The World Maritime University is embedded in a strong network of partners and donors who contribute to fulfilling the University's global mandate for education, research and capacity building in maritime and oceanic areas. The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has supported the University for many years and is one of our most generous and effective sponsors. As the second largest provider of fellowships, the Federal Government has supported 306 students, including the class of 2019. Among the maritime leaders financed by Germany is Mr. Kitack Lim, the current Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization.
With the establishment of “Friends of WMU Germany” at an inaugural meeting of stakeholders in Hamburg on 26 March 2019, the partnership between Germany and WMU has been elevated even further. The meeting took place at the International Maritime Museum of Hamburg in the presence of Parliamentary State Secretary Enak Ferlemann of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Mr. Ferlemann highlighted the importance of IMO and its work for a maritime nation like Germany and recognized the key function WMU plays in this respect for capacity building in IMO member states to facilitate global maritime transport. It is therefore in the interest of the Federal Republic of Germany to continue the support of WMU. “Friends of WMU Germany” is a cross-sectoral, collaborative platform for WMU supporters from German academia, industry and the public sector. It is intended to become a network of stakeholders who actively want to support WMU in various ways - through dialogue and by providing inputs to the teaching and research priorities, through collaborative research with PhD and MSc students, by hosting field studies, by lecturing at WMU or in any other suitable ways that can raise awareness for WMU in Germany or support WMU in its mission.