On 31 October, the maritime leaders of tomorrow graduated from the World Maritime University (WMU). The Class of 2022 has received the education required to contribute to maritime and ocean matters in their home countries, and more broadly, the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
WMU President, Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, delivered welcome remarks, congratulating the graduates and highlighting the importance of the WMU alumni network that will be crucial in the years to come – particularly as there are only eight years left to achieve the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Guest of Honour, Mr Emanuele Grimaldi, President and Managing Director of Grimaldi Euromed and Chairperson of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). Mr Grimaldi spoke extensively about the responsibility of the entire shipping sector to turn the tide in how we address decarbonisation, and contribute in a significant way to the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In his graduation address, HE Mr Kitack Lim, the first International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General and WMU Chancellor to hold a MSc degree from WMU, thanked the City of Malmö and the Government of Sweden for their continued generosity and support in hosting the University. Mr Lim also thanked the many donors for their ongoing commitment to the WMU mission and its sustainability.
Ms Carina Nilsson, Mayor and Chairperson of Malmö City Council addressed the gathering and expressed pride in hosting the University. With over 180 different nationalities in Malmö, she noted that the City is often described as a young, modern and global city, the same characteristics that could be attributed to WMU students.
Annual Student Awards
The Chancellor’s Medal for Academic Excellence for the MSc in Maritime Affairs 2022 in Malmö, as well as the C P Srivastava Award for International Fellowship, were awarded to Mr Herbert de Vera Nalupa (Philippines).
Ms Elisabetta Pietrobon (Italy) received the Richard Charvet Scholarship for the Postgraduate Diploma in International Maritime Law.
Ms Mo-Ran Pia Maria Han Lindberg (Sweden) received the Richard Charvet Scholarship for the best student of the Master of Laws in International Maritime Law.
You can read a full report of the graduation ceremony and more about the winners of the Annual Student Awards by clicking here.
Class of 2022
The graduating class includes 276 graduates from 70 countries, and sets a record of 94 female graduates. Of these graduates:
- 131 are from the Malmö MSc programme
- 63 graduates from the China programme
- 4 PhD graduates
- 2 MPhil graduates
- 76 graduates from the distance learning programmes, including 8 LLM graduates.
The 2022 graduation ceremony brings the total number of WMU graduates to 5,910 from 171 countries.