WMU’s President visits Korea

Dr Björn Kjerfve, President of WMU, has visited Korea, where he received a warm welcome from several Korean organisations, as well as attending the 11th Annual Assembly of the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU) in Busan.

The Secretary-General of IMO and Chancellor of WMU, Mr Efthimios Mitropoulos, opened the Assembly on 15 October, and was pleased to meet Dr Oh, President of the Korea Maritime University, and some of the cadets from various universities represented at the Assembly.

French Friends of WMU (Les Amis de l’UMM)

The French Friends of WMU (Association des Amis de l'UMM) is one of the longest-established and most active of the world-wide network of WMU support associations.  In recent years, their support has generously provided an annual prize – le Prix Pierre Leonard - awarded to the best female student on the Malmö MSc program, the establishment of the Pierre Houssin Room for doctoral students, and the recent decision to donate an official vehicle to the University.

Sasakawa Fellows’ Reception 2010

Graduation day was preceded on 9 October by the annual reception given for the Sasakawa Fellows by the Ocean Policy Research Foundation of Japan.  Mr Eisuke Kudo, Special Adviser at the OPRF, made an address to the graduands, and then each Sasakawa Fellow received a special certificate to mark their graduation from Mr Masazumi Nagamitsu, Executive Director of the Nippon Foundation.

First common ADOPTMAN meeting

On 27 September, the first common meeting was held to plan activities under the MARTEC collaborative research project, ADOPTMAN, and to co-ordinate the research schedule.  ADOPTMAN - ADvanced Planning for OPTimised Conduction of Coordinated MANoeuvres in Emergency Situations - is a three-year Swedish-German project.  Working alongside WMU’s Maritime Risk & Safety (MaRiSa) Research Group is SSPA AB Göteborg and Stena Line Scandinavia AB,and German partners Marinesoft GmbH, Hochschule Wismar, Maritime Simulation Centre Warnemünde and the Institute for Ship Safety

Maritime Policy Seminar 2010

The annual WMU Maritime Policy Seminar this year again benefited enormously from contributions from distinguished practitioners representing key maritime industry activities in the 21st century. The seminar debated issues including global shipping, ships’ manning (The Year of the Seafarer), the possibility of mustering women onboard ships, a ship’s Master’s authority/responsibility and liability, the use of armed guards on ships, security issues in maritime education and training and many others. The maritime policies of Japan and the European Union were also discussed.

Two new PhD awards

Abhinayan Basu Bal successfully defended his thesis, "A Critical Evaluation of the Rotterdam Rules: Selected Issues in Perspective" on 17 June.  The Examination Board was chaired by Professor P K Mukherjee, Director of the Doctoral Programme, and the two External Examiners were Professor Emeritus Marc A. Huybrechts, University of Antwerp and Professor Emeritus Gertjan van der Ziel, Erasmus University Rotterdam.  One of Mr. Basu Bal's supervisors, Professor D Rhidian Thomas of Swansea University, was also present.  His examiners unanimously awarded him a pass at the highest level.

WMU Journal Evolves

On 8 July 2010, WMU signed an agreement that the Springer Publishing Company will take over the publication of the WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs from January 2011. This formal agreement with a world-wide and well-established academic publisher like Springer provides the framework that the Journal needs in order to grow and expand its position globally. The new arrangements will also make the WMU Journal a more attractive place to authors to publish their work.

Graduation of ITL 2010

On 24 July 2010, ITL2010 Graduation Ceremony was held in Shanghai. A total of 36 students graduated (one person received Post-graduate Certificate. Thirty five persons received MSc degrees). Mrs. Weng Xingyue received the best student award (Chancellor’s Medal for Academic Excellence). 

Dr. Björn Kjerfve, the WMU President conferred the degree on the graduates. Professor Jin Yongxing, Vice President of SMU, Mr.  Bartlette of Lloyds Register, China, ITL faculty from SMU, ITL2011 students, family members and friends of graduates also participated in the ceremony. 

Inauguration of MSEM2011 class in Dalian

On 6 July 2010, the opening ceremony of the WMU MSc programme in Maritime Safety and Environmental Management, 2011 class which is delivered in collaboration with Dalian Maritime University in Dalian, China was held at Dalian Maritime University. A total of 33 new students have enrolled in this class, 32 from China and 1 from Myanmar.