MoU with Nigerian Foundation for Youth Development
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on 11 March with the Foundation for Youth Development (FYD) located in Abuja, Nigeria. The goal of the Agreement is to promote and enhance educational and training opportunities for Nigerians in the area of Maritime Education and Oil and Gas training programs. A collaboration between FYD, WMU, and the Copenhagen Malmö Maritime Academy (CMMA), the Agreement provides for maritime vocational training for roughly 200 Nigerian seafarers within a four year period. The Nigerian Seafarer's Development Program will combine nine months of shore-based training under the guidance of CMMA with a six month at-sea component. The first intake of 40 students is expected in January of 2014. The agreement also supports a significant number of Nigerian students to study in the WMU Malmö M.Sc. program.
Two separate MoUs were signed with one between WMU and FYD, and the other between CMMA and FYD. His Excellency Mr. Benedict Onochie Amobi, Ambassador to Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland attended the signing with The Honorable Chibudom Nwuche, Chairman of FYD. CEO Bo af Winklerfelt signed the MoU on behalf of CMMA and President Björn Kjerve on behalf of WMU. It was the second time WMU welcomed Ambassador Amobi and Chairman Nwuche who were previously at WMU on 13 September 2012.
An inspection team from Nigeria accompanied Ambassador Amobi and Chairman Nwuche on their visit to WMU to see the classroom facilities and the Henrik Smith Residence where the students will be housed. At the end of the visit, the entire delegation had the opportunity for an informal coffee meeting with Nigerian students currently studying at WMU.