The maritime business encompasses sea
transport, port and logistics management and
related industries, services and businesses. Due
to a serious lack of professionals in the field,
the ministerial cabinet on June 23, 1998 issued a
policy for maritime human resources development.
With regard to higher education, the policy calls
for support and promotion of maritime curricula
and training programs at educational institutes.
It also provides for educational scholarships and
such as well as underscores the lack of talent
from the maritime field.
University signed a memorandum of understanding
(MOU) with the Merchant Marine Training Center of
the Marine Department, Ministry of Transport on
February 10, 1997. In essence, the agreement
ensures that Burapha University offers bachelor
degrees to those who successfully complete their
studies at two of the Merchant Marine Training
Center’s departments, namely nautical science and
marine engineering. Furthermore, the Marine
Department grants certificates to students who
finish their studies from Burapha University.
Those graduating from the undergraduate nautical
science program will be given a Class 3
certificate (second mate). And those from the
marine engineering department will receive a Class
3 marine engineer’s certificate.
University realized the importance of maritime and
logistics human resources development and to
achieve the academic excellence of maritime and
logistics field, hence the maritime college is
established on July 29, 2000. At present, the
university has welcomed the Merchant Marine
Training Center as a supporting unit, the
announcement being made in the Royal Gazette on
October 19, 1998.
To achieve the mission
of the faculty of logistics to cover every aspects
of maritime and logistics fields, the Burapha
University Council passed a motion in its meeting
on June 3, 2005 to change its name from the
Maritime College to the College of Transport and
Logistics. However, in January 2008, Burapha
University’s status was upgraded to that of an
autonomous university. Furthermore, its
administration was overhauled. Thus the College of
Transport and Logistics had been changed to the
“Faculty of Logistics” on 4 July, 2008.