Based by the IMO and based mostly in Malmö, Sweden, WMU has change into a world heart of excellence for maritime and ocean research

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Sep 15, 2021 1:50 AM by

Tony Munoz

(Article initially revealed in Might/June 2021 version.)

In 1983, the Worldwide Maritime Group (IMO) based the World Maritime College (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden to grant postgraduate levels in maritime research, sustainable ocean training, maritime regulation and transportation logistics. On the time, the IMO acknowledged a rising scarcity of extremely educated maritime professionals, particularly in creating nations.  

“Because the IMO’s apex establishment for postgraduate research,” says WMU’s President, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, “WMU’s mission is to be the world heart of excellence in postgraduate maritime and oceans training, skilled coaching and analysis whereas constructing international capability and selling sustainable growth.”  

That’s a tall order for anybody, however not Doumbia-Henry. After a protracted and profitable profession on the Worldwide Labour Group, she was appointed in 2015 as the primary girl President of WMU and the primary from a creating nation. She shortly set about placing WMU on a brand new course targeted on local weather change, sustainable growth and – most significantly – the empowerment of girls, particularly ladies from creating nations like herself.

To satisfy its mission, the college provides Grasp’s and Doctorate levels in maritime and ocean disciplines starting from Transport & Logistics and Maritime Security & Environmental Administration to Worldwide Maritime Regulation & Ocean Coverage. Annually, college students from over 50 nations come to the Malmö campus. All of them have both undergraduate levels or the best grade certificates of competency for unrestricted service as a grasp mariner or chief engineer and have usually spent at the very least 5 years within the maritime business.

Importantly, most stay collectively within the pupil residence and, within the true spirit of the United Nations (U.N.), develop a novel cultural understanding and camaraderie, creating worldwide connections that may serve them and the worldwide maritime and ocean communities for many years to return in attaining a extra sustainable future for all.

“Lots of our graduates characterize their nations on numerous committees of the IMO,” says Doumbia-Henry, “whereas numerous IMO workers have graduated from WMU – together with the present Secretary-Common, Kitack Lim.” Others assume positions of prominence reminiscent of senior maritime officers, administrators of delivery firms and ports, and heads of maritime academies and naval organizations.

Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders

“WMU performs a vital position in educating the maritime leaders of tomorrow,” says Doumbia-Henry. “As a part of the U.N. system, it’s the embodiment of the precept that training is the engine of financial development, selling social justice and inclusive societies.”

In 2005, it established applications at Shanghai Maritime College and Dalian Maritime College in China to increase its attain to a brand new and rising clientele and assist fulfill its “capacity-building” position in creating nations. The applications have been an enormous success, and China at present has probably the most WMU graduates of any nation.

As well as, WMU provides distance studying {and professional} growth applications in partnership with DNV and Lloyd’s Maritime Academy and a Maritime Welfare Program in partnership with the ITF Seafarers Belief.

“We even have a novel Area Research program that units WMU aside,” says Doumbia-Henry. “Annually, underneath non-pandemic circumstances, college students within the Malmö MSc program profit from subject research hosted by organizations together with maritime administrations, port authorities, delivery firms and a spread of different governmental and non-governmental organizations world wide.”

Usually, college students go to 4 totally different Area Research locations throughout their time at WMU in places throughout Asia, Europe and Latin America. Area research hyperlink the scholars’ educational and technical data to sensible expertise, offering them with priceless insights on skilled practices world wide.

When it comes to ocean analysis, the WMU-Sasakawa World Ocean Institute (GOI) was established in 2018 as an integral a part of WMU to advertise sustainable oceans and useful resource insurance policies. The general goal is to convey collectively policymakers, scientists, regulators, academia and the general public to raised construct consensus and outline administration methods for sustainable ocean insurance policies.

The IMO Worldwide Maritime Regulation Institute (IMLI) in Malta and WMU collectively supply a Grasp of Philosophy in Worldwide Maritime Regulation and Ocean Coverage. This system assists professionals in creating maritime insurance policies concerning the U.N. 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Improvement. The IMLI can be an enormous advocate in offering feminine candidates with fifty % entry to its applications and programs.

As a world heart of excellence established throughout the framework of the IMO, WMU is ready to present distinctive insights into the maritime and ocean sectors and has an unparalleled connection to the IMO.

Its expansive maritime community and connection to the U.N. system give it unrivalled entry to a world community of specialists, data and capacity-building whereas supporting governments, organizations and the business worldwide, together with with data and experience to assist the implementation of the U.N. Sustainable Improvement Objectives (UNSDGs).

Sustainable Improvement

As the tutorial arm of the IMO and U.N. for maritime and oceans, WMU has built-in the U.N. Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Improvement (Ocean Decade) into its curriculum. The U.N. and IMO’s Member States have been tasked with establishing oversight of their areas and defending oceans by means of commentary, hazard mitigation, tsunami warnings and marine spatial planning.  

“WMU is well-positioned to ship tangible contributions to the U.N. 2030 Agenda by means of acknowledged excellence in maritime and ocean training, analysis, scholarship and capacity-building on maritime and ocean issues,” says Doumbia-Henry, “in addition to strengthened collaboration with the IMO and different U.N. our bodies. The college is frequently targeted on supporting IMO Member States and maritime business stakeholders within the implementation of the U.N. Sustainable Improvement Objectives and, particularly, the targets which can be of direct relevance to the maritime and ocean agendas.”

The Ocean Decade is a once-in-a-lifetime alternative for nations to interact with each other by means of widespread scientific and coverage targets to strengthen sustainability efforts for the good thing about all. Sadly, regardless of improved administration and conservation, the U.N.’s first World Ocean Evaluation discovered that the ocean is now severely degraded. Because the world’s inhabitants is estimated to succeed in 9 billion individuals by 2050, the environmental impacts by people will solely enhance.

A lot work must be performed, and WMU helps to cleared the path with vital maritime and ocean analysis targeted on decarbonization and different pivotal subjects.

Empowering Ladies 

The IMO and WMU have been staunch advocates of selling and empowering ladies within the maritime business. On World Oceans Day on June 8, 2021, the agenda for the Ocean Decade started with endorsing the aim of empowering ladies within the business.

“WMU’s mission is to assist promote change within the maritime business,” says Doumbia-Henry, “and we’re sparing no effort in contributing to the U.N.’s Sustainable Improvement Aim 5: ‘Obtain gender equality and empower all ladies and ladies.’ Sadly, ladies’s participation in seafaring is as little as it was twenty-five years in the past at roughly two %.”

The state of affairs is totally different at WMU, due to Doumbia-Henry’s management, and the college is making speedy progress in pursuing gender equality in its personal applications. Each of the MSc applications in Shanghai and Dalian have reached gender parity with 50/50 male/feminine enrollment, and enrollment within the Malmö MSc is roughly 30 % ladies – a considerable enchancment from the Nineteen Nineties when ladies made up lower than 5 % of the coed inhabitants.

“A proactive recruitment technique with sturdy assist from fellowship donors has resulted within the proportion of feminine college students rising considerably,” she provides. “Out of our 5,392 graduates, 1,181 are feminine.”

The WMU-Sasakawa World Ocean Institute can be advancing gender equality by means of its Empowering Ladies for the U.N. Decade of Ocean Science program, which was just lately endorsed by IOC-UNESCO as an Ocean Decade Motion. “Total, we’re working diligently to make sure ladies are conscious of maritime and oceans alternatives of their broadest views,” Doumbia-Henry says.

Securing the Future

“Considered one of my main aims as present President is to make sure that a powerful Endowment Fund is in place to safe the long-term way forward for WMU,” says Doumbia-Henry. “To this finish, we’ve launched a ‘Stewards of the Sea’ marketing campaign to realize the strategic goal of long-term monetary stability and independence of the college.”

When the college was based within the early Eighties, then IMO Secretary-Common C.P. Srivastava approached the Swedish authorities regarding its curiosity in internet hosting the World Maritime College. Sweden embraced the chance, offering beneficiant assist, and the Metropolis of Malmö (a brief ferry experience throughout the Øresund Strait from Copenhagen) grew to become the house of WMU.

The college at present remains to be largely funded by means of voluntary contributions with vital assist from the Authorities of Sweden and the Metropolis of Malmö. Among the many main supporters are The Nippon Basis, the ITF and the ITF Seafarers Belief, the TK Basis and the governments of Canada, Cyprus, Korea and the U.Ok.

As well as, nearly all of college students obtain fellowships which can be donor-funded or have their research funded by their employer. However extra must be performed, and constructing the endowment is the important thing.

“The work that takes place at WMU is invaluable and have to be ensured as we proceed to teach the maritime leaders of tomorrow,” says Doumbia-Henry. “As somebody who straight benefited from the generosity of scholarship donors who funded my college training and Ph.D. research, I’m extremely motivated to make sure as many WMU college students, particularly these from the creating world, are afforded fellowship alternatives to learn from WMU’s extremely specialised training in maritime and ocean affairs, which might in any other case not be inside their attain.” 

Tony Munoz is Writer & Editor-in-Chief of The Maritime Govt.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer’s and never essentially these of The Maritime Govt.

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