WMU Board of Governors Meets for its 35th Session
The 35th session of the WMU Board of Governors (BOG) took place in Malmö from 31 May to 1 June. The BOG had before it a number of major items, including those relating to the future directions and growth of the University. Among the matters considered, the BOG approved amendments to the WMU Charter with a view to its modernization and rationalization. It also approved the Business Plan 2018-2019, which implements the Strategic Plan 2016-2019 and carries over the four strategic goals from the 2016-2017 Business Plan. The Business Plan 2018-2019 includes eight new goals to be pursued in order to align WMU’s work even further with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In line with Goals 4 and 14, it decided on the establishment of an Ocean Institute within the framework of the University
The Board also approved the financial outcome for 2016, accepted the unqualified opinion by the External Auditors, Auditor-General of Ghana, and approved the final budget for 2017 as well as the initial budget for 2018. The productive session highlighted the 35 years of WMU next year, the dedicated work of President Doumbia-Henry and Staff, the excellence of the programmes and the positive outlook of the University.
The Governors meet annually and are appointed by the IMO Secretary-General, Mr Kitack Lim, who also serves as Chancellor of WMU. The BOG consists of 30 members who each serve two-year renewable terms and three ex-officio members. The BOG reports to IMO Council which consists of the 40 leading maritime States. A current list of BOG members can be found here.