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.
The 35th session of the WMU Board of Governors (BOG) took place in Malmö from 31 May to 1 June. The BOG had before it a number of major items, including those relating to the future directions and growth of the University. Among the matters considered, the BOG approved amendments to the WMU Charter with a view to its modernization and rationalization.
President of WMU, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, and President of the Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU), Prof. Dr. Han-il PARK, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 31 May. The signing was witnessed by Mr. Kitack Lim, IMO Secretary-General and Chancellor of WMU together with Mr. Juvenal J.M. Shiundu, Acting Director, Technical Cooperation Division at IMO as well as distinguished members of the delegation from KMOU including Prof. Dr. Yun-Cheol LEE, Dean, College of Maritime Sciences, Prof. Dr. Dong-Keun RYOO, Director, Center for International Affairs and Mr.
On 19 May, President Doumbia-Henry welcomed a delegation from the French Marine Academy led by the Academy President, Admiral Alain Coldefy. The visit provided the opportunity to familiarize the delegation with WMU, its mission and achievements as well as to exchange ideas on potential areas of collaboration.