About WMU

Since its founding in 1983, the World Maritime University has been a leader in education and research for the international maritime community, including governmental, public and commercial sectors.

As the International Maritime Organization’s centre of excellence for postgraduate maritime education, WMU’s mission is to be the world centre of excellence in postgraduate maritime and oceans education, professional training and research, while building global capacity and promoting sustainable development.

WMU offers a unique postgraduate educational program, undertakes wide-ranging research in maritime and environmental studies, and continues maritime capacity building. Working closely with its stakeholders, including IMO, the maritime industry, national maritime administrations, and NGOs, WMU is positioned to:

  • Help build a more environmentally sensitive and sustainable world through education and research in the maritime sector
  • Educate future global maritime leaders
  • Contribute to maritime capacity building and the development of effective policies of equal opportunity for the global maritime community
  • Provide an international focus and forum for networking and collaboration on critical issues and developments in maritime transportation worldwide


WMU bases its work around nine core values:

  • Leadership - Serve as global maritime leaders in education and research
  • Integrity - Act equitably, impartially, and fairly in all actions
  • Respect - Behave professionally and earn respect of others, both within and outside the organization
  • Collaboration - Develop and maintain effective working relationships and strong partnerships at all levels
  • Innovation - Treat problem solving and work tasks with ingenuity
  • Transparency - Encourage open communication and provide access to maritime information
  • Accountability - Promote greater accountability
  • Efficiency - Strive for timely, cost-effective, and accurate results
  • Compliance - Ensure that policies are implemented and adhered to
  • Sustainability – Support sustainable development goals for the maritime transport the marine environment sectors as well as sustainability-oriented actions by WMU
Governance & Structure

WMU is an independent academic institution that operates in a complex environment of stakeholders, of which all are key to the success of the institution.  The University is governed by Charter and Statues approved by IMO Assembly. The Secretary-General of the IMO serves as Chancellor of WMU.

The 30-member Board of Governors meets annually and the 11-member Executive Board meets no less than three times a year providing oversight between the annual meetings of the Governors. Both the Board of Governors and Executive Board members are appointed by the Secretary-General of IMO.  

The Office of the President provides executive support to the President in her capacity as Chief Executive Officer of the World Maritime University. It supports the President in several key areas, including executive management and coordination of IMO and UN system matters, legal and external relations, communications, partnerships and development, strategic planning and implementation, fund-raising as well as operations management. The Office serves as secretariat to the WMU Governing Bodies (the Board of Governors and the Executive Board). 

At the center of the University's operation is the Faculty which operates the Malmö-based teaching programmes, the international outreach programmes, research, short courses, conferences and professional services (publications, participation in international panels, boards and seminars). 

In supporting the delivery of the academic programmes, Academic Services and Administrative Services provide a wide range of functions for the institution, including Registry, Student Services, Finance, Human Resources Management, Information Technology and Corporate Services.

The organizational structure of the University follows the functional structure and defines formal reporting lines of all staff at the institution. In addition to the formal structure, the University operates several councils, committees and working groups. Councils and committees are permanent components of the organizational structure of WMU and are either established per definition in the Charter or other legislative document or out of industry practice. 


WMU is well positioned to deliver tangible contributions to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The University's strategic goals, as outlined in the WMU Strategic Plan 2016-2019, its Business Plan 2016-2017 and its current Business Plan 2018-2019, are fully aligned with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The plans focus on the delivery of outcomes in the areas of:
  • recognized excellence in maritime policy education and training;
  • recognized research and teachings on maritime and ocean matters; and
  • strengthened collaboration with the IMO and other UN bodies.

The University is continually focused on supporting IMO member States and maritime industry stakeholders in the implementation of the UN SDGs, in particular, the goals that are of direct relevance to the maritime and ocean agendas.

Through its well-established education, capacity building and research agenda and recognizing that all the goals are interrelated and indivisible, WMU will contribute directly and tangibly to the implementation of the following Global Goals. 


Procurement for the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden is managed by the Finance and Administrative Services following the procurement regulations and rules in the WMU Procurement Manual. The procurement activities aim to seek the best value for money as well as cost-efficient, professional, high-quality and environmentally friendly goods and services through a competitive, fair and transparent process. The procurement activities at WMU cover a wide range of goods and services.

If your company/entity provides goods, works or services that are of interest to WMU and you agree to the WMU General Terms and Conditions and the UN Supplier Code of Conduct, you are invited to register as a potential supplier of the WMU using the WMU vendor registration form to procurement@wmu.se. In addition, we recommend you to register your company/entity also at the United Nations Global Marketplace which is an important procurement tool for WMU to source new potential suppliers.

To ensure transparency and fairness, WMU publishes its tenders below. All eligible vendors are given equal opportunity to submit tenders. If you intend to bid please notify WMU at procurement@wmu.se stating the tender reference and contact details. This will allow us to include you in any updates and queries during the tender process.

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