Prof. Jens Uwe Schroeder-Hinrichs
Dr. Jens-Uwe Schröder-Hinrichs is Vice-President (Academic Affairs) and oversees the development of the academic agenda and profile of World Maritime University (WMU). At the same time, Professor Schröder-Hinrichs is a leading expert on maritime safety and risk related topics with special emphasis on the implementation and enforcement of the legal instruments of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the parent body of WMU.
Throughout his professional and academic career, he focussed on capacity building in maritime administrations across the globe and has advised IMO Member State administrations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Northern America as well as in the Black Sea and Caspian Sea areas on issues related to their international obligations under various instruments of the IMO.
In recent years, Professor Schröder-Hinrichs developed a strong interest in the implications of increased levels of automation and new technologies in maritime transport. He was the principle investigator for the “Transport 2040: Automation, Technology, Employment – The Future of Work” study, commissioned by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and launched in 2019.
Professor Schröder-Hinrichs grew up in the beautiful town of Stralsund in Eastern Germany and initially pursued a seafaring career. He studied maritime transport engineering and earned a PhD in safety science. His professional carrier in the maritime industry of Germany included positions in companies like Germanischer Lloyd before he joint WMU in October 2000.