On Sunday, 4 November, the maritime leaders of tomorrow from over 50 countries will graduate from the World Maritime University (WMU). With the education and training they have received at WMU, the graduates are ready to be operational and contribute to the implementation by the maritime industry in their home countries of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). They are now equipped to ensure not only the safe, environmentally sound, energy efficient and secure shipping on clean oceans, but also to promote and help implement sustainable maritime and ocean development in their countries.

Mr. Kitack Lim, the first International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General and WMU Chancellor to hold a MSc degree from WMU, will confer the degrees on two PhD candidates and 124 graduates from the Malmö MSc programme. A number of students from WMU’s China-based MSc programmes as well as postgraduate diploma students who have completed their studies by distance learning will also be present to take part in the ceremony. The 2018 graduation ceremony brings the total number of WMU graduates to 4,921 from 168 countries. Prominent guests from around the world will be in Malmö to attend the event.


WMU President, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry will welcome guests to the Ceremony:

Mr. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization and WMU Chancellor note: Mr. Lim is a 1991 WMU alumnus

Ms. Katrin Stjernfeldt-Jammeh, Mayor and Chairperson of the Malmö City Executive Board

Guest of Honour:
Dr. Anders Wijkman, Co-President of the Club of Rome and Chairman of the Swedish
Association of Recycling Industries

Doctor of Science, honoris causa, will be awarded to:
Ms. Isabella Lövin, Deputy Prime Minister, Sweden
In recognition of her outstanding work and deep commitment to safeguarding the future of the world’s oceans.

Awards will be given out to the graduating students including the Chancellor’s Medals for Academic Excellence, the C.P. Srivastava Award for International Fellowship, the Pierre Léonard Prize for the Best Female Student, the Lloyd’s Maritime Academy Dissertation Prize and the Lloyd’s Maritime Academy prize to the Best Distance-learning Student.

WMU students have a broad range of backgrounds coming from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe and have interesting stories relating to:

  • Studying and living together with people from 50 nationalities in the true spirit of the United Nations;
  • Women who are making important inroads in what is still a male-dominated industry;
  • Adapting to life in Sweden and senior professionals who are leaving their families behind to study in Malmö for 14 months; and
  • Being the second generation of WMU Alumni.

The graduating Class of 2019 began their studies in September 2018. They represent graduates from seven specializations in maritime, including ports as well as ocean affairs. Interviews could be arranged with graduates or new students if desired.


Journalists are welcome to attend the graduation ceremony on Sunday, 4 November. From 12.00, there will be an opportunity to speak with students and staff before the official ceremony begins at 13.30 with a 30 minute music programme before the procession of graduates at 14.00. If you plan to attend or would like further information, please contact Maia Brindley Nilsson, WMU Communications Officer (mbn@wmu.se).


Date: Sunday, 4 November
Time: 13.30
Location: Malmö Live Concert Hall, Dag Hammarskjölds torg 4, Malmö, Sweden