A new distance learning course has been launched by leading port scholars to help further knowledge about port development and management.
The course has been developed by seven leading academics that jointly cooperate in www.porteconomics.eu, the web-based initiative aiming at developing and disseminating knowledge about seaports.
One of the contributors, Peter de Langen, is the owner and principal consultant of Ports & Logistics Advisory, a small Rotterdam based consultancy firm and also works part-time as professor of Cargo Transport & Logistics, at Eindhoven University of Technology. He is also a regular contributor to Port Strategy.
He said: “This course allows participants to learn when and where they want. There is another distance learning programme, but that course works mostly with industry practitioners, this initiative works with leading academics. This course brings together leading academics for different universities with a track record in industry oriented research and executive education. The strong involvement of leading scholars working in Isa, North America and Europe is unique.”
The distance learning programme consists of self- studying readers, a large number of short video lectures and individualised assignments. Four core modules provide core concepts and insights, participants can chose four additional electives of more specialised topics.
It is being targeted towards individuals working or with the ambition to start working in the ports industry. A secondary audience consists of academics that want to increase their knowledge for teaching and or research.
The other contributors to the course include: Theo Notteboom, Thanos Pallis, Pierre Cariou, Michael Dooms Jean-Paul Rodrigue and Francesco Parola. They frequently contribute to industry reports and conferences, publish widely read opinions and have experience in leading executive education programmes worldwide.
This new programme is a further cooperative step following the successful introduction of the Port Executive Seminar organised annually since 2010.
Participants can start on the course from 1 September 2015 onwards.