Founded in 1983 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the World Maritime University (WMU) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is a center of excellence for maritime post-graduate education and research and offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs as well as Professional Development Courses with the highest standards in maritime affairs.
Headquartered in Malmö, Sweden the aim of the WMU is to further enhance the objectives and goals of the IMO and IMO member states around the world through education, research and capacity building to ensure safe, secure and efficient shipping on clean oceans.
The University operates on the basis of a Charter adopted by the IMO Assembly and is accountable to the IMO Secretary-General, the Council and the Assembly. It is also accountable to an international Board of Governors who are composed of representatives of approximately 50 different governmental, industry, labour and educational bodies.
By letter dated May 30th 2014 Ambassador Dwight Gardiner of Antigua and Barbuda was notified that the Board of Governors of the WMU had unanimously agreed to offer him a special award as Outstanding Alumnus 2014. He was advised that his nomination was considered because of his support and service to the University and its global mission as well as his personal achievements after graduation.
He is also the Chairman of the Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control and was presented with an award by the Senior Maritime Administrators of the Caribbean Region two years ago in recognition of his work within the region. He will be the 5th recipient of this prestigious award which he will receive in November as part of the annual WMU graduation ceremony.