Neil Bose appointed AMC Principal

Following an extensive national and international search, Professor Neil Bose has been appointed Principal of the Australian Maritime College (AMC) at the University of Tasmania (UTAS).

Professor Bose has a distinguished academic career in the field of marine propulsion, including a previous appointment as Canada Research Chair in Offshore and Underwater Vehicles Design, Memorial University of Newfoundland (where he won the President’s Award for Outstanding Research in 1992).

He joined AMC in May 2007 as Professor of Maritime Hydrodynamics and has been Acting Principal since January 2012.

Professor Bose said he was extremely enthusiastic about leading AMC through an exciting time of revitalisation, change and development.

“AMC, with strong support from UTAS at all levels, has an agenda to build on its national mandate and international presence, nurture the professional development of its staff and strengthen its academic profile,” he said.

“AMC aspires to national and international excellence in maritime training, education and research, strong industry connections and leading edge, innovative solutions.”

Professor Bose said AMC’s focus for the next 12 months will be continuing to forge links with industry, educational institutes and other stakeholders; as well as strengthening the college’s training and undergraduate programs.

“We need to have a very strong focus on our VET (vocational education and training) programs in the future. We also have a very strong focus on building our capacity for research and taking it away from a few pockets of strong research to being much more of a coherent program across the institute,” Professor Bose said.

“So we plan to be going out in the next year looking for some fairly senior appointments in AMC and these will include research leaders and National Centre leaders.”

The Chairman of the AMC Board, Dr Michael Vertigan AC, said it was a time of significant opportunity for AMC now that its integration with UTAS was complete with the official acceptance by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Mr Anthony Albanese, of the final post-integration report.

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