WMU Participates in Maritime Day 2014, Åland
For the second year in a row, WMU participated as an exhibitor at the Maritime Day event held in Mariehamn, Åland on 15 May. The event included roughly 1000 participants and took place at the Alandica Kultur & Kongress with a dinner hosted by the newly renovated Åland Maritime Museum. WMU was represented by Associate Academic Dean Patrick Donner and Senior Faculty Specialist, Mia Hedin. Former students, visiting lecturers, field study hosts, and representatives from the Åland government were among the individuals who visited the WMU stand.
Professor Donner made a presentation during the “Speakers Corner” where stakeholders had a chance to address the participants in an informal way. During the presentation he spoke about WMU and mentioned his close link to Åland as a former teacher at Åland University and member of the City Council in Mariehamn.
Ålands Sjöfart (Åland Maritime Society) was founded in 1939 and its aim is to take advantage of the Åland ships and seafarers' interests. The union currently has two main activities, issuance of Åland Maritime and partly annual project aimed at recruiting young people to the maritime industry. In addition the Association awards scholarships and other assistance to individuals or organizations engaged in or related to the maritime industry. Ålands Sjöfart has offered the Maritime Day event since 2001.