Hellenic Arab Maritime Academy

City Unity College & Hellenic Arab Maritime Academy

City Unity College with the support of the Arab-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Development and the co-operation of the Arab Academy for Science Technology and Maritime Transport (A.A.S.T.M.T) of the Arab League, announced in May 2017 the foundation and creation of the Hellenic Arab Maritime Academy. The Academy is integrated as an autonomous educational unit into the existing structure of City Unity College while the educational programs being offered include studies of all three levels of higher maritime education: Undergraduate (BSc), Postgraduate Degrees (MSc) and Doctoral (PhD). All programs are conducted in English Language and are intended for candidates from all over the world.

Academic studies and maritime training  

The Hellenic-Arab Maritime Academy through City Unity College offers the four-year BSc in Marine Transport Technology, BSc in Marine Engineering Technology and BSc in Marine Electrical Technology where students acquiring at the same time Certificate of Competency (COC) as 2ndMate, 3rd Engineer and Electro-Technical Officer (ETO) respectively.

Graduates may upgrade their COC until they reach the highest level of the merchant ship hierarchy and be Masters and Chief Engineers after having 18 and 36 months of sea going experience.

The Academy offers at its premises the STCW Courses for Deck Officers, Marine Engineers and ETO.

The theoretical education is enhanced by practical exercises that take place in up-to-date simulators, in engine workshops/labs as well as during the scheduled training voyages that can be carried out either on board any merchant foreign going ship or on board the training ship AIDA IV.


The use of full mission, real time, computer-based simulators related to Ship Handling and Engine Room provide students with advanced training in navigation, seamanship, maneuvering and the operation of vessels under normal and potentially hazardous conditions. The high level of physical and behavioral realism of Engine Room Simulator creates a professional environment for the Engineers in the fields of familiarization and education, standard operation and watch keeping, advanced operation and troubleshooting, basic physical and technical knowledge.

Additionally, there is a series of simulators used to support the training of the students and/or officers who wish to upgrade their certificates, or attend STCW Courses i.e Integrated Bridge System, Mini Bridge, Tug Boat, Small Fast Ship, Vessel Traffic Services, ECDIS Labs, Offshore Vessel, Offshore Crane, Liquid Cargo Handling, Natural Gas and Petrochemicals, GMDSS, Crisis Management, Gantry Crane, Truck and the Helicopter Underwater Escape Training Simulator.


The AIDA IV provides a comprehensive on board Guided Sea Training for cadets. The Ship is manned by Deck & Engine Officers Crew and by Professors of the Academy who are appointed to teach, familiarize, follow-up, guide cadets and prepare them to work at sea and be fit for the professional life on board.

Cadets gain theoretical and practical insight into many different areas of vessel operations, including maritime technology maritime engineering, electrical engineering, navigation, safety, cargo operations, leadership and management.

Students of the Hellenic – Arab Maritime Academy

The Hellenic – Arab Maritime Academy focuses on education and on building the character and personality of the students in order to take their roles as future leaders in their prospective career.  As the courses are developed in conjunction with the maritime industry, the Academy maintains sound relations with shipping companies, port authorities and maritime organizations by providing the needed logistic and research support aiming at improving the services provided to the students and widen Academy’s recognition world while. The Academy prepares students for careers through a content-centered curriculum and a hands-on, team building approach to learning utilizing marine simulators.

Accreditations & International Certificates Acknowledgement

  • Hellenic Ministry of Education, Lifelong learning and Religion (Official Gazette 2019/B/16-08-2013)
  • International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • The Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW)
  • ZEVA Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency
  • ISO 9001 Certificate for Educational Processes
  • Supreme Council of Egyptian Universities (SCU)
  • European Commission
  • National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education, NAQAA
  • International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA)
  • European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)