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City University London launches Masters course to tackle future transport challenges

City University London is offering a new postgraduate course from September 2011 to help create a new generation of cross-disciplinary transport professionals. They will be in demand to develop the innovative and sustainable transport systems required around the world to reduce emissions and still meet future demand for mobility and trade.
by Luke Nava

City University London is offering a new postgraduate course from September 2011 to help create a new generation of cross-disciplinary transport professionals. They will be in demand to develop the innovative and sustainable transport systems required around the world to reduce emissions and still meet future demand for mobility and trade.

The new Masters in Transport Strategy and Systems has been created in consultation with senior representatives from business, government and professional bodies, who acknowledge the need for more strategic staff development.

Jeremy Blake, Manager, UK and Ireland, at global consultants, GHD, says: "We want people who can fully realise their potential and we regularly find that even excellent candidates are missing a good understanding of the connections between technology and commerce. A course like City's, focussed on closing this gap, helps by removing barriers to progression and adding value to our business."

The Masters will address a range of emerging themes including: the need for previously siloed freight and passenger transport modes to be better integrated with each other and wider urban infrastructure; the growth of smart and low carbon technologies and how these can be put to best use in transport domains; and the development and implementation of energy and emissions policies.

It has been designed for two key groups: transport professionals with some years' experience who want to broaden their strategic insight and step up to senior or consultancy roles; and other young professionals such as lawyers, systems architects or asset managers who wish to specialise in transport.

"Transportation is high on the global agenda. In every conversation we have with peers from world cities, we hear more about the great social and economic potential of improved transport - provided it can be transformed sustainably. The need for more integrated thought by those who guide future transport decisions has led us to create this truly interdisciplinary Masters programme."

Professor Dinos Arcoumanis, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and International) and Course Co-director

"Transport strategy is a key to unlock one of the great challenges for coming decades. Better transport systems and services can support greater development, mobility and freedom but at the same time they must also radically change their profile and cut back their impact on the planet's energy and other resources."

Professor Manolis Gavaises, Course Co-director

The new Masters tackles this engineering management challenge head on, addressing responses to both changing social needs and new technology options for decarbonisation, by bringing together expertise from the University's School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, School of Informatics and The City Law School.

Like City's existing postgraduate programmes in the field, which include Air Transport Management and Maritime Operations and Management, the course will be taught in a modular format, enabling professionals to complete it part-time in up to two years. Their studies will be guided by academics and visiting practitioners specialising in fields such as contract law, systems engineering, transport emissions, management and leadership, informatics design and strategic decision-making.

A part-time scholarship covering all fees is also being offered, with the support of the City Collaborative Transport Hub - an interdisciplinary network launched by the University in 2009 to spearhead a holistic approach to education, knowledge transfer and research for the transport sector.

Further information about the course, the scholarship and how to apply is available at www.city.ac.uk/transport-msc.

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