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First graduates of BSc in Diving Safety Management celebrate milestone

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After six years of inception and three years since its official launch, the pioneering Bachelor of Science in Diving Safety Management proudly presented its inaugural graduates.

This academic programme, the first of its kind globally, is tailored to diving professionals, aiming to elevate standards in the diving industry. The curriculum focuses on diving safety, medical research, and the sustainable management of both economic and environmental aspects of diving operations.

On 4 December, approximately 300 students from the Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) gathered at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta, Malta, to celebrate their academic achievements. The diverse group of graduates, ranging from Foundation to Master’s Degree level, included the cohort of the Bachelor of Science in Diving Safety Management.

The ceremony, a culmination of dedication and hard work, was attended by the Minister for Tourism, academic and administrative staff, graduates, and their proud guests. Distinguished guests, including Alessandro Marroni (DAN Europe CEO), Pierre Fenech (ITS CEO), and Clayton Bartolo (Minister for Tourism, Malta), delivered inspiring speeches, emphasizing the graduates' pivotal roles in shaping the future of the diving industry.

This year’s graduation speech was delivered by Mr Tickle, a graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Diving Safety Management with over 30 years of industry experience. Reflecting on his journey, Mr Tickle shared the challenges faced during his studies, emphasizing the value of perseverance and adaptation. He encouraged students to approach the uncertainties of their futures with resilience and openness to change.

“Thanks to all those involved – organisers, partners, faculty, stakeholders,” declared Prof Alessandro Marroni. “I started this journey six years ago with many hopes but also many uncertainties. It is particularly gratifying to witness how the science of diving safety has now gained academic dignity.

“Congratulations to the students, Audrey, Paul, Ray, and Tiit. Their dedication, passion, and commitment will undoubtedly make a significant impact on the future of diving safety.”

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Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editorial Director Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. nearly 40-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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