The Emirates Maritime Hub

SMA stands for Sharjah Maritime Academy, a University situated at the Emirate of Sharjah city of Khorfakkan, totally focusing on serving the Emirates & GCC Maritime industry by addressing through vocational, educational, research and knowledge exchange programmes the whole spectrum of maritime education and training.

Welcome to

Sharjah Maritime Academy.

The foundation of the SMA educational approach is Flexible Learning, entailing: multi-level, part-time, full-time, module by module basis, distance learning, collaborative, thus enabling and supporting continuous life-long learning across the whole spectrum of the maritime industry from upskilling, vocational and training programmes to undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and post-doctoral research.

SMA is situated at Khorfakkan, a historical fishing and trading port, part of the silk road with seagoing and seafaring traditions that go back thousands of years; a quite little down with the best climate in the Emirates for students and staff to enjoy outdoor activities

High percentage of female maritime students in the MENA region
Scholarships for Sharjah Students
Industry Sponsor Studentship
SMART2 Education – Flexible Learning

Our Academic Programmmes


Marine Engineering Technology

Our Marine Engineering programme has been benchmarked against the best in the world and is designed to meet the standards set by the SMA and the requirements of STCW 78. We focus on instilling in our students confidence, competence and communication skills to meet the demands of a fast-changing maritime industry and ocean environment. Graduates are well-prepared for a variety of maritime business careers, especially in Marine Engineering shipboard and shoreside. Join our programme for a promising career in the maritime industry.


Maritime Transport

The Maritime Transport Technology programme is designed to prepare our students for a versatile career in the maritime industry, ranging from Captains onboard ships to superintendents in shipping companies, owner site teams in shipyards, harbour masters, port operations managers, Government representatives in international fora. The programme is designed to meet current and emerging maritime industry requirements with world standard training facilities, modern teaching and learning technology, essential skills and the right professional attitude. The programme leads to Deck Marine Officers who meet the entry requirements for the Watchkeeper Certificate of Competency (2nd officer certificate), which give you the privilege to go all over the world and discover different nations


Maritime Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Maritime Logistics and Supply Chain Management is a promising area of study with high demand for its graduates in the UAE and the Middle East. The program aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the maritime logistics and supply chain management industry, preparing them to meet the needs of various industrial and service sectors in a highly competitive commercial environment.

Our Mission and Vision

Our Mission

To provide a flexible, multi-level, modular, and nurturing learning environment to facilitate and instil zest for knowledge and continuous professional development for our students, graduates and maritime professionals.

Our Vision

To establish a Maritime Centre of Excellence, to be recognised nationally and internationally as the Emirates Maritime Hub, to deliver world class teaching, research, and training to students, researchers, and professionals worldwide, for life-long learning.

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