On August 25th, the 17th Graduation Ceremony of the MSc Program in International Transport and Logistics (ITL) jointly run by SMU and World Maritime University (WMU) was held online. Attendees at the ceremony included Prof. Shi Xin, Vice President of SMU, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of WMU, and Mr. Ma Shuo, Vice President of WMU. Professor Ruan Wei, Director of the International Office and Dean of the International Education College of SMU chaired the ceremony.
In his speech, Professor Shi Xin congratulated the graduates on their achievements, and affirmed the fruitful achievements of the ITL program over the decade. He emphasized that under the new development trend of intelligent, green and efficient shipping industry, the program also carries the development mission of the global shipping industry. SMU will continue to integrate its own advantages, make full use of international shipping education faculties, the resources of the global shipping industry, especially the resources of the Shanghai International Shipping Center, excellent teaching methods and advanced management concepts, and continue to run this project with high quality.
Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry expressed her gratitude to SMU for its dedication and support in the development of the program. She emphasized that among the 17 specific goals of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, clean energy, GHG emission reduction, marine environment protection are directly related to the maritime industry. She expected graduates to apply what they have learned and shoulder responsibilities, to give full play to their ingenuity and professional skills, and make positive contributions to the sustainable development of the global maritime industry.
Professor Shi Xin announced the name list of the graduates and Dr. Doumbia-Henry awarded certificates to the graduates online. Mr. Ma Shuo awarded Best Student and Best Thesis to graduates.
WMU is a higher education institution recognized as the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) centre of excellence. Since the ITL program’s inception in 2004, it has cultivated more than 500 senior professionals for the international shipping and logistics industry. In addition to Chinese students, the students of this program also include international students from Germany, Greece, Turkey, the United States, India, Mexico, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea and other countries and regions.