On the 29th of August, started the first edition of the “International Trade and Intermodal Transport” course dedicated to Mexican students from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (Tec de Monterrey).
This course, organised by the Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping (2E3S.eu), is distinguished by its special format: four weeks of training including lectures, visits to facilities of the Port of Barcelona environment and an on-board course to Civitavecchia (Rome). With this course, the Escola will offer a very complete training progamme which will give the students the opportunity to gain challenging and real-life experiences.
Mr. Pedro Arellano, Deputy Director-General of Organisation and Internal Resources, received, on behalf of the Port Authority of Barcelona, the Consul of Mexico and the students, whom he encouraged to discover the practices of the port community of Barcelona. He congratulated the educational initiative of the Escola with the Tec de Monterrey and highlighted the importance of business relations in the sector between the two countries. He also reminded that these links have been reinforced as a result of initiatives such as the commercial mission in Mexico conducted by the Port of Barcelona in 2014.
Subsequently, the Director of the Escola, Mr. Eduard Rodés, made a presentation of the course to the students and thanked the support of the port community of Barcelona and of the Mexican consulate.
Finally the Consul of Mexico in Barcelona and ex-governor of the Veracruz state, Mr. Fidel Herrera, reviewed the good relationship between both countries and welcomed the students to the city of Barcelona. In his speech, he emphasized the high importance of Mexican students training, explaining that the country will need well-trained people in this intensively growing sector. He also added that “the new dynamic of ports’ growth as a strategic line has become a key element for the consolidation and economic development of our country, and for that, we need to invest in human capital”.
After the ceremony, a cocktail was held to encourage first contacts among the students and with the members of the Escola, with whom they will spend a month of intense activities.