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The Maritime Economics & Logistics (MEL) programme consists of 15 courses, below you can find a small summary with information concerning each course.

The course Economics (ECO) provides all students with a solid introduction to the principles of micro-, macro- and international economics and builds further on some specific topics. The course discusses certain basic economic cornerstones and serves as a foundation for further courses in the MEL programme.

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The course International Economics (IE) is concerned with the basic economics of international commerce. The goal is to equip students with a profound understanding of the workings of the international economy and its linkages and interdependences with international production, transport and distribution. This includes institutional arrangements (like the European Union, North American Free Trade Agreement, the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund), and the economics of international trade, international money and finance.

Traditional concepts like comparative advantage are explored, as well as the role of industry structure and multinational corporations in international commerce.

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The course Logistics and Supply Chain Management (SCM) offers students a thorough understanding of the complexities of international transport logistics as well as of the methods in Decision Support Systems (DSS) required to optimize it. DSS are introduced and some successful applications of DSS related to supply chain design, inventory management warehousing and product distribution are taught.

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  • The brain in the board room, irrational behavior & Decision making process in the board room
  • Narcissism
  • Forecasting your company results
  • Database management

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The course Management Science (MS) provides students with the required tools and analytical skills in Operations Research, Statistics and Econometrics, to enable them to understand, design and critically evaluate business strategy, policy formulation and research/consultant reports.

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The course Marine Technology and Innovation (MT) provides students with a basic knowledge of ship design and operations which will enable them to cooperate as a non-naval architect with naval architects and ship- owners. The objective of the Marine Technology and Innovation lectures is to provide students with a bird’s eye view of the rich history of major ship innovations, for example the oil tanker and containership, in order to understand the triggers for innovation in shipping today.

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  • Dr. J. Pruyn
  • Prof.ir. A. Aalbers

Maritime Law (MLW) deals with the legal issues in the maritime field, such as contracts of carriage, casualties and insurance. The course aims to develop an awareness of the problems and risks arising from the operation of the ship, and a basic understanding of the law in general and maritime law in particular.

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The course Maritime Logistics (ML) provides students with a deep understanding of the interrelations between terminal design and operations on the one hand, and liner shipping networks on the other. The emphasis is on container terminals as the interface between the maritime and hinterland transportation. We consider both terminal operator strategy/marketing and terminal operations.

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The course Port Management (PM) equips students with the necessary knowledge and skills required for the efficient management of a port authority, and to enable them to develop and evaluate port policies under a holistic understanding of a port’s significance to the national economy and international supply chains.

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The course Research Methodology (REM) aims at providing the students with the essential tools conducting applied research.

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The Shipping and Transport Finance Course aims to provide students with the understanding of the key issues in the financing of ships, ports, transport and other infrastructure projects. At the end of the course students will be able to develop, appraise, negotiate and choose among alternative investment proposals under conditions of risk and uncertainty.

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This course will enable students to understand, analyze and appraise, from a research viewpoint, the role of ocean transportation (and related logistics) in international trade. In this, the fundaments of the demand for shipping services are analysed. The economic importance and related impacts of international shipping are analyzed and the structure of the industry presented in all its various traits, including those of integrated ‘ship- centered’ supply chains.

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The course Statistics and Econometrics (STAT) aims to introduce students to the basic statistical and econometric tools and their applications. After this course, students are familiar with and understand the major techniques in statistics and econometrics. Students are able to apply statistical and econometric tools into research and decision-making.

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Logistics in general and maritime transport in particular are affected by the drive towards a more sustainable economy. This course looks at the challenges (where are the problems?), the solutions (from technology to pricing), and the regulatory frameworks.

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The course aims at enabling students to understand, discuss and elaborate on key aspects of Transport Economics in the global supply chain context. At the end of the course, students will be able to make decisions with reference to transport policy and transport management and identify, understand and contextualise the economic concepts underlying such decisions.

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The high volume of data available today, mostly through online sources, challenges the traditional approaches towards gaining insights from data and translating these insights into actionable knowledge. This course addresses several topics ranging from decision analysis to knowledge representation, and seeks to make students proficient at dealing with (big) data originating from a variety of sources.

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  • Business Analytics
  • Maritime Logistics 3
  • Management Science 3
  • Supply Chain Management 3
  • Ports and Regions
  • Port Management 3
  • Shipping and Transport Finance 3
  • Transport Economics 2
  • The Thesis is a major part of the curriculum to enable students to apply their acquired knowledge during the course in solving transport & logistics problems/issues through appropriate theories and methodologies
  • Internships are encouraged. The student has to take initiative.
  • Research topic is decided by the student (in consultation with a faculty member, an internship host, or with the student’s own affiliation)
  • Independent assessment by a thesis committee
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