The ITF Seafarers’ Trust were very pleased to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the World Maritime University on 4 May, setting out the framework under which the Trust will continue to provide fellowship funding for WMU students over the next five years to support global maritime capacity building.
To date, the Trust has provided scholarships supporting the education of 119 students from 29 countries at the WMU, and additionally providing week long field study tour at ITF Headquarters in London.
Signing on behalf of the World Maritime University, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, WMU President, stated “We welcome the continued cooperation with the ITF Seafarers’ Trust, a long-standing supporter and partner of WMU. The work of the ITF Seafarers’ Trust is of critical importance, and their commitment to global maritime capacity building directly supports the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Our mutual cooperation will continue building the impressive network of WMU alumni who are uniformly interpreting maritime Conventions and other international regulatory instruments to ensure safe and secure shipping on clean oceans.”
Mr. Tomas Abrahamsson, Acting Head of the ITF Seafarers’ Trust and 1st Vice Chair of ITF Seafarers’ Section, signed the MoU on behalf of the Trust. He stated, “I am delighted to sign this MoU with WMU to cement our long-standing and very productive cooperation. There are already 119 ITF Seafarers’ Trust fellows, who on returning home take up senior positions in the maritime and port administrations or in maritime academies, where they make an important difference to lives of seafarers and port workers in their countries. We are pleased to commit to selecting a further 25 fellows over the next five years.”
The Trust look forward to supporting these future students in their studies over the next five years and welcoming them to the ITF network of students and alumni.