Short Course International Port Seminar

UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education | Delft, Netherlands
Globalisation causes strong changes in world trade and rapid developments in logistic concepts. Ports all over the world are therefore challenged to increase capacity and access for ever growing ship sizes and to offer quicker, better and more innovative services.

Description of International Port Seminar

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Globalisation causes strong changes in world trade and rapid developments in logistic concepts. Ports all over the world are therefore challenged to increase capacity and access for ever growing ship sizes and to offer quicker, better and more innovative services.

Furthermore national and international rules require a growing attention for health, safety, security and environment in port and transport activities. With these developments in mind, the Port Seminar discusses the planning and design of modern ports and construction and maintenance of port infrastructure.

A special topic in the International Port Seminar is the Port Development Simulation Game.

Target group

Preferably participants have a technical background and some years of working experience in a port environment.

Professionals in (or on their way to) management positions in the fields of port and terminal management, port planning and development, port consultancy, construction and maintenance, are especially welcome at the seminar.

A bachelor level and a workable knowledge of English are required to benefit fully from the Seminar.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Deadline application IHE: March Deadline NUFFIC: October
Tuition fee
  • EUR 3160 Module (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 3160 Module (EEA)
Start date April  2016 Apr to May
Credits (ECTS) 5 ECTS
Duration full-time 19 days
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Entry Level Bachelor

Course Content

In the previous years, the Port Seminar has shifted its focus from general organisational and management aspects of ports to port planning and port engineering aspects.

The theoretical part of the seminar is given at UNESCO-IHE in Delft by lecturers being recruited from port authorities, terminal operators, universities, knowledge institutions and international consultants. They transfer their broad ‘state-of-the-art’ knowledge to the participants by means of lectures, discussions, exercises and a role play (SIM Port*).

Lecture periods are alternated with work visits to ports on the European North-West coast. Probably nowhere in the world will you find such a concentration of outstanding examples of ports varying in size, type, terminal use and management models.

Programmed are visits to the ports of Rotterdam, Amsterdam and seaports in Belgium and France.

Sharing experiences is an inherent part of the seminar. The seminar offers a platform where participants can discuss their specific experiences and problems and develop mutual social and business contacts.

On the last day a programme is organised where participants share experiences about specific topics in their port or other key issues.

*SIM Port is a computer-supported game, played by competing teams of 3-6 persons, that simulates the real processes involved in planning, equipping and exploiting a 1,000 ha port expansion project over a 30 year period. The participants gain better insight in development strategies in relation to commercial and infrastructural choices.

Examination

It is possible to take part in the examination of this short course. If you obtain a passing mark for this examination and return to UNESCO-IHE within four years after completion of the short course to follow a full MSc programme, you will receive exemption for this short course/module. The costs for this exam are €250 extra and should be borne by yourself. Taking part in the examination is not compulsory.

Partners

Port of Rotterdam, Amsterdam Port Authority and the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of the Delft University of Technology.

Additional information

The course fee includes:

  • All port visits and excursions;
  • 2 nights hotel (shared rooms, single room occupancy possible at additional costs) during the port visits abroad;
  • the Seminar Handbook (hard copy and CD-rom);
  • participation in the SIM Port Simulation Game.

Requirements for International Port Seminar

Target group

Preferably participants have a technical background and some years of working experience in a port environment.

Professionals in (or on their way to) management positions in the fields of port and terminal management, port planning and development, port consultancy, construction and maintenance, are especially welcome at the seminar.

A bachelor level and a workable knowledge of English are required to benefit fully from the Seminar.

Work Experience for International Port Seminar

No work experience is required.

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