Smart Ports

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  • Smart port concept
  • Best practices from leading ports
  • Guidelines to further explore the concept

Introduction
We live in a dynamic world, where the pace of change and transformation has continuously accelerated the way we as humans understand the world around us, do business or interact with each other. This has applied to basically every industry you could think of: construction, retail, education, … In the transport sector, data has become a new mode of transport.

It has also become common to hear ‘Smart Ports are the only ports that will survive’, or ‘it is not about whether ports will become smart or not, but when’. Indeed, many port players have over the years adopted strategies to make use of digital technologies within the port areas. This has allowed them to gain competitiveness, become more resilient, or reduce their carbon footprint, just to name a few benefits.

Nevertheless, ports are complex ecosystems, each having unique circumstances. What easily works in one port, may not be a fit for other. At the same time, the term ‘Smart’ has been rather abused in the past. It is common to hear it paired with terms such as the Internet of Things, blockchain, or Artificial Intelligence. As a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, keywords such as ‘smart’ or ‘digitalization’ have gained further attention. Yet, the lack of a well founded understanding and context has blurred the scope, goal and outreach of Smart Ports.

In this journey, which takes 30 hours, we will provide a thorough yet realistic picture around Smart ports. The course includes up-to-date academic literature, reports and other documentation which can help you understand better this recent and hot topic.

As we are digitally connecting on a rapid pace, there is still a world to win in the port sector as such. This digitisation is already ongoing in a number of ports. Don’t miss the boat in the opportunity to connect.

Target Group
The course is specially designed for people and prospective managers working or interested in the maritime, ports, transport and logistics sector:

  • (Young) Professionals
  • Finance, IT, paralegals, not engaged in the day to day operations
  • (Junior) Managers
  • Supervisors and team leaders
  • Project managers

Level
The course is suitable for middle management/higher management and given on a Bachelor to a Master level.

Language
The course will be provided initially in the English language. A Spanish version will also be developed.

Total Course description
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Duration
30 hours of self-study.

Validity
The enrolment to the course will be valid for 12 months. Participants can log in 24/7 and can follow the course at their own pace. Furthermore, participants get two opportunities to take the final exam. 

Investment
€ 595,00