The University of Cebu (UC) introduces the use of Kongsberg online Cloud Simulators, Seaversity's Augmented Reality (AR), and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies for their maritime courses this school year. The online and offline systems immersive educational system was powered by Kongsberg and Seaversity, where Kongsberg, a proven and tested simulations provider, launched its online platform to bring simulations at home, which mimics the actual maritime simulators of the university.

Meanwhile, Seaversity shall work on augmenting and creating virtual environments that will be generated in line with the actual types of equipment that the university will be utilizing during the delivery of its education.

This shall ease up the familiarization of the students and capture objective evidence through a 360 platform system. This move echoes the Commission on Higher Education's (CHED) recognition of 'Education 4.0' where cloud simulations, 360 walkthroughs, AR and VR technologies are utilized for flexible learning. "From now on, flexible learning will be the norm.

There's no going back to the traditional full-packed face-to-face classrooms," says CHED commissioner Prospero De Vera. The online cloud simulation, 360 Virtual walkthroughs, Augmented Reality Software, Virtual Reality Simulations, and eLearning will be implemented this school year at the UC Maritime Education and Training Center (UC-METC) and the University of Cebu-Lapu Lapu (UCLM) in Mandaue.

The partnership between UC Kongsberg and Seaversity will provide an ease of operation for the school and students in terms of the utilization of laboratories, especially on the operations and familiarization. UC will likewise utilize Seaversity's eLearning content that will be uploaded on the cadets' own Learning Management System.

(From L)  Capt. Arnel Nellas Malaga, UC Maritime Superintendent;  Engr. Ephrem Dela Cerna, CEO of Seaversity and Alumnus of UC; Atty. Augusto W. Go, the President of the University of Cebu, and Ryan Tan Yu, Alumnus. contributed photo
(From L) Capt. Arnel Nellas Malaga, UC Maritime Superintendent; Engr. Ephrem Dela Cerna, CEO of Seaversity and Alumnus of UC; Atty. Augusto W. Go, the President of the University of Cebu, and Ryan Tan Yu, Alumnus. contributed photo

This ensures direct and validated lessons in their various professional subjects despite the absence of physical classroom lectures. Seaversity's simulation training was adopted by FastCat Ferries and the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (Pmma).

The company's startup was fueled by one of the premier privately-owned maritime schools, the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (Maap), and currently the technology partner of the PMMA. Bagging the support of these local maritime education and shipping giants soon brought Seaversity to the shores of the United Kingdom and Thailand.