1. Maritime Education, Training and Certification
1.1 Educational system
General education in Ethiopia includes two main stages, primary (grades 1 to 8) and secondary (grades 9 to 12); children start primary education at the age of seven. Secondary education includes two cycles, general secondary (grades 9 to 10) and preparatory secondary (grades 11 to 12). Those successfully completing the first cycle (general secondary) are awarded an Ethiopian General School Leaving Certificate Examination, while those successfully completing the second cycle (preparatory secondary) are awarded an Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Certificate. Technical and vocational education lasting three years programmes are also available for those completing the first cycle of secondary education.
Holders of an Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Certificate may apply for admission to higher education. The degree programme structures consist of four-years bachelor degree in most academics, five-years Bsc degree in Engineering, two-years post graduate in master’s degree and three years Phd degree.
1.2 Maritime Education and Training (MET) Institutions and Programmes
Two MET institutions are accredited to conduct maritime education and training in Ethiopia:
■ The Ethiopian Maritime Academy – a higher education institution providing postgraduate bridging courses leading to certification as officer at operational level for the engine department. It also provides ancillary training courses under chapters V and VI of the STCW Convention;
■ The Babogaya Maritime and Logistics Training Academy , which is the Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise Training Centre – providing qualification courses for certification as rating and ancillary training under Chapter VI of the STCW Convention.