On 2 February, HE Ashok Sajjanhar, Ambassador of India to Sweden and Latvia, visited WMU. After discussions with the President, Professor Neil Bellfontaine, Professor Patrick Donner and Associate Registrar Sue Jackson, the Ambassador was delighted to meet with the current students from India: (from left to right) Mr Gopal Krishna Choudhary, Mr Vivek Menon, Mr Rajesh Mittal and Mr Giriraj Singh Rathod.
On February 3, HE Shunji Yanai, Judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg, gave a public lecture on "Role of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in the Peaceful Settlement of Maritime Disputes " at WMU. In addition to students from the MSc in Maritime Affairs, some twenty students from Lund University and WMU staff attended the lecture, and were delighted to meet Judge Yanai at the reception following the lecture.
Five new students joined the Class of 2011 on 10 January; they had been granted advanced standing to join the accelerated 11-month programme. The group is made up of (from left to right) Abdulhusain Abdulla and Mayas Alagha, from Bahrain’s General Organization of Ports, Joseph Ake of the Nigerian Navy (funded by the Bayelsa State Scholarship Board), Jolyn Tay from Singapore’s Maritime & Port Authority, and Johan Svensson, funded by the Swedish Trust Fund.
The MaRiSa Research Group has won a third EU research project in the space of a year. TeamSafety, which follows in the wake of IMPACT and ADOPTMAN, aims to develop an innovative 3D virtual team-training maritime safety simulation platform to meet the latest EU safety requirements for sea and seafarers’ emergency response training.
WMU is leading the project which will run for two years from November 2010. The total project budget is €2.8 million, of which €2.2 is funded by the EU; WMU will receive €300,000.
Dr Björn Kjerfve, President of WMU, has visited Korea, where he received a warm welcome from several Korean organisations, as well as attending the 11th Annual Assembly of the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU) in Busan.
The Secretary-General of IMO and Chancellor of WMU, Mr Efthimios Mitropoulos, opened the Assembly on 15 October, and was pleased to meet Dr Oh, President of the Korea Maritime University, and some of the cadets from various universities represented at the Assembly.
The French Friends of WMU (Association des Amis de l'UMM) is one of the longest-established and most active of the world-wide network of WMU support associations. In recent years, their support has generously provided an annual prize – le Prix Pierre Leonard - awarded to the best female student on the Malmö MSc program, the establishment of the Pierre Houssin Room for doctoral students, and the recent decision to donate an official vehicle to the University.
Graduation day was preceded on 9 October by the annual reception given for the Sasakawa Fellows by the Ocean Policy Research Foundation of Japan. Mr Eisuke Kudo, Special Adviser at the OPRF, made an address to the graduands, and then each Sasakawa Fellow received a special certificate to mark their graduation from Mr Masazumi Nagamitsu, Executive Director of the Nippon Foundation.
On 27 September, the first common meeting was held to plan activities under the MARTEC collaborative research project, ADOPTMAN, and to co-ordinate the research schedule. ADOPTMAN - ADvanced Planning for OPTimised Conduction of Coordinated MANoeuvres in Emergency Situations - is a three-year Swedish-German project. Working alongside WMU’s Maritime Risk & Safety (MaRiSa) Research Group is SSPA AB Göteborg and Stena Line Scandinavia AB,and German partners Marinesoft GmbH, Hochschule Wismar, Maritime Simulation Centre Warnemünde and the Institute for Ship Safety
The annual WMU Maritime Policy Seminar this year again benefited enormously from contributions from distinguished practitioners representing key maritime industry activities in the 21st century. The seminar debated issues including global shipping, ships’ manning (The Year of the Seafarer), the possibility of mustering women onboard ships, a ship’s Master’s authority/responsibility and liability, the use of armed guards on ships, security issues in maritime education and training and many others. The maritime policies of Japan and the European Union were also discussed.