WMU Arab Alumni Association Launched
On 1 November, the launch of the newly formed World Maritime University Arab Alumni Association (WMU-AAA) took place in the Sasakawa Auditorium. Supported by graduates from Egypt, Iraq, Algeria, Libya, Jordan and Syria, the Association takes a regional rather than national approach in support of the WMU alumni maritime and oceans network.
WMU-AAA’s mission is to cultivate a robust, supportive network among WMU alumni through providing a platform for members to connect, exchange their experiences, and learn from each other. Through a range of initiatives, including events, mentorship programs, and collaborative projects, the Association’s ultimate aim is to empower its members and make a positive impact on their respective communities.
WMU students, faculty and staff joined in the launch celebration as well as several alumni who joined virtually. Professor Maximo Q. Mejia, Jr., President of WMU, addressed the gathering and emphasized the power of the WMU global network. He encouraged the newly formed Association to promote engagement through events at WMU, as well as regionally, and to keep in close touch with the University.
ITF Seafarers’ Trust Assistant Professor, Dr Khanssa Lagdami, delivered remarks and thanked the students in the Class of 2023, and those of previous classes, who initiated the idea of the Association. She noted the importance of the Association in light of the current state of affairs in the world, and that the event goes beyond a simple launch, saying ”The unity displayed in this Association also reflects WMU's vision to bring people together beyond politics.”
Additional remarks were made by WMU alumni, including Mr Eslam Ramadan Badry Gad who just graduated in the Class of 2023 and is serving as the first President of the WMU-AAA. He also noted the importance of establishing the Arab Alumni Association at a pivotal moment in history, saying, “[WMU-AAA] transcends being a mere organization; it stands as a powerful emblem of unity and solidarity within our alumni community. It serves as a vital link that not only reconnects us with our beloved alma mater but also with one another, irrespective of the diverse paths our individual journeys have led us on.”
WMU-AAA has 140 registered members and expects to attract additional members from Arabic speaking countries. WMU alumni interested in joining can contact the Association through their facebook page or Mr Gad at email@example.com.
WMU-AAA joins a number of other WMU Alumni Associations around the world including the most recently established Latin American Alumni Association (LATAMA) and the regional WMU Alumni Association of Africa, which is also open to all national Associations in the region. Since WMU was established in 1983, a total of 6,090 alumni from 170 countries and territories have graduated from WMU. Many of these alumni have gone on to occupy critical positions across sectors particularly the maritime sector. WMU has a dedicated Alumni Office and the University encourages its graduates to register as WMU Alumni. Graduates are also encouraged to join the official WMU Alumni Facebook group, and to send news and information to the WMU Alumni Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in the news listing.