Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, WMU President, delivered the keynote address at the 37th Women in Shipping and Trading (WISTA) International Conference that was held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands from 3 to 6 October. The focus of the conference was on future-proof maritime solutions.
As part of aligning the WMU curriculum with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Class of 2018 began their first week of studies with an intensive Marine Environmental Science course that ran from 18-27 September. The 113 students from 47 countries were introduced to sound and sustainable management of maritime sectors and their role in lessening the impact of human activities on the marine environment.
The Orientation for the new Sasakawa Fellowship Students in the Class of 2018 was held at WMU on 22 September in the Sasakawa Auditorium. The event was hosted by The Nippon Foundation which was represented by Mr. Tsutomu Akita, Senior Specialist on International Maritime Cooperation for the Ocean Policy Research Institute and Mr. Shinichi Ichikawa, Manager of the Ocean Research and Development Department at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
On 18 September, WMU and the IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) were delighted to welcome the first student to the joint MPhil programme in International Maritime Law & Ocean Policy. Ms Oyindamola Temitope Banjoko of Nigeria will spend the coming months at WMU, and then move on to IMLI in Malta in September 2018, with her graduation expected in May 2019.
On 18 September, the inauguration of the Class of 2018 MSc in Maritime Affairs, took place in the WMU Sasakawa Auditorium. For this new academic year, 113 students from 47 countries are enrolled in the 14-month programme, including the first student from Timor-Leste.
On 8 September, 32 students in the 2017 English and Study Skills Programme (ESSP) completed their intensive 3-month studies. The ESSP curriculum is designed to upgrade the English language competencies of the participants in Academic English for maritime purposes. It may be taken as a precursor to WMU’s M.Sc. programmes, or as a stand-alone course for professionals wishing to improve their academic skills in English in the maritime context.
Ms.Sanjam Sahi Gupta is Director for Sitara Shipping Ltd and Astral Freight Forwarders [Pvt] Ltd.and is heading the NVOCC business for the Indian Subcontinent and Middle East business.
Having joined the family business as a trainee in 2001, she has helped establish Sitara as one of the key players in the ODC and project cargo market handling prestigious projects such as for the US Defence Forces at Diego Garcia, a naval base.