Asian Institute of Maritime Studies

our story

The early 1990s witnessed the golden age of the Philippine maritime manpower industry, with over 250,000 Filipinos comprising the world’s merchant marine seafarer population. By then, the country had earned a reputation for being the primary source of seamen for the global shipping and transport market. Filipino seamen, many of which were riven to the sea for lack of better employment opportunities on shore, were prized for their English language proficiency and natural affinity to the sea.

The Philippines then had a massive pool of young workers; the opportunity to become a world superpower in maritime workforce was ripe. The newly-established Commission on Higher Education (CHED), however, was concerned that there weren’t enough maritime Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the National Capital Region (NCR) that could help the country in meeting requirements to become the “Manning Capital of the World.”

Then came the brilliant vision of a simple man with grand dreams – Captain Wilijado P. Abuid to provide world-class maritime education to the Filipino youth.

Capt. Abuid, his wife Jayne, daughter Arlene, corporate lawyer and educator Atty. Santiago Pastor, marine officer and academician Dr. Felicito Dalaguete, and a well-rounded group of like-minded people came together to build an educational institution that would change the face of local maritime education.

It was August 16, 1993. The Asian Institute of Maritime Studies or AIMS was born.

our reason for being



“We may not [be able] to change the direction of the wind,
but as one family, we can adjust our sails
to reach the port of our destination”
~ Capt. Wilijado P. Abuid †


The Home of Maritime Knowledge Exchange
(Provider of Choice | Investment of Choice | Employer of Choice)


Provide Accessible, Culture-driven and Exemplary (ACE)
learning environment in the provision of Relevant, Equitable and Lifelong (REAL)
Education, Training and Support Services (ETS)

quality policy

Quality METS is our commitment to produce resilient leaders
for the seafaring and maritime business related industry.

core values

Achievement | Integrity | Mastery | Service

institute credo

We don’t just accept the Smart, Intelligent, and Resilient students,
We Make Them!

alumni credo

From HERE we can go ANYWHERE!



Adhere to total quality management of resources towards greater productivity and sustainability


Exceed stakeholder’s expectation with distinct services


Attain levels of institutional program accreditations and services characteristic of a center of excellence


Establish core manpower defined by A-I-M-S values

research and

Pursue strategic alliances and partnerships relative to corporate social responsibility

corporate governance

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our identity

A Nation-Building Education

The Asian Institute of Maritime Studies or AIMS is a non-stock, non-profit educational institution comprised of four schools, namely: School of Maritime Affairs (SMA), School of Engineering and Architecture (SEA), School of Heritage Education (SHE), and the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). It is a specialized maritime higher learning institution committed to the development of the Philippine maritime industry and considered one of the top maritime school in the country.

The four schools have their respective roles in the development of the maritime industry. The School of Maritime Affairs (SMA) focuses on offshore operations and logistics. It sets high standards for seafaring training and education. It also educates professionals in the seafaring business such as port manager, customs broker, and others.

On the other hand, the School of Engineering and Architecture (SEA) focuses on onshore operations and ocean engineering. In preparation for Globalization 4.0 which predicts an increase in onshore support system and a decrease in manning operations as a result of automation, the school focuses on setting the education benchmark for supporting the maritime industry of the Philippines in onshore operations. It covers domains such as ship repair and maintenance, naval architecture and design, port operations, and others.

Alongside the technical locus of the institution, the School of Heritage Education (SHE) focuses on promoting the maritime art, culture, and history of the Philippines through entertainment. It contextualizes the Philippine maritime identity through the culture and the arts. Currently, a lot of Filipino performers globally such as cruise ships performers are underemployed since they did not undertake a formal training in performing arts. The school intends to professionalize the performing arts industry and support Filipino performers.

The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) focuses on maritime administration, education, and policy making. It intends to educate professionals in the maritime industry by creating a platform for discussions and research undertaking. The development of the Philippine maritime industry relies on competent and capable administrators and policy makers. Thus, the school cultivates professionals who are dedicated for nation-building and have a strong grasp of the Philippine maritime history and identity. The four schools have different roles but as a whole it forms a coherent structure which supports the development of the Philippine maritime industry across all domains. The commitment and responsibility towards nation-building serves as the guiding principle and identity of AIMS as it cultivates itself as the home of maritime knowledge exchange.

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The Regiment

transparency and accountability

The Asian Institute of Maritime Studies or AIMS adheres to the highest corporate governance principle and standards. It proudly operates under the ISO 9001-2015 Quality Management System Certification. It has enjoyed an ISO certification since its ISO 9002:9004 accreditation from the America Bureau of Shipping. The ISO criteria were mandated by the ’95 Standards and National Requirements of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW), and by the 2010 “Manila Amendments” Convention Code set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).


The corporate governance policies of the institution minimize conflict of interests and ensures checks and balances within the organization. It promotes transparency and accountability in decision making which is all based on the Vision and Mission of the institution.

Board of Trustees

The governing policies and standards is set by the AIMS Board of Trustees which is headed by the Chairperson. The Board, through the President, approves and enforces policies, programs, activities, appointments, and promotions. Moreover, it monitors and evaluates the actions and strategies of the President.

Management Structure

The AIMS QMS Management Structure (QMS-4) adopted the input-process-output model in addressing statutory, regulatory, and customer requirements. There are Academic and Administrative councils, committees, teams and quality circles clustered by hierarchy and levels of responsibility and accountability to ensure effective QMS.

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The AIMS Executives

Executive Management Council (ExCom)

Executive Officers (President, Senior Vice President, and Vice Presidents) are responsible in conducting a management review of governing policies and standards, and then recommend the same to the Board of Trustees. ExCom translates policy directions to strategies and targets through periodic staff meetings. Quality Assurance Department (QuAD) The Quality Assurance Department reviews and monitors the effectiveness of the Total Quality Management System through periodic audits. The QuAD members recommends enhancements of academic and administrative policies, standards and programs relative to quality standards.

Quality Assurance Department (QuAD)

The Quality Assurance Department reviews and monitors the effectiveness of the Total Quality Management System through periodic audits. The QuAD members recommends enhancements of academic and administrative policies, standards and programs relative to quality standards.

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee is divided into two (2) groups composed of Administrative and Academic Department Heads. It aims to monitor and provide feedbacks on the implementation of the Quality Management System. The AdCom reviews and evaluates processes and procedures and recommends plans, programs and strategies to ensure products/services are in conformity with defined standards.

Academics/Administrative Committees/Teams

The Department’s Quality Circles ensure the implementation and monitoring of quality standards and system requirements. There are teams and committees operationalizing the initiation or enhancement of standards, monitoring certain processes, projects and providing feedbacks of implementation.

corporate social responsibility

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The Asian Institute of Maritime Studies or AIMS promotes Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and cultivates a culture of social responsibility to its stakeholder and the wider community. AIMS integrates the principle of corporate citizenship in its institutional policies and operational practices. It also launches initiatives to create positive impact to the community. As an institution which integrates international standards, AIMS adopted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or UNSDG as a framework for its initiatives and activities. The UNSDG framework connects the energies of AIMS into a larger global goal.

As a specialized maritime higher learning institution, AIMS is committed to the development of the Philippine maritime industry. Its nation-building commitment complemented by the UNSDG framework is the organizing principle of AIMS as it seeks to positively influence its stakeholders and its community.