Ambassador Batoon-Garcia with Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, Filipino members of the faculty and students of the World Maritime University with the personnel of the Philippine Embassy. (Group photo courtesy of the WMU)
20 January 2020, Malmö, Sweden - Ambassador Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia called on Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden last 20 January 2020. President Doumbia-Henry praised the Filipino alumni and present students of the university for their contribution to the development of the maritime industry in the Philippines since they are in position to effect policy change and ensure effective implementation of international maritime standards in shipping, maritime regulation and seafaring. Ambassador Batoon-Garcia expressed her sincere appreciation to the WMU for its support to Filipino students and the Philippine maritime industry. Ambassador Batoon-Garcia and President Doumbia-Henry discussed the continuing cooperation between the Philippines and the World Maritime University in the fields of maritime education and training as the Philippines is a major source of seafarers for international shipping. She also introduced Officer-in-Charge Minister Raul Dado who will establish the Philippine Embassy in Stockholm which will shortly have jurisdiction over Sweden.
Ambassador Batoon-Garcia also met with the Filipino students and faculty members and senior staff members of the World Maritime University led by Professor Max Mejia, Ph.D, Associate Academic Dean and Atty. Leo Viajar, Head of Financial and Administrative Services.
The World Maritime University (WMU) was founded in 1983 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, as its premier centre of excellence for maritime postgraduate education, research, and capacity building. One of the goals of the WMU is to have highly qualified specialist maritime personnel in all countries across the world, and in particular developing countries.
For the academic year 2019-2020, there are 7 Filipino students taking up various advanced graduate degrees. Since its founding there have been about 180 graduates from the Philippines. End