITAGE: Traditions and Perspectives”, the IMLA28 will provide unique fora to connect the heritage of maritime education with the contemporary opportunities and future trends in a critical time of changes and challenges. Thus I encourage colleagues from the maritime institutions and beyond, to share and exchange your best practices, novel experiences and brilliant academic and research outcomes at the conference.
Look forward to meeting you in Odessa, Ukraine in the fall of 2022.


Prof. Dr. Mykhaylo Miyusov
Rector of the National University “Odessa Maritime Academy”
Chair of IMLA28 Local Organizing Committee

Dear participants and guests of the 28th International Maritime Lecturers’ Association Conference (IMLA28)!
We would like to welcome you in our beautiful city of Odessa, in the maritime capital of Ukraine. Ukraine is one of the world leaders in the training of officers of the merchant marine, and it is a great honour for the National University “Odessa Maritime Academy” to host the IMLA28.
The Conference gives the opportunity to the representatives of maritime community to meet again physically the experts, lecturers and instructors of maritime educational institutions. It is a great opportunity for all the participants to discuss topical issues of MET in the face of new challenges.
We hope that the IMLA28 Conference of the International Maritime Lecturers’ Association in Odessa will become an important milestone in the development of Maritime Education and Training in the world.

Gwynne Lewis
Chief Executive, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST).

I am delighted to welcome you, on behalf of the IMarEST, to IMLA28.

We have worked with the National University «Odessa Maritime Academy» for many years and through multiple accreditations of their courses. It is impressive to see academic institutions demonstrating such commitment to their students in this way, by ensuring high standards and preparing them for the working world. This is an exciting time for the maritime industry and we expect to see shifts in the skills required in many different professions, forced by the need to adapt to changing climates and oceans as well as rapid developments in technology. Maritime education is more important than ever in underpinning the knowledge and skills needed to support these changes and IMLA28 will be a vital forum for new thought and discussion around how we can shape the future of the maritime sector through training and education.

Mr. Oleg Grygoriuk
Chairman MTWTU
Vice President IFSMA,
Goodwill Maritime Ambassador

Dear partners, colleagues and guests of the 28th International Maritime Lecturers’ Association Conference!
On behalf of the Marine Transport Workers’ Trade Union of Ukraine (MTWTU) I would like to welcome you at the upcoming Conference!
We are happy to host such an event in our city as we anticipate to new acquaintances and opportunities for partnership! We strongly believe that the IMLA28 will become the unique platform for self-promotion, elaboration of fresh ideas and live discussion of maritime trends.
For many years in a row, the MTWTU cooperates with the National University «Odessa Maritime Academy». Due to jointly implemented projects, we managed to reach a big progress in education and training of young maritime specialists. Me, personally, as a Goodwill Maritime Ambassador of the International Maritime Organization never miss a chance to join the event aimed at enhancing the education level of seafarers and promoting the maritime professions.
Look forward to see you at IMLA28! Welcome everyone!