Valencia, 13 October 2022. – This afternoon saw the inauguration of the 31st edition of the Master’s Degree in Port Management and Intermodal Transport, a programme owned by the Port Authority of Valencia (APV), directed by Fundación Valenciaport and a degree awarded by the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV).
Vicent Esteban Chapapría, Professor of Ports and Coasts at the UPV and Academic Director of the Master; Antonio Torregrosa, General Director, and Ana Rumbeu, Director of Training, both from Fundación Valenciaport, were in charge of presenting, during the inaugural session, the entities that endorse the Master Programme and the academic regulations.
This edition has 18 students of six different nationalities: Spanish, Italian, Colombian, Ecuadorian, Peruvian and Romanian. Likewise, their professional and/or academic background is varied, including professionals from the national and international logistics-port sector, as well as recent graduates, mainly in Business Administration, Law, Economics and different engineering degrees. The average age of the students is 33 years old and, in this edition, as in the two previous ones, there is a higher percentage of men (61%) compared to 39% of women.
What’s new at the 31st edition
The novelties for this 31st edition are focused on a programme in which digitalisation will be of great relevance; it will also incorporate new activities in the international field and will promote the field of entrepreneurship and open innovation, supported by Opentop, the innovation hub of Valenciaport.
It is worth recalling the innovative methodologies used in this master’s programme with the aim of strengthening experiential learning in the classroom through the resolution of unique and original business cases on: contracting and conflict resolution, internationalisation of companies, import and export of goods, as well as the workshops on customs and maritime documentation, and the one dedicated to ValenciaportPCS, the technological platform created by the Port Authority of Valencia that offers services aimed at streamlining the operational processes of companies in the port community.
The programme is organised around 8 subjects, responding to the needs of the logistics-port sector: Team management and leadership; Foreign trade and internationalisation; Maritime traffic and maritime law; Transport (Land, Rail, Air and Logistics and Competitiveness); Port planning; Port management; Docks and terminals and, finally, the TFM (Master’s Thesis). A total of 600 hours corresponding to 60 ECTS credits, where the academic content, taught by a faculty of more than 70 professors from the national and international port logistics sector, is complemented by debates, workshops and conferences on the latest trends in innovation and digitisation of the sector and more than 25 visits to port facilities, including the ports of Valencia, Alicante, Castellón and Sagunto.
The employment exchange and internships in companies in the sector continue to be the hallmark of this Master’s degree, which also offers the best opportunity for professionals in the sector and access to the labour market for recent graduates. A programme with an employability rate close to 100%.
In addition to the 30 editions held in Valencia (Spain), the Master has been taught in its international edition in the countries of Panama and Colombia and with a blended model (online-presential) in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.