The World Maritime University was established in 1983 by the International Maritime Organisation to deliver technical education to students exclusively drawn from the developing world, facilitating their home nations’ efforts to implement IMO conventions. Its graduates now number around 4000 from 165 countries and the WMU has evolved into a genuine post-graduate university, offering M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes, post-graduate diploma courses and professional development courses to the maritime world.
Based in Malmö, Sweden, with additional programmes in Shanghai and Dalien, China, it has become a global centre of excellence for maritime and ocean post-graduate education and research, promoting the international exchange and transfer of maritime ideas and knowledge. In Malmö, Sweden, WMU offers a program leading to a Master of Science in Maritime Affairs. Students can specialize in one of the following areas:
- Shipping Management & Logistics
- Port Management
- Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration
- Maritime Law & Policy
- Maritime Education & Training
- Maritime Energy Management – New in 2016
- Ocean Sustainability, Governance and Management – New in 2016
In Shanghai, China, WMU offers a Master of Science in International Transport & Logistics, and in Dalian, China, a Master of Science in Maritime Safety & Environmental Management. The China-based programs are designed and taught by WMU professors.
Many of the WMU’s graduates have moved to senior positions in their own countries in maritime administrations, port authorities, shipping companies and in the maritime world at large. They will often acknowledge the debt they owe to the university and the specialist expertise they were able to gain during their time in the Swedish city.
Over the years, as the university has developed, the ITF Seafarers’ Trust has been a strong supporter of the WMU, providing funding to over 100 fellowship students.