The two-week blocked course on Port Economics and Business (download pdf 2 MB) wants to provide participants with thorough insights and knowledge in the role, the functioning and operations, and the policy-making in relation to seaports. This knowledge is shared by top-level academic staff of C-MAT and its scientific partner network, as well as by high-end practitioners, port authorities and policy-makers, which will actively involve course participants in interactive lecture sessions, field visits and panel debate sessions.
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.
The course content is based on first-hand research results obtained by members of TPR and its network, as well as the long-lived experience of decision-makers at port terminal operating companies, port authorities, integrated chain operators, port associations, and banks. During the two course weeks, sufficient room will be left for interaction between participants as well as with the various lecturers featuring in the program. The course, through its high-level scientific content, values 6 ECTS credits for Advanced Master programs as well as PhDs upon successful completion of the related assignments.
The course will take place from 19th to 30st March 2018 at the University of Antwerp (see practical information).