Aqaba-Jordan: From the Aqaba Center for Maritime Education and Training at Al-Balqa Applied University, Hanan Azmi Abu Othman, in her thirties, was able to register her name as the first Jordanian woman to hold the highest marine certificate “Steman of the High Seas” in the Kingdom.
Al Jazeera Net interviewed Captain Hanan, dr. Hassan Rafee Shaheen, Dean of Aqaba University College, Director of the Aqaba Center for Maritime Education and Training, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Navy Coalition, Captain Yousef Al Sarhan, to shed light on this achievement.
Captain Hanan’s “Marine” Journey
Captain Hanan joined the Jordan Academy of Maritime Studies in 2011 to receive basic studies of marine navigation, graduating in 2013, and continuing training aboard the boats of the Arab Bridge Navigation Company, managed by the Arab Ship Management Company.
She says, “I completed my marine training as an apprentice student for a period of 12 months, and then completed my qualifying studies, including years of work on board the boats, with various routes such as: Aqaba – Nuweiba – Spain Morocco, until I could complete my studies and obtain a higher captain’s certificate.A Sailor from Al-Balqa Applied University, Aqaba Center for Maritime Training and Education, 2022.
I see myself in no other place or field
Rarely do we see girls go to study this direction, but Captain Hanan’s goal was clear from the beginning, saying: “I chose this study for my uniqueness, priority and distinction, that I would be the first Jordanian woman to study the “rank of captain. of the highest seafarer in Jordan, and I liked the specialization and work in this field, and I see myself in no other place or field.”
On the support of the family and the husband, Hanan, the mother of two children, says, “At the beginning of my studies and my work in the maritime field, my family was the main supporter for me, and then I got married during my work.” a sea captain, and the nice thing is that due to the nature of our work he was one of my supporters to complete my studies and work in this field. “.
Leader and self-education
Captain Hanan says, “Working in this field is one of the experiences that refines and strengthens the personality, and it has made me a leader and self-taught, and since it is known about the maritime field that it preserves men were, and my dealings with fellow human beings made my experience carry the kind of permanent challenge I will be able to pursue in my field as a naval officer.
She adds, “I faced many problems, challenges and bets that I would not be able to continue, but, thank God, I continued my work to the fullest, with the testimony of my superiors and colleagues, and I deserve this distinction and success. “
Theoretical and practical study
Through her studies at the Institute of Maritime Studies, Hanan obtained all the necessary marine information, was theoretically trained in all ways, and qualified for what she would do during the period of her application to the practical side.
Hanan says, “I thank everyone who has contributed theoretically and practically to my training, including professors, supervisors, captains and engineers, and made me stronger in completing my path in the maritime field.”
Specialization requires girls with strong personalities
Hanan says, “I’m one of the first supporters of women’s empowerment in any field, and to take note of this field and specialization need girls with strong personalities who can prove and highlight themselves as girls who travel the problems and pressures of work. and be facing away from parents and social life. “
“I hope that there will be greater support from the authorities involved in empowering women and giving them an opportunity to be prominent with men, just an equal and fair opportunity without prejudice,” she added. .
She says, “My plan started to study this specialization in 2011 from the beginning of my registration, and I worked on board most boats, gaining experience in the practical field of ship management, as I am familiar with every small and great in most boats, and I continue to work in this field. “
She continues, “I now teach at the Aqaba Center for Maritime Training and Education for students of astronomical navigation, and I try to pass on my experiences to my colleagues so that they will always be prominent people, and my ambitions will not stop., if God wills, and I will always go on. “
Shaheen: Captain Hanan’s achievement is a pride for Jordan
The President of Al-Balqa Applied University, prof. Dr. Ahmed Fakhry Al-Ajlouni, sponsored the graduation ceremony of Hanan, the first Jordanian “Steman of the High Seas”, in the presence of the family of the Aqaba Center for Maritime Education and Training.
Dr. Hassan Rafee Shaheen, Dean of Aqaba University College and Director of the Aqaba Center for Maritime Education and Training, says: “This achievement is a pride for Jordan, and for the Aqaba Governor, for the degree of a female captain, a female sailor, and we are proud of this achievement. “
He added, “The demand for female students to study at the Navy Center is good, and there are two female students studying in the same specialty, and we encourage all girls to study it, and it has jobs, even if it is it is not on board ships, it may be in the shipping companies that specialize in this field. “
Al-Sarhan: Hanan had passion and will
In turn, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Advisory Maritime Coalition, Captain Yousef Al-Sarhan, said: “In conjunction with the celebration of International Women’s Day in the Maritime Field, the Aqaba Center for Maritime Education and Training . proud of the graduation of Captain Hanan Abu Othman as the first Jordanian woman with the rank of Captain of the Open Sea, the highest maritime certificate, who possessed passion, will and love of excellence, defied his problems, stormed a field that was limited to young people, and excelled in her academic stages, and her character is characterized by discipline, determination and perseverance.
This shows that the Department of Marine Sciences was established at Al-Balqa Applied University in 2013 at Aqaba University College, and the first cohort graduated in 2017 with a qualitative and excellent specialization, and a number of Jordanian girls participated in the study of maritime transport technology connected. , and they are currently studying “and among the foremost among our students.”
Al-Sarhan continues that appropriate education and training is the key to the future and the cornerstone for the progress and prosperity of countries, and points to the interest of King Abdullah II and his visit to Aqaba College in February 2020, when he joined the Aqaba center opened it. for Maritime Education and Training, and has given directions to transform it into a leading maritime college at the regional level.