Today, 4 July 2017, marks the 34th anniversary of the founding of the World Maritime University (WMU). In the more than three decades since its founding in 1983, the University’s academic portfolio and student intake has expanded substantially as well as its mandate which today includes ocean affairs.
A cross-specialization symposium focused on Stakeholder Engagement for Maritime and Ocean Governance took place at WMU from 26 to 30 June. The seminar addressed the interdependency between the maritime and ocean environments and communities, including the need to clearly define and understand the various stakeholder roles and responsibilities required to ensure successful long-term interdependence and management of fragile ocean ecosystems.
President of WMU, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, the CEO of Marine Learning Systems, Mr Murray Goldberg, and the Vice-President of New Wave Media, Mr Greg Trauthwein, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 29 June.
The MoU establishes a partnership between the three organizations to conduct recurring global surveys on seafarer training practices in industry and sets out the guiding principles and terms by which WMU, Marine Learning Systems and New Wave Media will conduct these surveys as well as publicize the findings.
UN SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
On 12 June, the Class of 2018 MSc programme in Maritime Safety and Environmental Management (MSEM) was inaugurated in Dalian, China. The 15-month, intensive programme is delivered in cooperation with Dalian Maritime University (DMU). The incoming class includes 31 students from China and one from Thailand. The majority of the students come from China’s Maritime Safety Administration.
International Day of the Seafarer was designated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2010 as a way to recognize the contribution made by the world’s seafarers. Almost everything that we use and need in our daily lives is directly or indirectly affected by sea transport. Every year on 25 June, we take a moment to express our thanks to the World’s 1,2 million seafarers for their contribution to the world economy and our economic and social well-being.
Xiaoning Shi conducts research in game theoretical aspects in modelling and analysing the liner shipping industry during her Ph.D. program. Now she is active in the general area of shipping and port economics and management. At WMU she is working in the Maritime Risk and System Safety (MaRiSa) Research Group. Before joining the WMU, she was working at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and University of Hamburg, respectively.
On 14 June, President Doumbia-Henry welcomed a delegation from the Korea Maritime Institute (KMI) led by Dr. Chang-Ho Yang, President of KMI, on the occasion of the second annual KMI-WMU seminar. The annual seminar falls within the framework of the MOU signed between WMU and KMI in June 2016, which provides for mutual co-operation, collaboration and high quality research including the holding of a joint seminar on an annual basis.