Inaugural WMU EPEx Programme - Maritime Administration

From 5 to 16 September, the World Maritime University (WMU) held the inaugural Education for Professional Excellence (EPEx) programme focused on Maritime Administration. Offered as two, one-week modules, the programme provided an academic offering to professionals in the maritime and ocean sectors and was specifically designed to equip individuals with specialized knowledge and insight for optimal success in Maritime Affairs. 

Safe, secure, environmentally friendly, and efficient transport of the world’s goods requires a robust international legal and regulatory framework. Without a common, universal framework, the world’s ships would have to navigate through a maze of differing and potentially conflicting national laws and requirements. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is the UN specialized agency with responsibility for the development, adoption, and updating of treaties, conventions, standards, and other legislation that comprise this framework. Other UN organizations, such as the International Labour Organization (ILO), also contribute to this framework. 

Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, WMU President, welcomed the participants to the first module saying, “The primary responsibility for the implementation of the numerous maritime treaties and conventions rests in the governments and maritime administrations of the countries that have accepted them.​ This is where WMU fulfills a vital function as one of the most robust and enduring educational institutions to build capacity among IMO member States for the effective implementation of treaties and conventions.”

In total, 17 participants from 10 countries participated in the programme that featured high level speakers from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Swedish Transport Agency, Danish Maritime Authority (DMA), Transport Canada, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), International Organization of Airport & Seaport Police (INTERPORTPOLICE), as well as the former CEO of the Ghana Shippers Authority. The first module focused on Essentials of Maritime Administration, and the second on Maritime Administrations and International Organizations.

With its unique concentration of international maritime and ocean expertise and unparalleled network of alumni and visiting faculty, WMU is proud to offer the EPEx programme to equip key and senior maritime administration personnel with skills and knowledge at both basic and advanced levels. The EPEx portfolio offers short courses for government officials and industry professionals who wish to gain a deeper understanding of maritime and ocean topics through modules that employ a combination of classroom lectures, presentations, group work/interaction, expert panels, and simulation exercises. Through its educational offerings, WMU meets the needs and requirements of particular organizations and actively supports the commitment to UN Sustainable Development Goal 4: inclusive and equitable quality education and the promotion of lifelong learning opportunities for all. 

For more information about the EPEx programme on Maritime Administration, click here.

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