WMU Adopts Strategic Plan from 2016-2019

The World Maritime University (WMU) Strategic Plan 2016-2019 has just been adopted by the University’s Board of Governors at its 34th session on 23-24 May. The Plan outlines the strategic directions and objectives of the University. The Board welcomed the Strategic Plan and thanked the Executive Board, the President, faculty and staff of the University for the four-year strategic framework within which the University would operate.

“This new Strategic Plan provides the whole WMU community with a clear vision for moving forward. It requires the implementation of eight strategic directions and six short and medium-term objectives for the University. It is an ambitious agenda and takes into account recent developments, including the outcome of the Study on the Financial Sustainability of the University that was approved by the Board of Governors and noted by the IMO Council, the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, and the Paris Climate Change Agreement. This agenda for the next four years will ensure that WMU is responsive to the new developments ensuring that its education, research and capacity-building mandate and outcomes respond to the expectations of the maritime and oceans community to which it is dedicated. WMU is a unique academic institution within the UN context at the service of IMO member States and maritime and oceans industry stakeholders, with a strategic outreach to and partnership with business,stated Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, WMU President.

The Strategic Plan will implement the eight key strategies adopted by the Board of Governors in May 2015 and noted at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council and IMO Assembly in June 2015 and December 2015, respectively. The Strategic Plan includes the University’s expanded mandate to include the oceans, as well as the establishment of an Endowment Fund to spearhead fund-raising activities to ensure its long-term sustainability. The Plan will be re-visited in 2018, to take into account the IMO Strategic Plan 2016-2021.

The Strategic Plan sets out the following eight strategic directions:

  1. Educating and Fostering of Maritime Leaders
  2. Strengthening Teaching of Maritime Policy
  3. Expansion to Oceans related Matters
  4. Strengthening Maritime and Oceans Research
  5. Diversification of Generation of Revenues
  6. New Ways of Collaboration
  7. Further Collaboration with IMO
  8. Establishment of an Endowment Fund

Since 1983, WMU has been at the service of the global maritime community supporting them to ensure safe, secure, environmentally sound, efficient and sustainable shipping on clean oceans. This is accomplished through its unique postgraduate educational programme and the cutting edge research undertaken on maritime, environmental and ocean studies. WMU works closely with IMO and maritime and ocean stakeholders, including the maritime industry, national maritime administrations, national maritime academic institutions and NGOs to ensure that its educational programme and research are responsive to its mission and meet the needs of those it serves.