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Carnival partners with Mexican university on cadet program

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Domenico Rognoni, chief marine officer of Carnival Cruise Line, signs an agreement with the Maritime and Port University of Mexico on a cadet program
Carnival Cruise Line's first partnership with a maritime university in Mexico formalizes a cadet program on its fleet.

This will provide cadets from the Maritime and Port University of Mexico who are near the completion of their four-year program the opportunity to take part in a 180-day apprenticeship on a Carnival ship.

Longstanding relationship

'We are impressed with the caliber of the curriculum at the Maritime and Port University of Mexico and its culture fits perfectly with our core values at Carnival,' said Domenico Rognoni, chief marine officer of Carnival Cruise Line. 'Carnival has been sailing to Mexican ports for more than 50 years, so by providing cadets from the Maritime and Port University of Mexico with the opportunity to work on board our ships, we are providing career opportunities and furthering strengthening our longstanding relationship.'

Founded in 1972, the Maritime and Port University of Mexico has a rich tradition and is currently responsible for all the country’s navy and merchant marine officers. Today, the university has approximately 900 students across three campuses in Mazatlán, Tampico and Veracruz.

Education and tourism

The partnership agreement shows 'our shared understanding that education and tourism are two fundamental aspects for our respective advancement,' according to Capt. Alt. Manuel Gutierrez Gallardo, coordinator general of Mexico's Ports and Merchant Marine.

Carnival has similar programs in partnership with universities and other organizations around the world.