Namport legal eagle soars high

The sterling performance of a Namibian lady on the international academic stage has made the country immensely proud

19 November 2019 | Education

Carol Schroeder; World Maritime University graduate; “I intend to use my skills and knowledge in service to Namport, my beloved country Namibia and civic society.”

Carol Jaimy Schroeder was amongst 250 maritime leaders from 79 countries that graduated at the World Maritime University (WMU) during the first week of November 2019 in Malmö, Sweden.

Schroeder obtained her Master’s of Science in Maritime Affairs and also pocketed the Chancellor's Medal for Academic Excellence at the annual student awards of the postgraduate maritime university founded in 1983 by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

The Chancellor’s Medal was first awarded by the World Maritime University (WMU) in 2000.

Achievement

Carol, who served as the president of the WMU Women’s Association and chairperson of the Court of Honour of the WMU Student Council, became the twentieth recipient, the fifth African and second woman in the SADC region to have been awarded the Chancellor’s Medal. More significantly, and proudly so, she is the first Namibian to receive this prestigious award handed to the graduate with the best Grade Point Average (GPA).

This equals the average value of the accumulated final grades earned in all courses. Her GPA is in the 85% to 90% bracket.

Roughly a third of the graduates were women. The Class of 2019 consisted of 131 MSc graduates from the Malmö headquarters, 42 graduates from the China programme (totalling 173 MSc graduates in 2019), three PhD graduates and 74 graduates from the distance learning programmes including 19 LLM graduates.

The 2019 graduation ceremony brought the total number of WMU graduates to 5,167 from 170 countries. Carol attributed her accomplishment to a combination of discipline, dedication, balance, fun, positivity as well as believing in herself and her capabilities.

“Words cannot describe how absolutely amazing it feels to have graduated from the prestigious and renowned WMU. To me the medal is a symbol of perseverance, hard work and success. I intend to use my skills and knowledge in service to Namport, my beloved country Namibia and civic society.”

She dedicated the award to the 250 graduates of the Class of 2019.

“I am grateful to Namport, my donor Stena AB, the faculty and staff of WMU, my family, host family, friends, loved ones and colleagues. Without their support this incredible journey and accomplishment would not have been possible. I was also elated to have represented Namibia exceptionally well alongside the other two Namibians, namely Morné Sinden and Tangeni Haimbala.”

Qualifications

Carol now holds a Baccalaureus Jurisprudence (B.Juris), Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and an MSc in Maritime Affairs specialising in Maritime Law and Policy.

She adds that she will wear her graduation ring with immense pride.

She was born in the capital city and matriculated at Delta Secondary School Windhoek (DSSW) in 2001.

She joined Namport on 1 November 2011 as Legal Advisor and Company Secretary. These roles were split in March 2013 and from then until present, she occupies the position of Legal Advisor.

“I enjoy the exposure, the growth, the worldwide interactions and networks. I am also cognisant of the fact that Namport operates internationally and is considered to be a key driver in stimulating and growing Namibia’s economy.”

She is of the conviction that she is now better placed to add more value to the Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA) as the Legal Committee Chairperson, the Women in the Maritime Sector in Eastern and Southern Africa (WOMESA) in Namibia, the Namibian Women Lawyers Association (NWLA) and all other endeavours she intends to pursue.

“Regardless of what the future holds, I will continue to be an ambassador for Namport and Namibia whatever form that may take. I also remain ever ready to assist the Namibian government to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as part of realising our Vision 2030 aspirations and Africa’s development strategies such as AIMS 2050 and Agenda 2063.”

Carol said it is estimated that only 2% of women are working in the maritime industry globally.

“I therefore encourage as many women as possible to consider a career path in the maritime industry. The industry is global, highly complex, but more importantly exciting, empowering, fulfilling and life changing.”

Motivation

Her mother Ottilie (Tilly) Schroeder has always been her role model and pillar of strength.

“She is phenomenal, formidable, a powerhouse and so much more. My personal motto is “whether you think you can or you cannot either way you are right. Choose wisely and know that you can do anything you set your mind to, because if you set limitations for yourself you get to keep them.”

Studies

Her undergraduate studies was law and postgraduate studies was maritime affairs specialising in maritime law and policy.

She studied for a period of six years and four months in total. In addition thereto, she completed practical legal training at the Justice Training Centre (JTC) in order to be admitted as a Legal Practitioner of the High Court of Namibia.

Her dissertation / thesis is titled “Sustainably Leveraging the Blue Economy through Public Private Partnerships: A Case Study of Namibia’s Port Development”.

It explores whether Namibia’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) framework is sound and effective based on a comparative legal analyses of the PPP framework of South Africa, Australia and a case study of the Port of Melbourne.

According to Schroeder, every mega Namibian port development project has the potential of being procured under Namibia’s PPP legislative and regulatory framework and the extant literature on PPP suggests that most PPPs fail in the absence of the application of critical PPP success factors and sound governance principles.

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