Professor GŁnther Zade, founding father of World Maritime University
Günther Zade, founding father and former Vice-Rector and Academic Dean
of the World Maritime University (WMU) has died in Germany. He was 70.
Zade was involved with the design and establishment of the WMU prior to its
opening in Malmö, Sweden, in July 1983 and he then dedicated his life and
intellect to the creation and progressive development of the University. As
Vice-Rector and Academic Dean of WMU, he contributed directly and positively
towards the well-being and academic achievement of the University and, more
importantly, those of its students. Even after his retirement in 2001, he continued
to serve WMU as a research fellow and became editor of the WMU Journal of Maritime
and WMU Chancellor Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, said: "It was with great sadness
that we learned of the death of Professor Zade. His dedication and foresight
in the formative years of the University helped to nurture WMU to become what
it is today - a unique model of international learning and co operation. Professor
Zade was one of the true 'Founding Fathers' of WMU who made an outstanding contribution
to the establishment, development and progress of this unique institution that
serves so well the global maritime community. His singular devotion to the development
of maritime education and training is wholeheartedly acknowledged throughout
the maritime community and many WMU graduates are where they are today, in high-level
roles in the maritime world, because of Professor Zade's role as their mentor.
We all owe him a great debt of ratitude for his dedicated service, vision and
deep commitment to the noble ideals and values which WMU embodies."
Günther Zade grew up in East Germany and studied mathematics at Leipzig
University, where he gained fame as an outstanding athlete, becoming a member
of the East German national water polo team.
on a seafaring career in the West German merchant marine in 1957, becoming a
master mariner and subsequently completing postgraduate studies in Nautical
Studies and Education. From 1968 until 1983 he served at Bremen Hochschule für
Nautik, as Lecturer, Professor, Vice-Rector and, finally, Rector.
the then Secretary-General of IMO, Dr. C.P. Srivastava, asked Professor Zade
to assist in the design and establishment of WMU, an institution that he served
with passion and enthusiasm for almost twenty years.
Zade was founding member, first chairman, and President of the International
Maritime Lecturers' Association (IMLA) and played a leading role in many other
international and national professional associations such as the International
Association of Institutes of Navigation (IAIN), the International Association
of Maritime Universities (IAMU) and the German Institute of Navigation. He was
a prolific researcher and author of many studies on the subjects of maritime
education and training.
contribution to WMU and to maritime education worldwide has been widely recognized
and honoured. The Government of Germany awarded him one of that nation's highest
honours, the Bundesverdienstkreuz 1.Klasse, the Government of France created
him Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite Maritime and Shanghai Municipality
awarded him the Magnolia Silver Award. Lloyd's List presented him with the Award
for Lifetime Achievement in Maritime Training and Constanza Maritime University
in Romania recently awarded him an honorary doctorate. WMU itself awarded him
the distinction of Professor Emeritus and established an ongoing student scholarship
in his name.
the memory of Professor Zade, WMU will establish the annual Günther Zade
Lecture, to be held in connection with the annual meeting of the University's
international Board of Governors. Distinguished experts from the international
maritime education milieu will speak on issues of maritime education and training,
to which Professor Zade devoted his professional life.
Zade is survived by his wife Inge, his daughter Maja and his son Ralph.
Briefing 17, 10 May 2006
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