Friends of WMU


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.

Donation of 1M Euro to the Endowment Fund

Establishment of the Land-to-Ocean
Leadership Programme

E-Learning Lab Support

Field Studies

Simulator Lab Enhancement



Without the generosity of its donors, it is impossible for WMU to fulfil its mission to build maritime and related ocean capacity across the world. The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has offered the greatest possible help and provided unswerving support, enabling generations of WMU graduates on their return home to serve their own Governments with distinction and build sustainable foundations.

Project Administrator, Kenya Ports Authority

It was a great privilege to be at WMU and my utmost goal is to ensure I make a difference in how women view the maritime sector, and how they are viewed. It might take years to get to where I want to be, but I am continuing to encourage other women and maritime personnel about WMU and on maritime matters.

MARIAM MWACHIHI  //  KENYA, Maritime Education & Training, 2016

Executive, Ministry of Transport Cameroon

It is an honour for me to be able to acknowledge the incalculable debt I owe the German Government, for having provided funding for my studies at WMU. WMU equipped me with the expertise I needed to be successful in the maritime field. A WMU graduate has learned to always endeavour to function to the best of his/her ability within the confines of any available professional context and to take every opportunity, big or small, fulfilling or challenging.

EMMANUEL NDZE BUH  //  CAMEROON, Maritime Administration, 2004

Deputy Procurement Manager, Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority

My experience at WMU has been life changing. Before I enrolled at the World Maritime University, I was a Purchasing Officer with the Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority – Tema Port. My studies helped me understand better the maritime industry and I did not return to my job the same. I have a better understanding of the role of the other departments that do the core Maritime business for the Authority and how my role impacts them. I have been able to share that knowledge and understanding with my subordinates such that we are continuously positioning ourselves to give better service to our User Departments to ensure that they are following industry trends and are abreast with the growth trends of the industry. Indeed, in management meetings I am able to contribute to discussions on industry trends. My knowledge and understanding of the industry received a great boost. Most important also was the opportunity to visit leading ports in Hamburg and Singapore. Having observed the operations at these ports and knowing how they operate has made me better prepared to contribute to my own Organisation.

PHILIPPA ARMAH  //  GHANA, Shipping & Port Management, 2012