Hochschule Bremen - University of Applied Sciences

Hochschule Bremen

Relevance to Practice

Justification for the establishment of the programme:

Estimation of the number of prospective students, demand in the labor market, vocational qualifications (employability), career field-related demand, intra-scientific reasoning, cooperation in relation to this programme.

Germany is an export-oriented nation with a large focus on the maritime transport sector; a field for which our programme has much expertise. The primary and secondary maritime industries are characterized by long-term economic growth, despite the temporary economic downturns. As a result, the maritime sector can expect a future growth as there is sustained demand on the labor market of the maritime industry (including insurance and transportation industries). This special requirement on the land-side maritime labor market is estimated at 100 to 200 graduates a year, and could be higher when estimated on cyclical basis.

Before the establishment of the ISSC programme in 2006, a European survey showed that no such course of this kind previously existed. This situation has still not fundamentally changed. With the establishment of the University of Bremen, ISSC was created in the year 2006 providing an unique aspect offering European leadership on the global education market.

In the future ISSC-graduates may fill the existing staffing gaps (lack of boaters and other skilled workers attributable to land positions) in the industry as this staff cannot be fully covered by multiple third-party personnel. The coming years will be characterized by an ongoing generational change as increased demand for qualified graduates with basic academic training is causing barriers to entry for new graduates. Therefore an accredited education is of growing importance to new industry personnel trying to obtain a qualifying position in the maritime industry.

The professional skills of the ISSC programme courses cover a broad spectrum of learning areas including trade, transport and shipping related insurance. The course includes areas of activity such as chartering, ship handling/ port agency, operations, contracting in transport, maritime and insurance, ship finance/ controlling, accounting, quality management, human resource management, maritime safety, (Be) charge planning/ safety, load control, and ship operations. Further areas include shipbuilding in the following industries: shipping, marine insurance, broker land, marine and port agencies, port forwarding, marine consultants, importers and exporters, commodity traders, warehouse companies, logistics companies and shipyards.

The curriculum of the ISSC programme courses includes interdisciplinary and highly specialized technical knowledge in the areas of Business Administration, Maritime and Transport Law, English terminology, basic technical skills and “soft skills”. The course also interfaces with the curriculum of nautical studies.

The general objective of the ISSC programme is to provide students with a practical, vocational and scientific education which meets the international standard. As of 2006, the programme has met these standards from business and industry perspective by providing the practical training desired by companies searching for new employees. Professors in the programme provide lectures to the students based on many years of job experience and expertise from working in the industry. They now transfer this knowledge to the students to allow a more in-depth level of learning.

The ISSC program offers students a chance to develop the all-round qualities and mediated interdisciplinary skills, qualities many companies are looking for from new hires in the industry. The courses allow students to interact in team building methods and make decisions which will enable them to function well as a leading team player and be held accountable for managerial responsibilities upon graduation. As many companies today are looking to hire new graduates with the expected level of management and language skills, the ISSC program focuses on the teaching of “soft” skills, social skills and tolerance through English language models and offering overseas internship to prepare graduates for company positions.

The goal of the program is to create a networked knowledge structure where students can build on the individual units of information learned throughout the program and have a well-defined toolkit of skills to provide them with professional competence to bring to the maritime industry. This goal is achieved by offering a short duration of study courses, an integrated internship and high degree of interdisciplinary focus on application-oriented training and preparation to prepare graduates for industry roles upon graduation.

Dear First semester students,
Please join our Orientation & Welcome Week (end of october / beginning of november), please contact for details and registration,
Thank you and see you soon,
Your ISSC Service Center :-)


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