There are many excellent reasons for choosing to study at the Institute of Transport and Maritime Management Antwerp (ITMMA) of the University of Antwerp. Here are just some of them.
1. A world port and associated maritime and logistics business network in your backyard
The port of Antwerp is Europe's second largest port with an annual volume of about 170 million tons of seaborne cargo and a container throughput of 7 million TEU (twenty foot equivalent units). The port is home to world-leading cargo handling companies such as PSA HNN, DP World and Sea-Invest, a wide array of international logistics groups and several hundreds of freight forwarders. Moreover Antwerp is a port of call in the liner schedules of all leading shipping lines and alliances and the north European hub of Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). Over its ten years of existence, ITMMA has been forging privileged working relationships with those companies that have contributed to the growth of mainport Antwerp. On joining ITMMA, the captains of industry will take you to the very core of the port's and their own companies' success.
2. A personal value-added touch
ITMMA has built a solid reputation over the years for high-quality teaching delivered within a caring, supportive academic community. At the same time, we invest in research which complements and enhances our teaching. In a stimulating environment, ITMMA's creative and interactive approach with respect to learning, to extensive student support and to promising career outcomes, makes studying at ITMMA both exciting and rewarding.
3. A teaching staff with strong academic credentials
ITMMA's academic staff is recognized worldwide as being at the frontier of academic research in port economics, maritime economics and logistics. The staff members publish frequently in toprated academic journals. They have received several awards for research excellence from leading organisations such as the International Association of Maritime Economists. Our professors are invited by institutions all over the world to share their knowledge and experience at conferences, seminars or to act as visiting professors. But there is only one place where you can meet them all: ITMMA.
4. Antwerp, a modern metropolis with strong historical roots
Antwerp is a wealthy historical town by the river Scheldt: it still evokes memories of great artists and scientists such as Rubens, Van Dyck, Jordaens, Brueghel, Plantijn, Erasmus amongst many others, all in a thousand years of architecture and five centuries of music and artistic and decorative crafts. In short Antwerp is a metropolis with many dazzling facets, just like its world-famous diamonds. It is no surprise that the city of Antwerp contains innumerable pubs each with its own character, wonderfully sophisticated restaurants, typical street cafés and busy shopping streets. Antwerp is art, science, culture and economics all rolled into one. The city's location is in one of the best value-for-money areas in North-West Europe, with general living costs, including accommodation, proving extremely reasonable. Getting to major European cities such as Paris, London, Brussels, Cologne or Amsterdam is fast and easy. And last but not least as a port city and a transportation hub, Antwerp is easily accessible by train, coach and plane.
5. Embedded in the University of Antwerp
ITMMA is an institute within the official structures of the University of Antwerp (UA), one of the largest universities in Belgium. The University of Antwerp offers education in the arts, political and social sciences, law, applied economics, commercial engineering, natural and medical sciences, pharmacy, biomedical and veterinary ciences, pedagogic and information sciences. It is an entrepreneurial university which focuses largely on scientific research, and as such competes for grants on an international basis. The University of Antwerp has set up a large number of co-operation programmes with internationally renowned universities and institutions and is continuously looking for new opportunities in this fi eld. Together with the UA Management School and the UA Institute of Development Policy and Management, ITMMA forms a select group of excellent UA institutes and centres which provide a wealth of internationally-oriented programmes.
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