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MScs in Railway Transport and Logistics: State of the Art and Perspectives for a New Programme

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Marin Marinov


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The objective of this paper is to discuss results obtained from a Structured Survey on MScs in railway transport and logistics which has been conducted within the RiFLE project. RiFLE stands for Rail Freight and Logistics Curriculum Development and is funded by the Erasmus (LLL) programme of the European Commission. The aim of the project is to develop Master Courses to be delivered in English language by the participating institutions as separate but shared programmes in their Universities. The approach is to analyse, enhance and adapt existing courses already offered by the Universities of the participating institutions within a modern rail freight and logistics environment. Therefore the goal of the Survey was to define the State of the Art of the current Offer of MSc “railway transport and logistics” related courses across the European and non-European Countries. For the collection of data a questionnaire has been developed. “SuperSurvey” was used to approach intended respondents. SuperSurvey is a user-friendly online platform for collecting information using questionnaires. The target group included professors, lecturers and masters programmes managers in transport and logistics. Existing relevant programmes from European and other Universities and institutions for Higher Education have been collected and analysed. Information collected helped to define a comprehensive framework of transport and logistics curricula, courses and programmes and to understand different levels of learning and structures of Higher Education such as single modules, bachelor courses, master courses, as well as mobility programmes and patterns. For the purposes of this paper a brief description of the questionnaire and a summary of the main findings is presented. In general, the results obtained suggest that most Universities having transport and logistics programmes collaborate with railway-focused companies, while the logistics sector is less active in Academia-Industry collaboration.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Rizzetto L, Ricci S, Marinov M

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 4th World Conference on Learning, Teaching and Educational Leadership (WCLTA-2013)

Year of Conference: 2013

Online publication date: 27/10/2013