Basic Research for Designing a Specialized Curriculum for Women Students at the Maritime College - Focusing on Mokpo National Maritime University

해사대학 여학생 특화 교육과정 설계를 위한 기초연구 - 목포해양대학교를 중심으로

  • Kim, Seungyeon (Division of Navigation Science, Mokpo National Maritime University) ;
  • Park, Jun-Mo (Division of Navigation Science, Mokpo National Maritime University) ;
  • Jeong, Dae-Deuk (Division of Navigation Science, Mokpo National Maritime University)
  • 김승연 (목포해양대학교 항해학부) ;
  • 박준모 (목포해양대학교 항해학부) ;
  • 정대득 (목포해양대학교 항해학부)
  • Received : 2020.03.26
  • Accepted : 2020.06.26
  • Published : 2020.06.30


It has been about 30 years since women students entered the Maritime College at Mokpo National Maritime University (MMU) and Korea Maritime & Ocean University to train as maritime seafarers. The women have been choosing a maritime college regardless of the Boarding Service Reserve System. Therefore, it is necessary to continuously study the motivation for admission, preferences for boarding, and desired career paths to guide the distinction and vision of maritime colleges. Accordingly, this study conducted a questionnaire survey on 93 women students attending the Maritime College at MMU. Of the respondents, 35.5 % said that they enrolled to become maritime officials and 30.1 % to become maritime seafarers. In addition to the current training for maritime seafarers, additional courses are required to train maritime experts. The study found that 88.2 % of the respondents thought that women's embarkation was more difficult than usual. It is considered that a systematic education program is needed for the onboard life of women maritime seafarers in schools and shipping companies. It was found that 69.6 % of the respondents preferred to embark as seafarers after graduation. After graduating from university, 32.3 % of the respondents said that they preferred to become navigation officers or engineers. It was also found that 24.7 % preferred to become marine-related civil servants / professionals, and 18.3 % preferred to become marine police. From the total, 83.9 % hoped for careers in marine-related fields. It is, therefore, necessary to organize courses and further education according to the motives for admission and preferred occupations of women students.


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