On 20 March, the inauguration of WMU’s MSc in International Transport and Logistics (ITL) Class of 2018 took place at Shanghai Maritime University's (SMU) Dongming Campus in Shanghai, China. The 26 new students comprise the 13th ITL class. Professor Shuo Ma, WMU Vice President (International) and Professor Xin Shi, SMU Vice President, delivered welcome messages and it was announced that two new sponsorships for this class have been received from two Shanghai-based companies.
On 31 March, the Swedish-Danish (SweDen) Branch of the Nautical Institute (NI) held their spring seminar event and Annual General Meeting at WMU. The seminar, entitled "Challenges of Unmanned Shipping", was co-organized by NI and WMU.
The seminar included presentations from the perspectives of shipowners, researchers and lecturers as well as lively discussion with input from the NI members and WMU students in attendance who represented a wide range of areas within the maritime sector.
WMU delivered an Executive Professional Development Course (EPDC) in Malmö on Shipping and Ports to staff members from the European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF) from 27 to 31 March. The main objective of the EPDC was to provide an update on contemporary developments in shipping and ports issues. Topics addressed included IMO conventions, environmental issues in shipping, market-based measures, social and training issues, port evolution, logistics, economics, and shipping alliances and finance.
Elena Margarita Atanasiu is currently working as Faculty Assistant at the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden. Elena’s areas of responsibility are coordinating WMU’s Research Portfolio and PhD Programme. Among several tasks, she keeps records of all WMU research projects and consultancies and is responsible for the recruitment and processing of PhD candidates, including handling of inquiries, maintaining databases, and scheduling progression seminars and oral examinations.