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What is IAMU?

The International Association of Marine Universities (IAMU: ai-ei-em-ju:) was founded by seven universities representing the five continents of the world (Representative Universities) in November, 1999, with a shared recognition of significance of maritime education and training in the rapid globalization of the international shipping arena. Since then, IAMU has significantly expanded its membership, and now boasts 68 universities/academies/faculties of the world’s maritime education and training institutions, and The Nippon Foundation as its members, total 69 altogether.

The IAMU is the global network of leading maritime universities providing Maritime Education and Training (MET) of seafarers for the global shipping industry. All members of IAMU share the understanding:

  1. that globalization has been progressing rapidly in the international shipping arena;
  2. that Safety, Security and Environmental Protection are crucial issues for the maritime sector; and
  3. that passing on maritime skills and knowledge to the following generations needs to be achieved on a global scale.

All members of IAMU also recognize the significance of maritime education and training and note that:

  • the shipping industry is a service industry, in which human resources are the critical element;
  • it is only feasible to secure and to preserve highly qualified human resources in the maritime industries through effective education and training;
  • and effective education and training in the maritime sector derives from scientific and academic rigor and development of a clear link between practical skills, management techniques and a focus on quality.

Based on this shared understanding, it has been mutually agreed:

  1. that members shall cooperate with each other in a range of scientific and academic studies, developments, and practical applications associated with Maritime Education and Training;
  2. that members shall endeavor to achieve measurable and worthwhile outcomes for Maritime Education and Training through IAMU activities;
  3. that members shall publicize the results of their activities as extensively as possible both within and outside IAMU, and shall endeavor to accumulate scientific results for the benefit of the international maritime community;
  4. and that the members shall thereby contribute to the enhancement of Maritime Safety, Security and Environmental Protection.

The Association was created in 1999 by a group of maritime universities from across the world as a non-profit organization.

IAMU Executive Board Members (FY2024)
  • Adam Weintrit, Rector (Gdynia Maritime University, Poland)
  • Malcolm Wise AM, Principal-AMC (Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania, Australia)
  • Shan Hongjun, President (Dalian Maritime University, China)
  • Francis X McDonald, President (Massachusetts Maritime Academy, USA)
  • Nafiz Arıca, Rector (Piri Reis University, Türkiye)
  • Dr.J.Ramachandran, Chancellor (AMET University, India)
  • Jari Multisilta, President (Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Finland)
  • Ana Peric Hadzic, Dean (University of Rijeka, Faculty of Maritime Studies, Croatia)
  • MAXIMO Q. MEJIA,JR., President (World Maritime University, IMO)
  • Mitsuyuki Unno, Executive Director (The Nippon Foundation)
  • Takeshi Nakazawa, Executive Director (International Association of Maritime Universities)
Standing Committees

The following Standing Committees are established in the International Executive Board to fulfill its responsibilities.

Policy and Planning Committee
  • Head Adam Weintrit, Rector, GM
  • Member Shan Hongjun, President, DMU
  • Member Mitsuyuki Unno, Executive Director, The NF
  • Member Takeshi Nakazawa, Executive Director, Secretariat
Academic Affairs Committee
  • Head Nafiz Arıca, Rector, PRU
  • Member Ana Peric Hadzic, Dean, UR-FMS
  • Member Jari Multisilta, President, SAMK
  • Member Takeshi Nakazawa, Executive Director, Secretariat
Liaison Committee
  • Head MAXIMO Q. MEJIA,JR., President, WMU
  • Member Malcolm Wise AM, Principal, AMC
  • Member Takeshi Nakazawa, Executive Director, Secretariat
Finance Committee
  • Head Ana Peric Hadzic, Dean, UR-FMS
  • Member Francis X McDonald, President, MassMA
  • Member Takeshi Nakazawa, Executive Director, Secretariat

Executive Director
e-mail: nakazawa@iamu-edu.org

Deputy Executive Director
Yusuke MORI
e-mail: mori@iamu-edu.org

e-mail: matsuzaki@iamu-edu.org

2024 Themes
Protecting Our Mariners – Promoting Our Industry – Providing for the Future
Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Cape Cod

Cape Cod, a timeless destination located on the east coast of Massachusetts has enticed vacationers from all over the world. Just a short drive from Boston, it is a peaceful escape from city life.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy is located at the mouth of the Cape Cod Canal. Located in the heart of Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is a short walk to Main Street. Here you will find restaurants and shops to explore.

Adjacent to Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the Cape Cod Canal bike path. The path runs approximately 7 miles down the canal and provides a beautiful route for walking, biking or simply sitting and watching the boats go by.

Cape Cod encompasses 15 distinct towns and two islands, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Each town boasts a unique personality from beautiful beaches and sunsets to shopping and dining.

Sandwich and Falmouth are short drives from Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Both quaint seaside towns have ample shopping and restaurants. Martha’s Vineyard is a quick ferry ride from Falmouth.

Spend a day exploring the beautiful gingerbread houses or shopping in one of the many villages of Martha’s Vineyard.

Cape Cod is known for its delectable cuisine. Many of the local flavors come straight from the waters surrounding Cape Cod.

It is a haven for numerous top-rated restaurants renowned for its seafood including must-try specialties like lobster rolls, oysters, clam chowder, fried clams and stuffed quahogs (kō-hogs).

Helpful Links

Nippon Foundation

Nippon Foundation

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