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Rear Admiral Mohammad Musa, OSP, NPP, RCDS, AFWC, PSC, PhD

Vice-Chancellor, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University, Bangladesh (BSMRMU)

Rear Admiral Mohammad Musa, OSP, NPP, RCDS, AFWC, PSC, PhD
Vice-Chancellor, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Maritime University, Bangladesh (BSMRMU)

Rear Admiral Musa joined Bangladesh Naval Academy on 27 January 1985 and has 36 years of professional and academic experience. He is a Naval Gunnery Specialist Officer and served as an Instructor at Bangladesh Naval Academy and chief Instructor of the Naval Gunnery and Seamanship School. He has commanded six warships ranging from Patrol Craft to Frigates and the flagship, BNS BANGABANDHU (Guided Missile Frigate). The admiral has served as the Director of four Directorates at Naval Headquarters, namely the Directorate of Plans, Submarine, Naval Aviation and Signals. He also served as Naval Secretary. He commanded the biggest naval establishment of the Bangladesh Navy, BNS ISSA KHAN, in Chattogram. As Area Commander, he performed the duties of Naval Administrative Authority Dhaka and Commander Khulna Naval Area.

The Admiral is the Vice-Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University, Bangladesh (BSMRMU). After joining as Vice Chancellor, he has taken the initiative to promote cooperation with various reputed international maritime organizations for joint research academic exchange in maritime cooperation programmes. He has also started 1st Maritime Business Incubator (Startup Blue) to generate innovative business ideas and promote maritime sector entrepreneurship. Before that, the admiral served as the Chairman of the Mongla Port Authority. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Port handled a record number of ships and cargo, thereby making a new record earning revenue (Tk. 340 crores), the highest in the 70 years of history of Mongla Port. During his tenure, the admiral worked relentlessly to develop the Port and transform it into an international standard port to serve as a Southwestern gateway and a hub for regional connectivity.

Outside the Navy, the admiral has served as the Director of the Blue Economy Cell and Directing Staff (Navy) Armed Forces War Course at the National Defence College from 2010 to 2013. Rear Admiral Musa is an alumnus of Defence Services Command and Staff College, Mirpur, French Inter Forces War College, National Defence College, Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS), UK and King's College, London.

In his Academic credentials, he achieved four master’s degrees in War Studies, English Literature, International Relations and Business Administration. It is to be mentioned that he completed MA in "International Security and Strategy" from Kings College, London. He has completed M Phil from Bangladesh University of Professionals in 2015. On January 2021, despite his hectic schedule and commitments, the admiral completed the PhD "Maritime Domain Awareness: Bangladesh Perspective" from Jahangirnagar University. The admiral is also a fellow of the Capstone Course (2023/1) of the prestigious National Defence College, Mirpur, Dhaka.

The Admiral has a passion for research works on core maritime issues, particularly Maritime Law, Ocean Policy, Sustainable Blue Economy, Coastal Zone Management and regional maritime partnership issues. He has a number of research publications in reputed journals to his credit. Admiral has attended various national and international seminars and symposiums. His interviews were published in six international defence & Security Journals. His numerous professional articles were published in various Defence and Security Journals at home and abroad. The Admiral is a distinguished guest speaker/ Lecturer at various public/ private Universities, National Defence College, Defence Services Command and Staff College and in many forums organized both at home and abroad on Blue Economy, International Security and Strategy, Maritime governance and Policy issues.

The admiral has several extraordinary achievements in his distinguished naval service career. As the captain of Bangladesh's flagship (Guided Misile Frigate), he received 'National Standard' from the Hon'ble Prime Minister for outstanding contributions both at naval and national levels. While performing the duties of Commander Khulna Naval Area (Eastern Naval Command), received the prestigious' National Standard Award' from the Hon'ble President. The admiral has also received the peacetime awards 'Oshamanno Seba Padak', 'Nou Parodorshita Padak' and the newly introduced 'National Integrity Award' for outstanding performance. In recognition of his extraordinary service to the Navy, the admiral has received the Chief of Naval Staff's commendation award three times during his glorious career.