MoU with Italian Merchant Marine Academy Foundation

On 20 April, a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the World Maritime University (WMU) and the Italian Merchant Marine Academy Foundation (FAIMM) at the Arenzano headquarters, at Villa Figoli des Geneys. The signing provides for a renewal of the agreements already in place between the two institutions, but also aims at enhancing joint activities on the subject of training in the maritime and port world.

WMU President, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, visited the Arenzano headquarters of the Academy, also speaking in one of the international courses. The visit provided the opportunity to learn more about the formal project of the new headquarters of the Academy, which will be built in 2025 in Palazzo Tabarca, in the heart of the port of Genoa. The future headquarters will be able to accommodate hundreds of students of ITS courses, and will be the central hub of the Academy's training activities. In addition, it will offer students, companies and institutions the opportunity to use a latest generation Training Centre, capable of responding to the most contemporary needs of high-level training in the maritime world, which will be the most advanced simulation center of public interest in the Mediterranean.

After the visit of the staff of the Italian Merchant Marine Academy to the WMU headquarters last October, this further meeting allows the two institutes to strengthen the already strong connection on the subject of high quality training, which must increasingly look at the technological aspects and the implications of various factors on the world of logistics, automation and environmental sustainability.

Paola Vidotto, Director of the Italian Merchant Marine Academy said, "This meeting marks an important moment for the structure of the Academy, also because the excellent relations with the WMU, a direct emanation of the United Nations on the subject of the maritime world, strengthen the many activities of IMSSEA, the international section of the Academy, which operates on the front of specialized training with dozens of countries around the world. Important actions, which together with the WMU can also see very interesting developments”.  

Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry said, “We are very happy to share this partnership with the Italian Merchant Marine Academy, because we all know that the maritime industry faces new and important challenges, at all levels. From autonomous navigation to the sustainability of the sector, we must work harder to ensure a high-quality education for all, whether they are new students or experienced ones”.

About the World Maritime University

The World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden, is established within the framework of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) a specialized agency of the United Nations. The mission of WMU 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’s vision is to inspire leadership and innovation for a sustainable maritime ocean’s future. WMU is an organization by and for the international maritime community and is committed to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

About the Italian Merchant Marine Academy

The Italian Merchant Marine Academy, born in 2005 and recognized as an ITS Foundation in 2011 with the name of " Higher Technical Institute Foundation for Sustainable Mobility - Maritime Transport and Fishing Sectors", is an institution that issues titles from the Ministry of Education in non-university tertiary education. The " mission" of the Academy is to provide specialist training aimed at occupations with a high professional and technological content, based on the needs of companies in the sectors concerned and in particular in the strategic areas of maritime and logistics.

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