MoU with International University of Panama
On 5 July, WMU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Maritime University of Panama (UMIP). The MoU was signed by Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of WMU and Aládar Rodríguez Díaz, President of UMIP. The MOU provides for academic cooperation between the two institutions to support the education of maritime leaders as well as the potential for research cooperation that will benefit the broader maritime and oceans community.
President Doumbia-Henry stated, “WMU is committed to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through post-graduate education, research and capacity building in the maritime and ocean fields. We are pleased to cooperate with UMIP on this agreement that supports Goal 4 focused on education and Goal 17 focused on partnerships. Expanding WMU’s presence and outreach in the Americas is a priority for the University and we welcome the opportunity to cooperate with UMIP.”
President Díaz welcomed the signing of the MoU noting it will strengthen UMIP's mission and commitment to provide maritime education and training programmes at the highiest level, as well as increase the University's international recognition. He emphasized that UMIP endorses the position of WMU and looks forward to accomplishing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially those focused on Education (SDG 4) and Global Partnership (SDG 17) for a better and more sustainable future for people in general.
"Certainly, this academic alliance will contribute to the expansion of our Maritime University in Panama and the Region, as well as the development of academic cooperation, information exchange and research projects. We are highly confident that at least two joint research projects will be developed as a result of this visit, impacting positively on other SDGs. I am glad to know that WMU is willing to cooperate with us in regards to the formation of high-quality professionals for the maritime field in Panama and the Latin-American region. I would like to thank Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of WMU, and all the WMU Staff for all their commitment and great support," stated President Díaz.
The UMIP delegation accompanying President Díaz included Captain Julio Bonilla, Director of the Technical Cooperation and International Affairs Office and Javier Diaz, (MWU Class of 2018), Director of Enrollment.