As the International Maritime Organization’s centre of excellence for postgraduate maritime education, WMU’s mission is to be the world centre of excellence in postgraduate maritime and oceans education, professional training and research, while building global capacity and promoting sustainable development.

WMU offers a unique postgraduate educational program, undertakes wide-ranging research in maritime and environmental studies, and continues maritime capacity building. Working closely with our stakeholders, including IMO, the maritime industry, national maritime administrations, and NGOs, WMU is positioned to:

  • Help build a more environmentally sensitive and sustainable world through education and research in the maritime sector
  • Educate future global maritime leaders
  • Contribute to maritime capacity building and the development of effective policies of equal opportunity for the global maritime community
  • Provide an international focus and forum for networking and collaboration on critical issues and developments in maritime transportation worldwide


WMU bases its work around nine core values:

  • Leadership - Serve as global maritime leaders in education and research
  • Integrity - Act equitably, impartially, and fairly in all actions
  • Respect - Behave professionally and earn respect of others, both within and outside the organization
  • Collaboration - Develop and maintain effective working relationships and strong partnerships at all levels
  • Innovation - Treat problem solving and work tasks with ingenuity
  • Transparency - Encourage open communication and provide access to maritime information
  • Accountability - Promote greater accountability
  • Efficiency - Strive for timely, cost-effective, and accurate results
  • Compliance - Ensure that policies are implemented and adhered to
  • Sustainability – Support sustainable development goals for the maritime transport the marine environment sectors as well as sustainability-oriented actions by WMU