Record Number of PhD Graduates in 2023
At the 2023 WMU Graduation Ceremony on 28 October, a record number of ten candidates were awarded the Doctor of Philosophy in Maritime Affairs. The graduates also represent a record in terms of gender with 7 out of 10 being women, also with a record contingency from the Caribbean Region.
Professor Maximo Q. Mejia, Jr., WMU President, remarked, “Prior to assuming the role of WMU President, I served as the Director of the WMU PhD Programme, therefore I am particularly proud of the records set with this group of PhD graduates in terms of numbers, gender, and geographic region. The breadth, depth and impact of their research topics are impressive, and we are proud to count them among our esteemed, global network of alumni. The work they have already achieved points to great things to come from these individuals as they contribute their insight and expertise to the maritime and oceans fields in their home countries, as well as globally.”
Since its founding in 1983 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the World Maritime University has established a reputation as a global center for postgraduate maritime education, research, and capacity building. In 2003, the first candidates enrolled in the PhD programme which offers the opportunity to further develop maritime specialization on research topics related to maritime safety, security, technology and energy, education, environment, shipping management, administration, and law and policy. Research at WMU directly relates to current and future issues of importance to the maritime sector and the results are contributing to policy development at IMO and its Technical Cooperation mission.
WMU’s PhD programme offers unrivaled access to international maritime experts both inside and outside academia, and to organizations working at the forefront of research and development. WMU doctoral candidates come from industry, academia and the government sector. Flexible enrollment patterns allow candidates to carry out their research either at WMU or their location of choice such as with their employer. World-renowned WMU faculty serve as supervisors with many maritime specialists serving as co-supervisors.
Follow the links below to learn more about each graduate, including their research topic and WMU experience.