Celebrity Cruises has announced a deal with Ghana’s Regional Maritime University (RMU) to recruit female bridge officers through a new Celebrity Cadet Programme.
RMU Cadet, Nicholine Tifuh Azirh, will be the first, joining the bridge team on the ‘Celebrity Equinox’ later this month.
The partnership with RMU materialised when Celebrity’s President and CEO, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, met with students from the Mandela Washington Fellowship at Florida International University (FIU).
At the meeting, she met Azirh who holds two degrees. However, following graduation, she struggled to find opportunities in the maritime industry as an African female despite her academic performance, subsequent teaching at RMU and cadet experience.
“After hearing Nicholine’s story, I met with our SVP of Global Marine Operations, Patrik Dahlgren, to see what we needed to do in order to give her and others, the opportunities they’ve earned. A year later, I’m so excited to share the news of our partnership with RMU and to welcome Nicholine onboard,” said Lutoff-Perlo. “Nicholine isn’t just a new-hire, she symbolises hope for women around the world who dream of working in a very male-dominated industry; she’s the face of our industry-leading partnership; and she is an incredible example of Celebrity’s commitment to opening up the world.”
“Nicholine’s success is our entire world’s success. Her story shows the power of win-win partnerships and the positive impact they have on our communities – and beyond,” said FIU President Mark Rosenberg. “FIU is proud to be the only university in Florida to host the Department of State’s Mandela Washington Fellows programme – and use our resources, talent and partnerships to help prepare the next generation of our world’s leaders. We are so proud to have been a part of Nicholine’s journey to a successful career!”
“The goal of our partnership with RMU is to inspire and disrupt the social norms that burden female officers in western African nations, such as Ghana,” said Patrik Dahlgren, Global Marine Operations senior vice president, Celebrity Cruises. “Nicholine is our pioneer cadet and a pioneer for women in her country; moving forward, we will continue to evaluate candidates and continue to push the envelope in developing a growth sector for marine officers in a part of the world that traditionally underserves female officers.”