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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.

Academic Programs

Masters Programs

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Transport and Logistics Management (Pg.Dip.TLM) - 1 year: The program in Transport and Logistics Management is a post-experience program for middle-management transport and logistics professionals and high-potential students with a background in business studies wanting to increase their knowledge of the specialist areas of transport and logistics management. The main objective of this program is to provide participants with state-of-the-art know-how and know-who in the field of transport, logistics and the maritime industry and to enable each participant to apply and master the business skills offered in the various courses.
  • MSc in Transport and Maritime Management (MTMM) - 1 year: The MSc program aims to prepare its graduates for the challenges transport companies are faced with today. As such, it enables people in the transport sector to upgrade their technical knowledge and abilities through state-of-the-art specialist courses, combined with general management training. The program employs a wide variety of teaching methods and styles designed to create a challenging and stimulating learning environment including structured lecture programs, seminars, case studies, project work, talks by eminent external speakers and visits to organizations who are leading the way forward in the practice of managing and planning transportation systems.
  • MSc in Transport and Maritime Economics (MTME) - 1 year: MTME student has a thorough knowledge of research methodology, quantitative and qualitative research methodology, advanced industrial economics and game theory applied to the transport and maritime sector, the organization of the shipping industry, strategic port planning and port marketing, port management, port policy, supply chain management, ICT and risk management, strategic management, and additional related issues. MTME is a doctoral program in fact, leading to a PhD in Transport and Maritime Economics is intended for young university/college graduates and provides a high purposive scientific training that is needed to do scientific research in the field of transport economics and maritime management. Work experience is not an entry requirement for the MTME program.

PhD Program

  • PhD in Transport and Maritime Economics: The program offers a thorough scientific training in the field of transport and maritime economics combined with specific management training. The PhD students will work and study in an institute where education, research and practical knowledge are closely linked. They will be introduced to a vast number of national and international experts, who are in close touch with ITMMA (e.g. guest lecturers). The special relationship that ITMMA has with numerous transport and maritime companies will allow the students to test their scientific knowledge against daily practice. These elements will guarantee that ITMMA will turn out high quality PhDs.

Short-Term Courses

    These programs are announced from time to time. A sample list of past programs conducted at ITMMA is given below:

  • Shipping, Maritime Safety and Port Security
  • Terminal Management
  • Warehouse and distribution management
  • Hinterland Transportation
  • Public Private Partnerships in Ports. Structures, Pricing, Funding and Performance Measurement
  • Techniques of International Trade and Transport
  • Shipping


UA-ITMMA Admissions

ITMMA Location

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Pg. Dip. in Transport & Logistics Management

  • The basic entry requirement for the program is a first university or college degree OR extensive work experience, preferably in transport, logistics or supply chain functions. English language requirement such as IELTS 6.5 is required for certain nationalities.

MSc in Transport & Maritime Management (MTMM)

  • One of the basic entry requirements for the MTMM program is a university or college degree (of a 4-year minimum full-time program) in a relevant subject (applied economics, law, commercial or civil engineering, commercial sciences, political sciences, maritime sciences or nautical sciences). Selection criteria include relevant work experience (preferably 3 years minimum) and career objectives. Candidates who do not hold one of the above-mentioned degrees, but who hold another university and/or college degree in another discipline can be admitted, provided that they have an extensive professional experience of at least 5 years.

MSc / PhD in Transport and Maritime Economics (MTME)

  • One of the basic entry requirements for the M.Sc. in Transport and Maritime Economics (MTME) is a university or college degree (of a 4-year minimum full-time program) in a relevant subject, with an overall mark of 'cum laude' or 'distinction' (i.e. some 70%). Work experience is not an entry requirement.

UA-ITMMA Scholarships

  • The Lloyd Award
  • MSC Containerization Awards
  • The Ahlers Award
  • The Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Antwerp No 207 Award
  • The Libertas-Humanitas Award
  • Partial scholarships from the Foreign Affairs administration of the Flemish Government for the MSc in Transport and Maritime Management (MTMM)

PORT of Antwerp

PORT of Antwerp

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.