Chair’s Message

The International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU), created in 1999 with generous support from the Nippon Foundation, approaches the beginning of its third decade of strengthening maritime education, training and research at member universities. IAMU has invested its international expertise and influence through current and emerging partnerships to create a well-educated global maritime workforce and leaders of the future. As the authoritative voice of maritime education, training and research, we seek to create effective networks and frequent opportunities to explore, develop, communicate and exchange the very best maritime ideas, practices and scientific solutions.

IAMU was founded by seven original seven charter members in 1999, and under the leadership of our past Chair Neil Bose and Executive Director Takeshi Nakazawa, IAMU now represents 64 members worldwide. The IAMU International Executive Board (IEB), which includes representatives from our three geographic regions, two at-large representatives, the impending AGA host university, as well as the UN’s World Maritime University, is the voice of the membership. The IEB has fostered and sponsored efforts throughout our global membership to improve mariner education and onboard training curricula and experiences, to encourage research in maritime technical fields as well as classroom pedagogy, and to promote leadership and ethics as a fundamental tenet of maritime education.

Whether through research projects by our experienced or junior faculty, conferences that bring students together from across the globe, development projects that lay the foundations for future partnerships, or volunteer working groups who meet frequently to advance the important work of the IAMU, our association is creating positive change. That change comes from dedicated, thoughtful, action-oriented leaders within our membership – and their results are ample proof that our strategy of global collaboration is indeed the best course.

The role of the IAMU will only become more important over the next several decades. Designed, built and run as a global partnership of maritime universities, we will answer the call from governments, businesses and societies for solutions to vexing problems and to the opening of new opportunities. From addressing the effects of climate change, to ocean stewardship, to maritime training and education, to the introduction of autonomous systems into our industries and professions, IAMU has the intellect and savvy within its membership to meet these challenges and to foresee opportunity within the possibilities. I invite you to explore the collaborations that abound within our association and to contribute your talent and time to this remarkable international institution.

All the very best,

RADM Thomas A. Cropper

Chair of IAMU