Abhinayan Basu Bal successfully defended his thesis, "A Critical Evaluation of the Rotterdam Rules: Selected Issues in Perspective" on 17 June. The Examination Board was chaired by Professor P K Mukherjee, Director of the Doctoral Programme, and the two External Examiners were Professor Emeritus Marc A. Huybrechts, University of Antwerp and Professor Emeritus Gertjan van der Ziel, Erasmus University Rotterdam. One of Mr. Basu Bal's supervisors, Professor D Rhidian Thomas of Swansea University, was also present. His examiners unanimously awarded him a pass at the highest level.
On 8 July 2010, WMU signed an agreement that the Springer Publishing Company will take over the publication of the WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs from January 2011. This formal agreement with a world-wide and well-established academic publisher like Springer provides the framework that the Journal needs in order to grow and expand its position globally. The new arrangements will also make the WMU Journal a more attractive place to authors to publish their work.
On 24 July 2010, ITL2010 Graduation Ceremony was held in Shanghai. A total of 36 students graduated (one person received Post-graduate Certificate. Thirty five persons received MSc degrees). Mrs. Weng Xingyue received the best student award (Chancellor’s Medal for Academic Excellence).
Dr. Björn Kjerfve, the WMU President conferred the degree on the graduates. Professor Jin Yongxing, Vice President of SMU, Mr. Bartlette of Lloyds Register, China, ITL faculty from SMU, ITL2011 students, family members and friends of graduates also participated in the ceremony.
On 6 July 2010, the opening ceremony of the WMU MSc programme in Maritime Safety and Environmental Management, 2011 class which is delivered in collaboration with Dalian Maritime University in Dalian, China was held at Dalian Maritime University. A total of 33 new students have enrolled in this class, 32 from China and 1 from Myanmar.
On 19 May, the annual WMU/Nautical Institute joint seminar was held, on the theme of Regulation & Best Practice - Getting the Balance Right
The seminar debated and explored the balance between using regulation and best practice guides to address the operational challenges in the maritime industry. Both tools are essential for an effective industry, but the seminar considered whether we have the balance right, and also looked carefully at the legal status of best practice.
On 12 April 2010 the Ministry of Infrastructure hosted a meeting to launch an audit of the Polish maritime administration. This is known as VIMSAS - Voluntary IMO Member State Audit Scheme. This will be performed by three IMO-appointed auditors, including WMU’s Jens Schröder-Hinrichs. The meeting was attended by Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Infrastructure, Anna Wypych-Namiotko, and representatives of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, the Ministry of National Defence, and the Ministry of the Environment.
The opening ceremony of WMU’s MSc programme in International Transport and Logistics 2011 class was held on 24 March 2010 at Shanghai Maritime University.
There are 30 students in this class, 28 of them coming from China, 1 from Malaysia and 1 from the USA. The ITL2011 students have already started their first classes.
At the opening ceremony, the Vice President (Academic) Professor Ma made a presentation on the ITL programme, as well as on WMU and its close cooperation with SMU. He also explained the academic requirements and answered the questions from the students.
Associate Professor Jens-Uwe Schröder-Hinrichs attended the 14th session of IMO’s Sub-Committee on Radiocommunications and Search and Rescue (COMSAR), held in London from 8 to 12 March, to present the final report of the WMU-led 5-year project on Search and Rescue research related to passenger ships.
On 28 January, HE A F M Gousal Azam Sarker, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Sweden and the Nordic countries, visited WMU. After discussions with the President, Professor Patrick Donner and Associate Registrar Sue Jackson, the Ambassador was delighted to meet with the current students from Bangladesh: (from left to right) Mr Mohammad Fazley Alim, Mr Md. Tabibur Rahman, and Mr Md. Nashir Uddin.