Education for Professional Excellence (EPEx)
Education for Professional Excellence (EPEx)
WMU's Education for Professional Excellence (EPEx) programme provides an academic offering to professionals in the maritime and ocean sectors and is specifically designed to equip individuals with specialized knowledge and insight for optimal success in Maritime Affairs. EPEx offers a portfolio of short courses for government officials and industry professionals who wish to gain a deeper understanding of maritime and ocean topics.
About EPEx Maritime Administration:
The EPEx Maritime Administration portfolio is a programme targeting professionals with an interest in maritime administration, governance and effective work in international organizations in the maritime field.
Modules in the EPEx Maritime Administration
The EPEx in Maritime Administration is divided into two modules:
- Essentials of Maritime Administration - EPEx MA-01
- Maritime Administrations and International Organizations - EPEx MA-02
Participants can choose to attend one or both of these modules.
Essentials of Maritime Administration - EPEx MA-01
This is a multi dimensional one-week module designed to give participants a set of essential knowledge and skills that will facilitate their work in a maritime administration or analogous organization.
Designed for delivery to maritime administration executives who may have little or no prior maritime background, this module offers an intensive introduction to issues of critical importance in the maritime industry and aims to impart knowledge on the most essential aspects of maritime administration.
The module provides daily learning activities covering diverse topics such as safety, security, marine environment protection, maritime law, policy, and seafarers, among others. The learning activities in this module will enable participants to engage in an interactive session with a panel of high-level experts to discuss current practices of maritime administration and options to improve administrative performance. The module includes practical, hands-on examples and the instructors will provide full seminar notes to the participants. The daily organized learning activities will take place from 9am - 3pm with a 30-minute morning coffee break and a 1-hour lunch to be organized and provided by WMU.
Maritime Administrations and International Organizations - EPEx MA-02
Designed for delivery to maritime administration executives who already have a prior maritime background, or individuals who have completed EPEX MA-01, this multi-dimensional, one-week module is designed to provide participants from maritime administrations or analogous organizations a set of essential knowledge and skills that will facilitate productive participation in meetings, and optimize participation in deliberations, at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Labour Organization (ILO), and other intergovernmental organizations in order to more effectively impact global maritime safety, environmental protection, security, and efficiency.
The module provides daily learning activities covering diverse topics including the relevance of the IMO, ILO, other intergovernmental organizations, and industry associations in maritime affairs. The week will culminate in an interactive session that will simulate participation and interventions during meetings at an international organization. The module includes practical, hands-on examples and the instructors will provide full seminar notes to the participants. The daily organized learning activities will take place from 9am - 3pm with a 30-minute morning coffee break and a 1-hour lunch to be organized and provided by WMU.
Pia Maria Benosa
Legal Affairs and External Relations Division, IMO
Dr. Jan Hoffmann
Head, Trade Logistics, United Nations Conference on trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Ms. Manuela Tomassini
Head of Department, Department 1 - Sustainability and Technical Assistance, European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)
Dr. Emmanuel Kofi Mbiah
Trade and Transport Law Consultant
WMU CONTRIBUTING FACULTY
The Maritime Administration modules are delivered by an expert WMU faculty team together with experts from the International Maritime Organization, maritime administrations, and other partner institutions.
- Michael Manuel
Professor and Nippon Foundation Chair, Head, Maritime Education & Training, Associate Academic Dean (ad interim)
- Dimitrios Dalaklis
- Henning Jessen
- Maria Carolina Romero Lares
- Anish Hebbar
- Khanssa Lagdami
Benefits of the EPEx in Maritime Administration
Participants who complete the Essentials of Maritime Administration should:
- Gain a deeper understanding of the tasks and mandates of maritime administration, as well as its role as a key economic driver
- Understand the important role of the maritime administration in ensuring state compliance with obligations within the international maritime legal and regulatory framework
- Be familiar with the wide range of actors in the maritime sector
- Be able to more effectively assess and benchmark performance of organizations involved in regulatory functions in the maritime sector
At the end of the Maritime Administrations and International Organizations module, participants should have:
- Familiarity with the history, mission, vision, structure, major areas of focus, and working practices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
- Enhanced knowledge of the functions, priorities, and maritime relevance of other international organizations, such as the International Labour Organization
- Deep awareness of the most pressing, contemporary, and global issues facing the maritime industry today
- Confidence in the ability to participate more effectively as part of a delegation to an international organization meeting
The Essentials of Maritime Administration module is designed primarily for key and senior maritime administration personnel who have little or no prior expertise in shipping and maritime affairs.
The Maritime Administrations and International Organizations module is designed primarily for key and senior maritime administration personnel who already have prior knowledge and expertise in shipping and maritime affairs, or individuals who have completed Module EPEX MA-01 Essentials of Maritime Administration.
Participants are awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment, and an official programme showing the topics of the module(s) taken.
Module EPEx MA-01:
There are no academic prerequisites for participation in the EPEx modules, however, it is preferred that participants have completed their education to at least a Bachelor's level and/or have several years of professional experience.
Module EPEx MA-02:
Participants are required to either have completed Module EPEx MA-01 or possess relevant maritime administration experience. The latter may be demonstrated by providing a CV, personal statement, or a letter of recommendation that clarifies their professional experience in the maritime field.
Please note that the modules are delivered in English and participants should be able to follow the delivery of the courses in this language.
Module 1 dates: 18 - 22 September 2023
Module 2 dates: 25 - 29 September 2023
Application deadline: 23 July 2023/ Early Bird 31 May 2023
*Late applications may still be considered subject to availability. We recommend submitting your application as early as possible to increase your chances of acceptance.
Fee for Module 1: $2,500 (Early Bird Fee: $2,250)
Fee for Module 2: $2,500 (Early Bird Fee: $2,250)
Fee for both modules: $4,500 (Early Bird Fee for both modules: $4,000)
Fees include tuition, access to learning material and meals during course hours
Payment of tuition fees: Fees must be paid in full by 06 August 2023 (Early Bird fees must be paid in full by 16 June 2023)
WMU alumni are eligible for a 50% discount on the full price
All applications must be completed online. Paper applications are not available.