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2019 January 11 17:51

WMU announces new COO and VP Academic

The World Maritime University has announced two new members of senior management who have taken up their posts as of 1 January 2019.

Dr. Joseph Harbouk is joining WMU as the Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Harbouk holds a BS in Computer Information Systems and an MBA from the University of Indianapolis, and an EdD in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola Marymount University. He is joining WMU from Harford Community College where he served as Vice President for Finance and Administration. He has held a range of senior management roles at several higher education institutions in the United States. His extensive experience includes leadership, Strategic Planning, Integrated Planning, Facilities Master Planning, administrative efficiency, and development of innovative financial models.

Dr. Jens-Uwe Schröder-Hinrichs has assumed the role of Vice President (Academic). As a former seafarer, Dr. Schröder-Hinrichs held a Certificate of Competency as Master Mariner. He earned an MSc equivalent degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in Transport Engineering from the University of Rostock and a PhD (Dr.-Ing.) in Safety Science from the University of Wuppertal. Professor Schröder-Hinrichs joined WMU in 2000, most recently serving in the role of Director of Research and Head of the Maritime Safety and Environmental Administration specialization. Beginning in 2009, he coordinated the Maritime Risk and System Safety (MaRiSa) Research Group and served for several years as the Editor of the WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs. His areas of expertise include implementation and enforcement of IMO instruments, accident analysis, maritime safety and risk assessment.