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Graduation Ceremony 2016 for the first 26 students from WMU and DNV GL’s Maritime Academy’s joint Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Maritime Management

On Saturday, 29 October, the first 26 students who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Maritime Management graduated from the World Maritime University (WMU) in the class of 2016.

The first class of the joint programme offered by WMU and DNV GL commenced in September 2015 with 28 students from 21 different countries around the world. During the graduation ceremony in Malmö, Sweden, the graduates received their Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Maritime Management from Mr. Kitack Lim, WMU Chancellor and Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

“We are very glad about the successful start of the programme with now 26 graduates in the first class. It demonstrates that students benefit from the combination of WMU’s academic and research expertise and DNV GL’s best practice in the industry”, says Bernhard Löbermann, Senior Training Advisor Maritime Academy. Dr. Ilias Visvikis, WMU Professor, stated: “The topics covered in the programme support the success of managers and are of particular relevance in today’s extremely competitive maritime industry.” The Class of 2017 has begun their studies with 49 students from major countries in the world that are engaged with maritime business. For the first time, the five programme modules offer the option for classroom training in Singapore.

About the programme

The Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Maritime Management, offered in cooperation by the World Maritime University (WMU) and DNV GL’s Maritime Academy, addresses current topics that are critical to providing a holistic education for today’s maritime managers. The five modules of the programme cover key issues in the maritime industry including safety, technology, financial, environmental and leadership issues. They have been selected to reflect challenges and questions that maritime managers are faced with today:

1) Setting the Scene: Contemporary Global Maritime Regulatory and Management Issues in the Shipping Sector.

2) Remaining Competitive in a Changing Market: Strategic Financial Tools.

3) Managing Resources: Human Resource Management, Organisational Processes and Leadership in a Maritime Context.

4) Mastering Complexity: Effective Management of Safety, Security and Risk.

5) Staying Ahead of the Curve: Maritime Environmental Technology, Sustainability and Challenges.

The Postgraduate Diploma provides unique delivery options that meet the individual needs of participants. The programme may be completed entirely by distance-learning or as open-enrolment, classroom-based learning programme.

Registration for the Class of 2018 will open soon with courses beginning in September 2017. For more information visit the Executive Maritime Management Postgraduate Diploma website “Maritime Executive Diploma” or contact us directly at

Photo: 10 out of 26 graduates from the first intake 2015/2016 of the Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Maritime Management offered by WMU and DNV GL Maritime Academy.