The Asian Institute of Maritime Studies (AIMS), Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit educational institution established and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on September 22, 1993. It is a maritime school that aims to provide quality maritime education and to make a difference in other sectors. AIMS has already gone past a milestone on its 20th year and now faces its third decade of service of continuously providing world-class trade, travel and transportation education. AIMS is evidently moving full speed ahead as the “Home of Maritime Knowledge Exchange”, the provider of choice, the investment of choice and the employer of choice relentlessly shaping its students to become distinct leaders in their chosen profession. Its main office is located at AIMS MC Building, 133 Arnaiz Avenue corner Roxas Blvd. Pasay City. The school has 169 regular staff, 89 part-time staff and 13 project-based staff, 13 probationary staff and 5 members of the Board of Trustees.
It was first certified for 3 years on December 10, 2015 which ended on December 21, 2018.
Its purposes, among others, are “to provide Accessible, Culture driven and Exemplary (ACE) learning environment in the provision of Relevant, Equitable and Lifelong (REAL) Education Training and Support Services (ETS); to adhere to total quality management of resources towards greater productivity and sustainability; to exceed stakeholder’s expectation with distinct services; to attain levels of institutional program accreditations and services characterized as Center of Excellence; and to pursue strategic alliances and partnerships relative to corporate social responsibility”.
The institution’s programs are focused on providing education and trainings. Its operations are national and international in scope. It offers degree programs in Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation, BS Marine Engineering, BS Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (BSNAME), Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM), Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration (BSCA), Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA), Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS), PhD in Maritime Administration, Master in Maritime Administration (MARAD) with five specializations, Master in Customs Administration, and Diploma/certificate Programs.
AIMS now ranks among the 10 most preferred maritime schools in the Philippines. They also have an ISO 9001-2008 Quality Management System Certification from the American Bureau of Shipping since year 2000 up to September 2017 and now ISO 9001-2015 certified conforming to the standards set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The school is also a PACUCOA Level II Reaccreditation Status for Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering Program, Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration Program and Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation.
For its Graduate School Programs, the CHED has selected AIMS as a provider of graduate programs: Master in Maritime Customs Administration (MCA) and the Maritime Administration (MarAd) Programs which is awarded as Center for Excellence.