President Mejia Meets with Current Students
On 11 July, Professor Maximo Q. Mejia, Jr., who assumed office as the eighth President of the World Maritime University (WMU) at the close of June, addressed the resident PhD candidates and MSc students in the Malmö Class of 2023. Professor Mejia is the first President from Asia and the first President who is a graduate of WMU.
President Mejia spoke to the group about his personal journey from being a WMU student to assuming the position of WMU President. He highlighted the impact and benefit of studying at WMU to his career, and the invaluable international network gained that has been an asset to his personal and professional advancement. He impressed upon the students the importance of their role as future maritime and oceans leaders who are uniquely positioned to effect change, saying “WMU's education is innovative, unique and essential, as we instill in you the value of interdisciplinary thinking. We are dedicated to nurturing your potential, providing guidance, and facilitating opportunities that will shape your careers and make a meaningful impact in the maritime and oceans fields.” He continued, “You embody the success of WMU as in many ways, you are the standard-bearers and change-makers for the future. ”
President Mejia is an accomplished global leader and scholar in maritime governance, policy, and administration. He outlined his career path for the students beginning with his graduation from WMU in 1994. After four years of service to his home country of the Philippines, he joined the WMU Faculty in 1998. At WMU, he has held various positions within the University including Director of the PhD Programme, Head of the Maritime Law and Policy Specialization, Associate Academic Dean, and Nippon Foundation Professor of Maritime Policy, Governance, and Administration. He served as Administrator/Director General at the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) from 2013 to 2016, heading the government agency responsible for integrating the development, promotion, and regulation of the maritime industry in the Philippines. From 1988 to 1998, he progressively held various positions in the Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard including Assistant Chief of Staff for Navigational Safety and Deputy Executive Director of the Multisectoral Task Force on Maritime Development.
Professor Mejia was included in the 2013 Lloyd’s List 100 Most Influential Persons in the Shipping Industry. He has served on several senior diplomatic assignments including Head of Delegation of the Philippines to IMO meetings (2013 -2016), Special Envoy of the President of the Philippines to the Inauguration of the Expanded Panama Canal (2016), and Chairperson of the 31st ASEAN Maritime Transport Working Group (2016).