Business demands for an MSC programme in rail freight and logistics

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Author(s)Karagyozov K, Marinov M, Dzhaleva A, Todorova M, Borisov A
Publication type Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Conference NameScientific-expert Conference on Railway (RAILCON)
Conference LocationNiš, Serbia
Year of Conference2012
Legacy Date4-5 October 2012
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The paper presents the results of the survey on demands of business for staff training in rail freight and logistics. It was implemented within the Erasmus project RiFLE aimed at developing an MSc programme in Rail Freight and Logistics that will be offered in English as separate but shared programme at the participating institutions: the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (coordinator), University of Rome "Sapienza", Italy, Todor Kableshkov University of Transport, Bulgaria and University of Applied Science in Ingolstadt, Germany. The survey showed the significant interest of business in recruiting staff with an MSc degree in Rail Freight and Logistics: 40% of companies are planning to employ graduates trained for these sectors in a period of one year and 75% in a 5-year period. The expectations to the programme are to be interactive, intensive, enjoyable and preferably part-time. Universities should also offer short courses of specific topics to enhance personnel knowledge and skills through the LLP (life-long learning programme). Based on the results of the survey, the RiFLE partners have developed the curriculum framework, which consists of mandatory and optional subjects. The latter will provide students with knowledge and skills necessary for career in 5 business areas: Rail Transport and Logistics Management; Transport and Logistics Project Management; Rail Operation Management; Railway Infrastructure Management; Railway Policy and Regulations.