23 October, 2019

City of Malmö Welcome Dinner, 2019

The City of Malmö Welcome Dinner has been an annual event since 2001. This year’s dinner was held on October 17 in the Old City Hall with over 300 guests in attendance including current students and their families, host families, and WMU faculty and staff. The annual Welcome Dinner is the occasion when the new students are introduced to their local host families. 

The City of Malmö has hosted the World Maritime University (WMU) since 1983, when the University was inaugurated by the International Maritime Organization. Ms. Carina Nilsson, Chairman of the Malmö City Council, and WMU Governor, welcomed the guests to the historic Old City Hall. Ms. Nilsson noted the honor of hosting WMU in Malmö as the University makes a unique contribution to the local community as well as globally, educating the maritime and ocean leaders that will have a significant impact on the global economy which is dependent on trade, and the ocean on which humanity is dependent. She also noted the diversity of Malmö with over 170 countries represented, so the new students could certainly find someone from their own country living in the city.

Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of WMU, represented the University and thanked the City for their ongoing support. The Class of 2020 is comprised of 114 students from 53 countries and the President highlighted they will now build their global maritime network studying at WMU in the true spirit of the United Nations. She emphasized the important role the host families play in welcoming the students to Sweden, and into their homes, to experience Swedish culture. “After their studies in Malmö - which becomes a beloved second home away from home - each and every WMU student returns to their home country as ambassadors for Sweden and especially for its warm-hearted City of Malmö where they have enjoyed such a wealth of experience,” she said.

Newly elected Student Council President for the Class of 2020, Mr. Abas Mohamed Yusuf from Somalia/Ethiopia, thanked the City for their generosity which ultimately fosters future maritime leaders from around the globe. He noted the Class of 2020 had already experienced and appreciated Swedish hospitality and were looking forward to advancing as global maritime and ocean leaders while learning about Swedish culture through their host families. 
WMU organizes the host family programme to help foster contact with, and insight into, Swedish culture. Each host family is matched with one or two students who are invited to their host’s home during the 14-month programme of study at WMU. Many of the relationships fostered result in lifelong friendships that are maintained after the students graduate and return home. For information about becoming a host family for WMU students, contact info@wmu.se.

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