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Welcome to FAO WFU Pilot Programme
The FAO World Fisheries University (herein after referred to as “FAO WFU”) aims to contribute to ending poverty and hunger by providing higher education to countries with less developed technological, economic or social conditions.
The FAO WFU will be committed to the following objectives (i) fostering fisheries professionals from FAO Member States and partners for them to build the capacity to lead the respective countries’ fisheries development, (ii) serving as a think-tank for fisheries policies to promote sustainable fisheries, thereby contributing to the attainment of FAO’s major goal of ending hunger and poverty and enhancing food security, (iii) promoting both South-South cooperation and the cooperation between developed and developing countries, (iv) providing education and training in line with the FAO’s projects relevant to the achievement of the objectives envisioned in the 1995 FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (the Code of Conduct) and the Blue Growth Initiative (BGI), (v) disseminating information on new resolutions and the Code of Conduct and (vi) providing a network connecting relevant individuals, organizations, institutes and initiatives to share expertise and best practices in the field of fisheries.
The work towards the establishment of FAO WFU was initiated when the government of Republic of Korea submitted a concept note to FAO. It was formalized in October 2015 when the official proposal for the establishment of FAO WFU was submitted to FAO Council. In July 2016, FAO and the government of Republic of Korea agreed on a step-by-step approach of FAO WFU which included launching a FAO WFU Pilot Programme. The final decision on the establishment of FAO WFU is expected to be made at the FAO Conference in 2021 based on the outcome of the FAO WFU pilot programme.
We are planning to launch the FAO WFU Pilot Programme at Pukyong National University in March 2020. Unlike the first phase of Pilot Programme which was implemented independently by the government of Republic of Korea, the FAO WFU Pilot Programme will be a joint pilot programme with FAO through the MOU between FAO and the government of Republic or Korea concluded in June 2019. The conclusion of the MOU and successful implementation of the FAO WFU Pilot Programme will be a steppingstone to its formal establishment as an international organization.
The FAO WFU Pilot Programme will last for 18 months, delivering on a Master’s degree course of Fisheries Science during three semesters. The course consists of three majors: Aquaculture Technology, Fisheries Resources Management, Fisheries Social Science. A total of 30 students will be subject to this course, 10 of whom will be assigned respectively into each major considering their priority and other matters. Due to the small class size of the course (low student-to-faculty ratio) each student receives the maximum resources and attention of the faculty. Moreover, the student body is highly diverse with students coming from various countries, which will help the students experience multicultural environment and therefore build up a global human network.
We look forward to welcoming excellent students to contribute to national and international development and the goodness of the international community.
Sang-Go Lee, Ph.D.
Dean, FAO WFU Graduate School,
Pukyong National University