The School of Transportation (SOT) consists of the Maritime Academy and the Department of Automotive Engineering. The SOT provides training for the shipping industry and the land base transport industry. The industries the SOT provides training for are key economics and development industries in Solomon Islands, hence, the role the School plays is very important. It offers training for maritime studies, marine engineering studies and automotive engineering training. The main focus of the training provided in SOT is competency based training. Competency-based training gives the students the opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills for careers in maritime industries and the automotive engineering industry. The training is designed to make students confident in the skills and competency level so that they will perform to the standards expected in the industries when they are recruited.
The School is located at the Ranadi campus on the Prince Philip Highway about 3 kilometers from the Honiara City Centre towards the airport. It is situated on the seafront. The school is accessible by public transport and accommodation is provided for students who need them. Students who are accommodated at the School have to pay more.
Head of School
Dr Teorae Kabure
Dr Teorae who hails from the Republic of Kiribati is better known as the first I-Kiribati and Tab-South Shipmaster to hold a Doctorate with over 30 years of experience in the maritime and shipping industry.
Before his appointment at SINU, Dr Kabure spent more than 8 years teaching at a Maritime College in Madang, Papua New Guinea. He is well-versed in the maritime industry and brings with him a wealth of expertise from working on board ships as well as a shore-based career that included Maritime Training and Education. He will be assisting the Maritime Academy at SINU in reaching new heights with his excellent level of experience as a seafarer in international waters.
Career highlights include his sea time between 1993-1999, he attained his goals of being a seafarer, obtained a position as a junior officer before he got promoted and did his sea time on board foreign-going cargo ships in Germany. In 1999, he achieved his Class 1 Master in Certificate of Competency maritime studies at the New Zealand Maritime Academy in Auckland.
In 2006 Dr Kabure worked as a senior Maritime Lecturer at a Maritime College in PNG. After 8 years of service, he became Head of the Nautical Department at the PNG Maritime College. Kabure did not stop learning during that time, he reached the highest technical level of maritime and he decided to do the 1st part of his Post Graduate studies in 2008. He progressed on to obtain his MBA from the Australia Maritime College (University of Tasmania) majoring in Maritime Logistics. He was then awarded his Doctorate from the Atlantic International University in Honolulu Hawaii.