WMU and the Republic of Indonesia Sign MOU
President of WMU, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry and Mr. Asep D. Muhammad, Secretary of the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 29 September. The signing was witnessed by distinguished members of the delegation from Indonesia including Dr. Ir. Safri Burhanuddin, DEA, Deputy Minister, Deputy for Human Resources, Science and Technology and Maritime Culture Affairs, Republic of Indonesia and Mr. Bagas Hapsoro, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of Sweden and the Republic of Latvia.
The MoU establishes the basis for cooperation between WMU and the Government of Indonesia. It covers tailor-made maritime education, training and capacity-building programmes to support the needs and priorities of the Government of Indonesia, including in the following areas: shipping, logistics and port management, maritime safety, environmental administration and marine energy. It also includes professional development courses, seminars and workshops to be delivered in Indonesia and in Malmö.
President Doumbia-Henry hailed the signing of the MOU and stated: “This MoU strengthens WMU’s partnership and engagement with the Government of Indonesia and was the result of an intensive consultation process over the past months. I am delighted and proud that Indonesia can count on the support of WMU to implement one of the key objectives of the Government, namely, to support the country as a global maritime axis, with its thousands of islands spanning almost 6 million square kilometres, to strengthen the country’s maritime infrastructure, including its maritime administration and ports. I am also pleased that the Government has undertaken to increase its intake of students in the postgraduate programme at WMU.”
The MoU falls within the WMU Strategic Plan 2016-2019, particularly Strategic Direction 1 focused on education and fostering of growth of maritime leaders in both developing and developed countries, which is a core mission of WMU. It also supports WMU’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely Goal 4 focused on ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.
The signing of the MoU was followed by a lecture delivered by Dr. Burhanuddin entitled “Indonesia National Ocean Policy and Maritime Axis”. The lecture was open to all WMU students and provided an opportunity to learn more about Indonesia’s unique maritime resources including marine biodiversity, geotectonic position, dynamic oceanography and climate variability, as well as international sea lanes of the archipelagic nation. To date, 149 Indonesians have graduated from WMU.