About RMU

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 1stOctober, 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.

Vision & Mission


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”.


A sub-regional tertiary institution that exist to enhance the development of the maritime transport sector and the fishing industry in member states through the maritime education of students, training of marine personnel, research and consultancy and promotion of maritime co-operation.  The hallmarks of its operations are meeting international standards, teamwork, discipline and professional integrity.


The objectives of the University are as follows:

  1. 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;
  2. To prepare sea-going officers to assume higher responsibilities on merchant ships and fishing vessels;
  3. To provide adequate training facilities with a view to promoting the administrative, managerial, operational and technical skills of shore-based shipping and ports personnel;
  4. To promote maritime co-operation and full participation among Member States;
  5. To perform any other functions which are incidental to the objects of the University.

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Dedicated to the consistent development of human capital in the maritime industry of the sub-region and beyond, the University has trained thousands of personnel for the maritime and allied industries.

Furthermore, the RMU has a Quality Management System.  In view of the fact that the institution wants to reach higher levels of excellence, it has developed its Quality Management System on the requirements of ISO 9001:2000 and was given ISO 9001:2000 certification in September, 2007.

RMU Vice Chancellor

Prof. Elvis Nyarko is an accomplished Academician with over twenty years’ experience in the field of Marine Environmental Science Research.

As a distinguished lecturer, with expertise in research, mentoring, consultancy and investigative work, he has, over the years, provided scientific and innovative support to vital National and International projects. Prof. Elvis Nyarko has provided valuable scientific support in the capacities of Consultant, National Coordinator, Investigator, among others, to some Internationally partnered projects. These include the GloBallast Project, a joint initiative by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to control the spread of marine invasive species via ship’s ballast water (2009 to 2011). Others are the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Technical Co-operation Africa Project to enhance Regional Capacity for the Assessment of Contamination in the Marine Environment (2008-2012).

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