Webinar • 3 November 2020 • Distance Learning in a Professional Context: The MLA College Experience

Join us on November 3rd, 2020 for an online discussion of distance learning in the context of professional life.

Putting students first, MLA College has a particular focus on distance and blended learning and strives to continue to develop its expertise in the use of technology to enhance student learning.

Covid-19 has made many consider what a new normal may look like. MLA College have been developing flexible distance learning for many years and look to assist employers and employees address their future professional development and skills needs.

After an initial introduction, the presentation will explore the differences between on-line and distance learning and promote the holistic approach of knowledge and understanding, occupational competence and professional competence when developing routes to professional registration.

It will address industry and individual requirements and present a suite of distance learning Masters and MBA programmes across a broad range of areas from Sustainable Maritime Operations to Engineering for Marine Professionals.

In the development of its programmes MLA College places the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals at the heart of its activity; which includes working with the United Nations and United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to launch a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Global Sustainable Development.

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Event Details

Date:  3 November 2020, Tuesday

Time:  12:30 Turkey • 09:30 UK

This webinar will take place in English, on the Zoom platform.

Participation:  Participation to this event is free of charge.

Please click the red button above or click here to register. Details you will need to access the webinar will be sent to you by email upon registration.


About MLA College

MLA College is a pioneering institution with a commitment to the highest-quality education and professional development. Its shareholders, BAU Global and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), join the College in its pledge to:

  • deliver outstanding flexible education and training;
  • promote the conservation and sustainable use of the environment for the advancement of the global community;
  • develop people who are committed to values that benefit humanity.


The Speakers


Chris Gaunt OBE

British Chamber of Commerce in Turkey

Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce Turkey since July 2013, Chris Gaunt OBE is a highly accomplished and respected businessman with invaluable international experience across a number of business sectors.

His career has spanned more than thirty years in the Beverage industry in both the UK and Internationally. Initially with the Whitbread Brewery Group, progressing to senior management positions with HP Bulmer and Allied Domecq, followed by a fifteen year international career with Coca- Cola.


Dr. Başak Akdemir

Chief Executive
MLA College & BAU Global
Dr. Başak Akdemir is the Chief Executive of MLA College and Chief Executive Officer of BAU Global. She has worked within the maritime industry and academia, served as the managing partner of a ship owning company and acted as a Board Member in the Turkish Chamber of Shipping.

Dr. Akdemir was awarded a PhD from De Montfort University with the thesis “Improving Supply Forecasting within the Shipping Industry”; developing a forecasting model that made use of neural networks, employing novel methods to identify sudden changes in the market.


Professor John Chudley

PhD, CMarEng, CEng, FIMarEST
MLA College

John began honing his skills as a Mechanical Engineering apprentice before progressing to higher education and completing a PhD in Marine Technology.

He has held various positions in academia, including Provost of Warsash Maritime Academy at Southampton Solent University, where he was also Professor of Engineering Education, and Head of the Institute of Marine Studies and Director of Research and Innovation at the University of Plymouth.

John has also been employed with the Civil Service, positions include being a Director of the Learning and Skills Council and the National Apprenticeship Service. Having experience and a strong belief in the benefits and opportunities vocational education brings to young people he was passionate in his role and was instrumental in the development of Higher/Degree Apprenticeships.

John has also acted as a Director and Board Member to a number of companies and organisations. At present he is a Council Member of the RNLI, Board Member of the Engineering Council and Chair of its Registration and Standards Committee.


Dr. Jaimie Cross

BSc (Hons), PhD, FHEA
Head of Academic Operations
MLA College

Jaimie is employed by MLA College as the Head of Academic Operations. His background is in Marine Science, having studied Physical Oceanography at undergraduate and postgraduate level. His teaching career began at Plymouth University during his PhD, where he continued to work as an Associate Lecturer and Researcher until joining MLA College to concentrate on delivering Higher Education full-time.


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