President Benigno S. Aquino III greets World Maritime University (WMU) president Dr. Bjorn Kjerfve during the courtesy call at the Music Room, Malacañan Palace on Wednesday (January 30). Located in Malmö, Sweden, the postgraduate maritime university was founded by the International Maritime Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations. Also in photo is Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Jan 31 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III received World Maritime University (WMU) President Dr. Björn Kjerfve in Malacanang Palace on Wednesday.Dr. Kjerfve, who has dual United States and Swedish nationality, paid a courtesy call on the Chief Executive at the Music Room of the Malacanang Palace.

Also in attendance were Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and lawyer Nicasio Conti, Administrator of the Maritime Industry Authority.

Dr. Kjerfve was appointed as President of the WMU in Sweden in 2009. He was the former Dean of the College of Geosciences and professor of Oceanography at Texas A&M University from 2004 to 2009.

While at Texas A&M, he oversaw four academic departments, the Texas Sea Grant Program, and the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, including the 475 ocean sciences drilling vessel, D/V JOIDES Resolution.

Kjerfve was previously Professor of Marine and Geological Sciences at the University of South Carolina (1973-2004) and served as the Director of the Marine Science Program (2000-2004). He received Ph.D., M.S., and B.A. degrees from Louisiana State University (Marine Sciences), University of Washington (Oceanography), and Georgia Southern University (Mathematics), respectively.

Professor Kjerfve’s expertise is coastal and estuarine physical oceanography. He has published some 12 books and 250 scientific journal papers, book chapters, and reports; has supervised 14 Ph.D. dissertations and 24 M.S. theses, and taught more than 6,000 oceanography students.

His research includes problem-solving in estuarine and coastal waters as well as climate change. Dr. Kjerfve was elected as a corresponding member of the Academia Brasileira de Ciências, the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in 2012. (MNS)