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Maritime Transport Management and Research Programs & Related Short Courses at Centre for Maritime and Air Transport Management (C-MAT)

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The University of Antwerp (Universiteit Antwerpen - UA) is one of the major Belgian universities located in the city of Antwerp and characterized by its high standards in education, internationally competitive research and entrepreneurial approach. The university has about 13.000 students, which makes it the third largest university in Flanders, with 1,800 international students. The University has 4 campuses situated in the historic city center of Antwerp and in the green belt to the south of the city.

Founded in 2003, the university was created after the merger of three university institutions previously known as RUCA, UFSIA and UIA and the roots go back to 1852. The University of Antwerp forms the backbone of the Antwerp University Association (AUHA) a strategic collaboration with four.

C-MAT at the University of Antwerp is one of the world's premier suppliers of highly specialised academic as well as practice-based education and research in transport economics, with a focus on maritime and air transport. C-MAT was earlier known as Institute of Transport & Maritime Management (ITMMA).

Centre for Maritime and Air Transport Management (C-MAT)

Academic & Short Term Programs

Masters Program

  • Master of Science (MSc) in Maritime and Air Transport Management with Maritime Transport Major (1 year): The Master of Science in Maritime and Air Transport Management is a 1-year program which prepares its graduates for the challenges faced by the transport sector today. The main objective of the program is to help executive staff members from transport-related companies and organizations (shipping companies, port authorities, terminal operators, airlines, airports etc.) to become top-notch executives and researchers in the field. It is specifically designed with an international audience in mind and aimed at individuals with a background in economics or management focusing on transport-related matters. 

Research Program

  • PhD Program: Students can apply to do a PhD at the Department of Transport and Regional Economics (TPR) of the Faculty of Applied Economics at the University of Antwerp. In order to qualify, it is recommended to have successfully completed the Master of Science in Maritime and Air Transport Management with the Research Fundamentals.

Short Specialization Courses

  • Port Economics and Business (2 weeks): The course deals in detail during the first week with among others the typology and role of port actors, technical-nautical-labour aspects of ports, passenger and freight services, port traffic forecasting, port governance and internationalization, port productivity measurement, port pricing strategies. During the second course week, economic, regulatory, safety, environmental and social policy strategies are dealt with. Specific issues like infrastructure and terminal finance, congestion solving, hinterland strategies and port innovation are tackled.
  • Maritime Economics and Business (2 weeks): The course on Maritime Economics and Business focuses on issues that shape the maritime transport market. Topics include - How is this market organized in practice? What role do the authorities play and how do they impact on the behavior of shipping companies? How are price and cargo affected? What kind of business strategies do shipowners pursue? How are market forecasts made? Which kind of vessel is best suited for deployment on specific routes and/or loops, or for specific cargo types? These and other crucial issues are analyzed by means of economic tools.
  • Maritime Supply Chains (2 weeks): The course Maritime Supply Chains provides an in-depth view into the management of maritime supply chains. It also examines how such supply chains can be affected by exogenous trends and events, such as structural changes in international trade, evolutions in the global fleet, and national and supranational maritime policymaking.

Other Short Topics

  • Research and methodological courses
  • Advanced Industrial Economics
  • Research Methodology
  • Transport Modelling

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