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Regional Maritime University  
General Information

1.1 Education Philosophy:

Within the next decade, the Regional Maritime University (RMU) will be known and recognized as the tertiary institution of first choice in advanced maritime education and training, research and consultancy in Africa and beyond”.


1.2 Education Goals:

The objectives of the University are as follows:

•To develop a comprehensive and liberal programme of maritime education and training to match modern technological innovations associated with shipboard operations and the fishing industry;

•To prepare sea-going officers to assume higher responsibilities on merchant ships and fishing vessels;

•To provide adequate training facilities with a view to promoting the administrative, managerial, operational and technical skills of shore-based shipping and ports personnel;

•To promote maritime co-operation and full participation among Member States;


To perform any other functions which are incidental to the objects of the University.


1.3 Brief History:

The Regional Maritime University (RMU), Accra, Ghana, is an international tertiary institution. She attained full University status on the 25th of October, 2007 and was launched as such by His Excellency, John Agyekum Kuffour, President of the Republic of Ghana.


The RMU occupies the premises of the old Ghana Nautical College which was established in 1958 to train ratings for the erstwhile State Shipping Corporation (Black Star Line).  On 1st October, 1982, the Government of Ghana promulgated the Regional Maritime Law 1982 which was followed by the signing of the instrument of transfer, handing over the College to the then Ministerial Conference of West and Central African States on Maritime Transport (MINCONMAR), now known as Maritime Organization of West and Central Africa (MOWCA), which negotiated for its regionalization.  The College was then re-named The Regional Maritime Academy (R.M.A.).    The formal inauguration of the R.M.A. took place on Thursday 26th May, 1983 with the following countries as founding members:  Republics of Cameroon, The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone. 


The overall objective for the establishment of RMA was to promote regional co-operation in the maritime industry focusing on the training to ensure the sustained growth and development of the industry.  The RMU also maintains the same overall objective.



Structure of Institution


The Board of Governors is the highest policy making body of RMU and comprises the Ministers of Maritime Affairs of the respective founding members (Cameroon, The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone), the Secretary-General of MOWCA and the Rector of the University. The Rector is the Chief Executive of the University and responsible for its day to day management.

Structure of Program
On-Board Trainig Scheme