The University of Antwerp (Universiteit Antwerpen - UA) is one of the major Belgian universities located in the city of Antwerp and characterized by its high standards in education, internationally competitive research and entrepreneurial approach. The university has about 13.000 students, which makes it the third largest university in Flanders, with 1,800 international students. The University has 4 campuses situated in the historic city center of Antwerp and in the green belt to the south of the city.
Founded in 2003, the university was created after the merger of three university institutions previously known as RUCA, UFSIA and UIA and the roots go back to 1852. The University of Antwerp forms the backbone of the Antwerp University Association (AUHA) a strategic collaboration with four.
The Institute of Transport and Maritime Management Antwerp (ITMMA) of the University of Antwerp is one of the world's premier suppliers of highly specialized academic and practice-based maritime and logistics education and research. Our activities include M.Sc. programs, a Ph.D. program, short-term courses and tailor-made post-experience programs, research and publications and trend-setting events and conferences.
These programs are announced from time to time. A sample list of past programs conducted at ITMMA is given below:
Antwerp is world-famous for its seaport. With an annual turnover of about 190 million tons of international seaborne cargo, it is Europe’s second-largest seaport and ranks among the world’s top ten. The Port of Antwerp plays a leading role in international trade. The world’s ships are not merely turned round in Antwerp’s docks; there are lots of specialists who attend to the ware-housing, packing and repacking, distribution and forwarding of goods carried in them. This concentration of logistics activities has enabled Antwerp to become an essential element of the European Union’s import and export trade.
Antwerp is far more than merely a Belgian port. It comes as no surprise that Antwerp is a market leader in many trades. More than 75% of all general cargo is packed in containers. Antwerp’s container terminals pride themselves on their productivity and low costs, outdoing many of their European competitors. Not surprisingly Antwerp offers the best quality to price ratio of all North Sea ports.
Antwerp has also maintained its specialized service in non-containerized general cargo and thus has been able to create an impressive amount of quality warehousing space. Currently the port operators offer a total of more than 5 million Sqare meter of covered space. The immense storage capacity that it represents, an extensive range of complementary services and an excellent network of fast links with Europe’s main centers of consumption and manufacturing has meant that Antwerp is a favorite location for sitting distribution operations.
Apart from handling and distribution services, numerous industrial activities have come to locate in the port. Opel Belgium has for instance built one of its largest assembly plants in the Antwerp port area. The concentration of (petro) chemical activity in the port is so great that Antwerp is considered as the world’s second largest cluster of chemical and petrochemical production.