Inaugural WMU-DNV GL’s Postgraduate Alumni Reunion Dinner in Singapore

WMU DNV GL Alumni Reunion 2018

Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of World Maritime University (WMU), known for developing the ILO Maritime Labour Convention (2006) was in Singapore for the week-long ITF Congress recently. On 19th October 2018, she spent the evening catching up with DNV GL’s Maritime Academy Singapore, WMU graduates and current students of the WMU-DNV GL’s Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Maritime Management (EMM) over a scrumptious seafood dinner.

It was an inaugural networking opportunity that promoted international exchange and transfer of maritime ideas and knowledge. The attendees showcased a snapshot of how diverse the Alumnus is – from the assorted nationalities and varied maritime sectors they represented, to their WMU qualifications: one earned his Master’s degree back in 1995 at the WMU campus in Malmo, Sweden, while 2 students of EMM 2019 cohort are currently taking their course online.

Founded in 1983 by IMO, the WMU is a center of excellence for maritime postgraduate education and research and regarded as an international university having educated 4,921 graduates from 168 countries to date. The partnership between WMU and DNV GL to deliver the EMM programme makes it truly unique and meaningful.

Marianne Choo, (EMM 2017) who initiated this gathering said, “Over the past 35 years, WMU has done a tremendous job in the capacity building of global leaders who are passionately safeguarding and promoting the maritime industry in their respective roles around the world. This is a wealth of maritime experience and expertise which we should tap on and grow through WMU Alumni’s unique international forum for networking and collaboration.”

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“I was deeply thrilled and honored to receive my graduation award from Mr. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), WMU Chancellor and the first to hold a M.Sc. degree from WMU, and jointly presented by Dr. Cleopatra, President of the WMU on 5th Nov 2017 in Malmo, Sweden. With the quality education and training received during my 11-month Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Maritime Management (PGD EMM) in Singapore, I hope to contribute to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) in my work - to operate ships with higher safety and environmentally sound procedures, to help raise standards for my company SeaTeam in a competitive market and also contribute to “safer shipping and cleaner seas”. While my 2016/2017 cohort of students attended the PGD EMM course in a classroom setting, I understand that the course is now run online. I believe this is less disruptive for those who wish to obtain an executive maritime management education while working full-time. I encourage all who wish to upgrade their maritime knowledge to attend this course.

With today’s unprecedented rate of changes in shipping and increasing regulations, keeping pace with developments is crucial to avoid being outdated. I realized on my graduation day that the EMM studies was not an end, but rather a beginning, which prompted me to enrol myself in to the LLM Program at WMU. I hope to be part of the exclusive WMU alumni and remain contactable with all my fellow students as some they are poised to be world maritime leaders of the future. I sincerely wish to thank Dr. Cleopatra for taking time out of her busy schedule in Singapore to meet us recently and also inaugurate Singapore's very first alumni event”, said Capt. Baskar Padmanaban, PGD EMM Class 2016/2017, Singapore.

Studying with WMU and DNV GL’s Maritime Academy

For more information about the two offered Postgraduate Diplomas offered by WMU and DNV GL’s Maritime Academy please take a look at our websites:

Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Maritime Management

Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Safety and Security

The registration for class 2019/2020 is now open.