The World Maritime University
The World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden is a postgraduate maritime university founded in 1983 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. The aim of WMU is to further enhance the objectives and goals of the IMO and IMO member States around the world through education, research, and capacity building to ensure safe, secure, and efficient shipping on clean oceans.
WMU offers only postgraduate studies, meaning the students must have completed a relevant university education. In addition, students are expected to have worked in the industry for at least five years. Many of their alumni go on to serve as senior maritime officials in ministries, as directors of shipping companies and ports, as heads of maritime academies and naval organizations, and many represent their home countries at the IMO and in international forums and organizations.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) was established in 1948 as a specialized agency of the United Nations and has been charged with the regulation of international shipping from the safety, security and environmental protection points of view. In the past decades, the IMO has established a comprehensive body of international conventions, supported by hundreds of recommendations governing every facet of the shipping industry, and has also adopted rules concerning distress and safety communications, search and rescue and marine pollution response operations.
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