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World Maritime University - 30th Anniversary

WMU graduates


IMO in July 2013 hosted a special event to celebrate WMU's 30th anniversary.
Founded in 1983 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, WMU is a centre of excellence for maritime post-graduate education and research. WMU offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs as well as Professional Development Courses with the highest standards in maritime affairs. WMU’s mission is closely allied to that of IMO.
Headquartered in Malmö, Sweden with additional M.Sc. programs in Shanghai and Dalian, China,  WMU promotes the international exchange and transfer of maritime ideas and knowledge.

At the beginning of the 1980s, IMO identified a shortage of well-qualified, highly educated maritime experts, particularly in lesser developed nations. It was to address this gap, that IMO founded an institution to support Member States with the high level education necessary to implement international conventions.
Thirty years later, WMU has continued to go from strength to strength – and throughout that period it has served both IMO and the wider maritime community.
The influence of WMU within today's maritime community is immense, and cannot be overstated. Numerous alumni hold senior maritime positions as ministers of transport, directors of shipping companies and ports, heads of maritime academies and naval organizations, and many serve as representatives of their home countries at international forums and organizations such as the IMO.

WMU contact:

Maia Brindley Nilsson
Communications & Development Officer
World Maritime University
+46 40 356314



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