IAMU was founded by seven universities representing the five continents of the world (Representative Universities) in November, 1999, with a shared recognition of significance of maritime education and training in the rapid globalization of the international shipping arena. Since then, IAMU has significantly expanded its membership, and now boasts 68 universities/academies/faculties of the world’s maritime education and training institutions, and The Nippon Foundation as its members, total 69 altogether.