2014 MET Field Study, London
From 16-21 February, 18 students in the Class of 2014 Maritime Education and Training (MET) specialization embarked on their first Field Study. Accompanied by Associate Professor Michael Manuel, head of the MET specialization, the group traveled to London where a significant portion of the Field Study focused on a visit to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). As observers, the group attended the first ever Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW) sub-committee meeting at the IMO headquarters providing the opportunity to observe how delegates debate key maritime issues and how they select the sub–committee leaders. It was an inspiration for the students to see the many WMU graduates representing their respective countries at the meeting. The group met briefly with IMO Secretary-General and WMU Chancellor, Mr. Koji Sekimizu, as well as HTW sub-committee Secretary, Mr. Milhar Fuazudeen.
A visit to The Nautical Institute was made on 19 February where the students were received by the Training and Quality Manager, Mr. Steven Gosling, who presented the history, objectives, services and benefits provided by The Nautical Institute to its members. A free day to explore London included key points of interest such as Downing Street, Oxford University, London Bridge, Emirates stadium, Buckingham palace and other key sites.